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I'm losing Time

by lriecks / September 21, 2008 9:14 AM PDT

For some reason I lose one hour two or three times a day on my computer clock. Can anybody help me out?


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(NT) Replace the CMOS battery. Google.
by Coryphaeus / September 21, 2008 9:19 AM PDT
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As previously mentioned...
by glenn30 / September 21, 2008 9:32 AM PDT
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it is most likely the internal battery. Most common place to find it is on or near the motherboard. Is most often about the size of a nickel or quarter coin and cheap to buy at most any store selling batteries.

Check your manual for the battery number or through manufacturer online support for your make and model computer.

I would not remove the old battery until ready to install the new replacement... don't know for sure but some setting could be lost if left out for some length of time.


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Another Item To Check...
by sunwatcher / September 21, 2008 9:22 PM PDT
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You didn't say what OS you are using, but your time zone might be set incorrectly, causing your computer's time to lose an hour when synchronizing with an NTP server. On Windows XP for example, you can check this by clicking on the time in the tool bar and checking your settings.

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check your CMOS
by GENE8 / October 3, 2008 5:37 PM PDT
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It looks like your CMOS battery is dying. It needs replacing.

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Back-up your BIOS settings first!
by ebbtides / October 4, 2008 12:46 AM PDT
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Yes, you can change the suspect low battery that powers your BIOS; but FIRST, BE SURE TO BACK-UP YOUR BIOS SETTINGS! Once that old battery is removed all previous settings will disappear. Simply putting in a new replacement battery won't do the trick; once you have the new battery in place, then your old BIOS settings will need to be restored!

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BIOS might not be lost
by GENE8 / October 4, 2008 3:51 AM PDT

Removing the battery does'nt necessarily mean that the BIOS settings will be lost if no back up is made first. It depends on the amount of time that goes by when the battery is removed and a new one is put in. If the replacement is done quick enough, then no settings will be lost. And besides, if the Real Time Clock is losing time, then that means that the BIOS settings are probably being lost already. Its better to just make a record of the BIOS settings first before replacing the battery, instead of backing up. That way if the BIOS is lost, all settings can be re-entered manually.

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Never had a problem...
by glenn30 / October 4, 2008 5:35 AM PDT
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but the battery was removed and replaced immediately. The bios should hold for a few minutes. Just be sure you have the correct battery so it can be installed promptly. Battery number is on the old one if you can see it... otherwise check your manual or manufacturer support for that model computer.


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Can you post your specs?
by ecmorgan69 / October 5, 2008 3:41 AM PDT
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(a) How old is your machine?
(b) How much RAM do you have?
(c) What OS are you using?
(d) Does the clock in Windows (assuming it's Windows) revert to the accurate time after a reboot? Not a silly question, by the way because I've seen this phenomenon before...

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by lriecks / October 5, 2008 5:03 AM PDT

I have a sony vaio vcg-10ag it is 3 years old,igig ram,using windows xp media center. speed 1.3ghz. No the clock does not reset to correct time upon reboot. It loses exactly one hour and is easily corrected by using time/date control panel

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One Hour Loss
by sunwatcher / October 5, 2008 10:24 AM PDT
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If it's losing <i>exactly</i> one hour each time, then this is more likely a problem with your time zone or daylight saving settings. Check those for correct settings in the control panel.

Hope this helps.

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Things to try
by PudgyOne / October 5, 2008 7:56 PM PDT
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Make sure that your computer hs all the Windows Updates.

Double click on the clock, click on time zone and make sure the correct time zone is selected. If you cant the clock to change automatically for the time change, check the box.

Now make sure the time is set correctly by using internet time.


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