The last few days the clock my PC has been loosing time. Since last night it has lost 7 hours 15 mins. I searched google to see what the cause might be & the two main answers I found were 1 the CMOS battery was draining & 2 the Motherboard was failing. I hope it is only the battery. But is there a way for me to find out if it is the Motherboard that is the cause.
Or you can just buy one from the supermarket or chemist or poundshop, they will be on the stand with the other batteries. Cost about £2 each. CR2032 flat silver battery looks like a 10p coin but a bit thicker.
Do you know how to take the old one out? Some pc's have a clip to undo and often you need to prise battery free as it is a tight fit.
We are presuming you have a desktop pc and not a laptop. You don't want to inadvertently damage the clip so tell us the make and model of your pc and we can advise.
on the mother board you will find a coin size silver battery, that needs replacing. It should have a + plus sign on the top. You may need to grown yourself to stop eletric discharge using a strap or other method. open the case take out he old battery, and replace with new one.
A failing CMOS battery wouldn't make your PC run slow, neither would it affect your ability to run the large majority of programs. Given your PC's age, and given the symptoms, that's definitely what it looks like.
You can usually slip the battery under the metallic tab (if available), but if you try this method don't use force, as the tab might break, or the space between the battery and tab might get wider, making electric circuit contact a little difficult.
It was the battery, I installed a new one set the date & time then shut down the PC. I have just turned it back on & the time is as it should be. When I saw it could be either the battery or the motherboard, I thought the way my luck has been for the last few weeksit's bound to be the motherboard. Maybe my l7uck is changing. Thanks to all for replying
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