WIndows clock not keeeping time

  Paul-269846 11:02 31 Jan 2003

I am having to use 'About Time' program to update my clock everytime I log on as the clock only starts from the last time I logged off. I run Win XP Pro but I have a feeling it may be something to do with a bios setting (???).

Any help please

  whizza 11:04 31 Jan 2003

battery on the mobo

  jazzypop 11:12 31 Jan 2003

As whizza (briefly) says, if the PC is not keeping time while it is switched off, then it is almost certainly a dead / dying battery on the motherboard.

You will have to take the case off and look for (typically) a small round battery, similar to a watch battery. They are fairly cheap to replace - should not be more than £5 - and simply lift out and snap back in.

Do not put off replacing it - if you leave it much longer, your BIOS will 'forget' all it knows about your hardware and current settings.

P.S. As you are using XP, double-click the clock in the System Tray and click the Internet Time tab - XP can synchronise it's time without the need for a 3rd-party program.

  woodchip 11:16 31 Jan 2003

Go into cmos at start if the clock is the right time it will not be the battery, its something else

  Paul-269846 11:36 31 Jan 2003

Cheers everyone

  Old PC man 13:30 31 Jan 2003

If you are on synchronised time is there a danger that the battery will go flat without any warning?. I know that a battery should last several years but losing your BIOS settings is not a thing I would enjoy. Is there a way to check battery condition in Win98/Me/XP??


John /#)

  jazzypop 14:35 31 Jan 2003

None that I know of (although I hope someone will say that there is a battery-checking utility that they use every day).

You will not lose your BIOS contents suddenly and without warning, although I suppose that a side-effect of clock-sync software is that you may not notice the motherboard clock is losing time (an early warning sign of a failing battery).

As I understand it, the Windows XP time-sync utility is set to check once a week, not at each boot-up. A quick glance at your system tray should alert you.

If the worst happens, you will have to spend some time resetting your BIOS to how you want it, once your new battery is installed. There was a very recent thread on capturing your BIOS settings, in case you need to restore them. In my experience, about 90% of BIOS's are exactly as they left the factory :)

  Old PC man 21:09 31 Jan 2003

From the amount of time that has lapsed since you posted, it would seem that this utility is very rare. Or has everyone been snowed in and cant get to a computer?

I'll keep my fingers crossed and get a spare battery in a couple of years time, just in case.


John /#)

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