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    System clock losing time

    I am running Windows 98SE on two PCS. On each I synchronise the clock using Atomic Clock Sync v2.6. I have noticed that the clock on one PC seems to be losing time during the day even though it is running on mains power. I have just synchronised both and within five minutes one PC has already lost 30 seconds. What could be causing this and what can I do to fix it?

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    Re: System clock losing time

    It could be a dying or weak CMOS battery or a "clock chip" that's failing. You didn't say how old the computers are but I guess I'd try a new battery, even though that entails taking off the covers. If you've never done it before, be sure you ground yourself before you touch anything and use care when removing the battery - they're sometimes stubborn about removal.

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    Re: System clock losing time

    <hr>If you've never done it before, be sure you ground yourself before you touch anything<hr>
    Shouldn't you ground yourself even if you've done it before? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: System clock losing time

    The PC in question is 3 years old, the other one which has no problem probably 5. Strangely, today the problem PC is not losing any time at all. In fact it has gained about3 seconds over about 5 hours. Does this suggest anything?

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    Re: System clock losing time

    The PC in question is 3 years old, the other one which has no problem probably 5. Strangely, today the problem PC is not losing any time at all. In fact it has gained about3 seconds over about 5 hours. Does this suggest anything?

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    Re: System clock losing time

    Your most inexpensive and least time consuming option would be to first replace the CMOS battery like BigAl said. After that, if it still loses time, post back, and maybe someone can come up with a more definitive solution after ruling the CMOS battery out.

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