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Clock timekeeping problem

by jtal / April 10, 2011 8:06 PM PDT

For some months now I have found that every time I switch on my 10-year old Evesham PC (Win ME, Athlon 1.1 Ghz, 512 Mb RAM, 40 Gb hard disk), the clock is wrong (slow), sometimes by a few minutes, sometimes by as much as 9 or 10 hours. However, it keeps perfect time while running. I have changed the CR2032 battery 3 times in 2 months but even a brand new Duracell hasn't solved the problem. There are no other anomalies and the PC is still quite fast and stable.

The only significant occurrence some months ago was the disconnection of the power supply, connection of a new one (for tests) and then reconnection of the original one. This solved a problem of the PC failing to power down. However, I think that the clock problem existed before this.

Any ideas?
John

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If a new battery doesn't help.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2011 3:11 AM PDT

Then the RTC on the motherboard is suspect. Since we can't change that, we replace the mainboard.

Yes there are Clock cards made like http://www.beaglesoft.com/clcainstall.htm but the price astounds most folk.

Why not enable the time sync to the internet?
Bob

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Clock timekeeping problem
by jtal / April 11, 2011 7:15 PM PDT

Thanks for the suggestion but I'm still on dial-up at home and very rarely go on-line. I do almost all of my Web work for free at local libraries (very fast broadband).

I guess I'll just have to live with the problem.

John

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The next day, the next idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2011 4:01 AM PDT

Now that I think about it, this machine needs to be inspected for BAD CAPS.

Google BAD CAPS and you find pictures, stories and how this issue is resulting to problems INCLUDING your issue.

Good hunting,
Bob

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BAD CAPS
by jtal / April 25, 2011 7:32 PM PDT

Been away on holiday for 12 days and just seen your further comment, which I will investigate asap. The clock was 3 days slow on return!
John

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