The security certificate presented by this website

  Furkin 11:21 29 Jun 2010
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ACER T120. XPpro - IE8

A strange thing just started on my machine,,,, I went to log onto one of my bank sites,,,, and got the message "The security certificate presented by this website has expired or is not yet valid - etc".
I thought it was a glitch at their end, so tried to log on to another banks site. I got the same message,,,, and again when trying to log on to a Credit Card site.

I no longer think it's a glitch at their end.

I'm about to re-boot to see if I have an insignificant (!) glitch at my end, but in the mean time was wondering if you guys know what it's about ?

cheers

  Furkin 11:26 29 Jun 2010

I just saw on Google, that if the date changed on the computer would/could make this happen. I checked the date and it was 1910 instead of 2010 !

I changed it to 2010 & it 'seems' o.k now.

I've never known a machine to change dates on it's own. Any idea why that might happen ?

thanks

  gengiscant 11:30 29 Jun 2010

It can somtimes indicate that the cmos battery need renewing.

  Sea Urchin 11:34 29 Jun 2010

Yes, you definitely need to change the CMOS battery

click here

  Furkin 11:36 29 Jun 2010

Is it likely ? The machine is about 5 years old and is on every day, almost all day.

Can this be checked ?

  Sea Urchin 11:36 29 Jun 2010

CMOS battery generally lasts about 5 years

  Furkin 11:57 29 Jun 2010

Sorry S.U: I replied b4 seeing yours.
I've looked at the link. I had assumed that these batteries were re chargeable (realising that they still burn out etc) - it seems that they are just coin batteries.

I keep loads of batteries,,,, but only cheap ones, so I'll get a decent one for this issue.

I've looked in the BIOS in the past but never done anything in there. It will be interesting to see what I make of it ?!?!
The link says to write down all the settings. Is that ALL the settings in BIOS ?

I'm about to re-boot & look to see what mine is.


Whilst on the subject, I had thought (just the once) about updating the BIOS. Is it comparatively easy ? What are the pitfalls for a first timer ?

  folsom 12:32 29 Jun 2010

Is BIOS and CMOS the same thing then?

  Sea Urchin 12:35 29 Jun 2010

No - definitions here

click here

click here

  Furkin 12:41 29 Jun 2010

Re Booted & wrote down CMOS stuff.

Couldn't see the BIOS 'type' - AMI / AWARD etc on booting, so will whip the panel off & see if it says anything on the chip.

Will also see the exact CMOS battery.

Date/Time stayed correct at re-boot.

  ronalddonald 12:48 29 Jun 2010

It may happen on off as the month or year goes by it would be a good idea to back all your drives onto an external drive before you proceed to change the battery and make sure our grounded.

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