PC Clock Going Haywire

  shadowseer 12:39 20 Oct 2003

Can anyone throw some light on my problem?

Up until approx a month ago the clock in my PC was working ok. I now find that I am losing about 15 mins per 2-3 days, I have downloaded and installed a program that accesses an atomic clock, it finds the correct time, changes the time on my PC for about half a second and then it reverts to the time it was before I used the program.

The only way I can set the correct time is to go into the bios and do it from there, it then lasts for 2-3 days and I have to do it again.

I thought it might be the battery on the Motherboard but then my PC is only just over 12 months old, I hardly think it could be that. I was also wondering if it could be a program that's been installed and had an effect on the clock! If anyone has had this kind of problem could you please advise on what I should try or look for.

PC details are:-
eMachines 960
Intel Pentium IV 2.0GHz
SiS650 Chipset
Award Modular Bios v6.00PG
768Mb Ram
Win XP Home Ed with SP1

Many thanks in advance people.

  Simsy 12:50 20 Oct 2003

you r PC is "only just over 12 months old" I would still suspect the mobo battery until it's proved otherwise. It might be a grimy connection on the battery, so you could just remove and clean it first... if that doesn't work relace it. They're only a couple of quid.

Good luck



  Stuartli 13:02 20 Oct 2003

It would be unusual for the battery to have packed up in such a short time - I've never needed to replace one over a period of many years.

Have you checked the Regional Settings and the Time Zone configuration which could have inadvertently been changed?

  shadowseer 13:13 20 Oct 2003

I have already taken the battery out and given it a good clean.

I just tried to alter the time by double clicking on it, it was showing 13:20 when in fact the correct time was 13:07. As I changed it to the correct time and clicked on apply, it did change to the right time and then about a second later it went back to the time before I started.

Regional Settings and the Time Zone are correct, I'm at a loss, I've run out of ideas. lol

  shadowseer 13:21 20 Oct 2003

Yes it's set to automatically synchronize with an internet time server.

  graham√ 13:26 20 Oct 2003

Try it with the sync. turned off. Maybe a firewall is corrupting it.

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That may not work!

Also check the date is correct.

  shadowseer 13:59 20 Oct 2003

Just downloaded and installed the above prog, it still does the same thing, changes the time to the correct time for about 1 second and then reverts back to the incorrect time that I started with.

Yet if I change it from the bios, as I have said, it will last for a further 2-3 days and it's out by minus 15 mins approx.

  Stuartli 16:15 20 Oct 2003

There is an Internet Time Check facility on XP if you haven't tried it.

  graham√ 16:58 20 Oct 2003

I've just suggested turning it off to see if that is the problem. :-)

  shadowseer 17:05 20 Oct 2003

I've tried it with the sync on and off in windows but it still reverts back to the incorrect time.

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