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    laptop forgets the date

    My laptop (the one I'm using now) reverts to a date and time in 2004 every time it starts from cold.
    It's no big deal to reset it to the correct date and time, but what's the likely cause and what's the fi?
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    Re: laptop forgets the date

    There's a little battery on the motherboard that feed the configuration memory (CMOS) and the real-time clock. This battery may have gone bad.

    Unfortunately, replacing it is not easy in a laptop, it's probably best to get an expert to do this.

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    Re: laptop forgets the date

    Hi John

    You do not mention the operating system you are using but here is a method to check if the battery needs replacing:

    1) Click Start
    2) In Run, type cmd
    3) Press OK
    4) Type C: ( where C: is your root folder)
    5) Type time and then press Enter
    6) Compare the time at your DOS prompt and the Systray

    If they are different then the battery needs replacing. As Hans suggests, this is a job for the computer shop, it is not as "easy" as a desktop PC.
    Jerry

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    Re: laptop forgets the date

    Thanks, chaps.
    Both the time and the date are the same in the nerdy window as in the clock in the bottom corner of the screen.
    But the 'dog hasn't been turned off for more than the time for a restart recently.
    I'll leave it off overnight in case it's remembering the time by the slow discharge of a capacitor rather than the ?CMOS? battery.
    And you're both right: getting into this thing with a crowbar isn't the preferred weapon, and the instruction book doesn't help.
    Not the user version, anyway.
    NB as the toy is sometimes used for money and charging interest, the notion of date is 'of the essence'!

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    Re: laptop forgets the date

    John, you never did say what things look like inside the BIOS screens. Have you gone into the BIOS to see if there's something strange in there that's causing this 2004 date thing? Just curious. Of course, you could always install one of the little freebie clock setters to set the time every hour or so, if the machine has internet access when it's turned on. I've used this one for several years and it works quite well: AboutTime Home Page

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