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Invalid date and time.

by Baper / July 27, 2008 5:44 AM PDT

Friend of mine started getting this message on his older Dell computer running Windows XP - "Invalid date, strike F2 for setup adjustment." He rebooted, hit F2 and reset the date but after a day or two the message comes back. When this error occurs the year date will change to a prior year such as 2003 or 2005. He has run antivirus and anti spyware scans but no problem was detected. Also, the computer slows down considerably when he gets the message - don't know if the slowness is related to the invalid date or not. Will appreciate an advice anyone can give. Thanks!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 5:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Invalid date and time.

Tell us if you replaced it.

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Battery never replaced.
by Baper / July 27, 2008 5:58 AM PDT

No, the CMOS battery has never been replaced and the computer is probably more than 5 years old.

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Googled CMOS battery.
by Baper / July 27, 2008 6:07 AM PDT

Bob, thanks much! I googled "cmos battery" and that sounds like the problem and there's lots of info out there on how to replace it. Thanks again!

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Thanks for the report.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 6:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Googled CMOS battery.

Good luck and thanks for the report.

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