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    PC Clock Slow

    Hi all,

    A week or so ago I started noticing my PC clock didn't keep up with actual time. Each time I turned my PC on (at nights) the clock was several hours slow. I believe there must be some kind of battery or something that I can change to solve the problem. Any ideas?
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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    Turn the PC off. Disconnect the power. Open the case. There is a small battery similar to a watch battery on the motherboard. Check out which it is and go purchase one. Easy to replace.

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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    Any major slowdown of your PC clock should only occur when your PC is turned off, of course, because (only) then the power comes from your silver battery.

    It may also be worth checking that you are synchronising your PC time with an Internet Time Server every week or so. (Double-click on the time value at the bottom right of your screen, then click on the Internet Time tab and check if there's a tick in the box!). Later... I suspect this may be for XP only...

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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    And if you want to keep it as up to the minute as possible, there must be a million of these out there, but I use: AboutTime recommended here in The Lounge a few years ago (I think by <!profile=WyllyWylly>WyllyWylly<!/profile>)

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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    It might be a good idea to note what the settings in the BIOS are? Or at least in my situation, when I changed that little battery, I lost my settings. My handy dandy notes helped me!! (Mine took an Energizer 2032) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    Hi Skitterbug,
    The most common battery IS the 2032. They are all one and a half volts with few exceptions.
    I've found that on the rare occasion that the battery has to be replaced, if you have the case open and the new cell ready, you can usually turn off the system and flip the old one out and replace it before the charge on the capacitors "bleed" down. Thus no BIOS settings are lost.
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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    A stupid question, but how do you display the BIOS' so that you can take note of them? - I don't know and would really like to!!
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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    Hi Keith,

    First no question is stupid!! All questions are legitimate especially when a person doesn't know the answer to them!

    On my system, I have to hit the delete key at a very early moment in the boot process - it will say so on the screen - and then the BIOS dialogue box will appear. The info that I needed to record was under "The Standard CMOS Setup". To get into the screen you want to explore, you use the up/down arrows to highlight the title and then hit the enter key. I wrote down the information about my primary master and slave. After recording what I felt I needed, I hit the Esc button to back out of the program. And then I chose to Exit Without Saving. A box will come up asking "Quit without saving (Y/N)? Click on Y and hit enter and your system will continue to reboot.

    I must not have been fast enough when I changed my battery because I had lost my primary master/slave information. So I just re-entered it and then saved the settings when I exited the BIOS and it rebooted without a hitch after that.

    I can't stress enough that If all of this seems to complicated, ask more questions or get someone to help you!! Care has to be taken when you explore the BIOS so you don't change any of the settings unintentionally!!

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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    John,
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    IMHO, most BIOS settings can be ignored, etc.
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    You can't be serious about that statement, can you?
    Without BIOS setttings, NOTHING WORKS! HDs not recognized, serial & parallel ports possibly not enabled, time settings wrong, and so on and so on!
    Would you care to elaborate on that? <img src=/S/please.gif border=0 alt=please width=31 height=23>
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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    Finish the sentence. He said that most modern systems figure it out on their own not that you don't need a BIOS.

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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    Including a footnote on something Skitterbug said. Most modern machine BIOS chips have an auto detect setting for the IDE connections and generally will pick up the correct information on the drives connected. As for the clock, I "guess" that's correct except that most people nowadays set the date and time through the OS and not the BIOS. John Gray is correct in that today's motherboards have tremendously un-complicated all those heretofor crappy settings one had to make to get the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> machine to even work. Nevermore!

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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    2032 is the most common - but I think you will find they are 3 Volts.

    Do make sure you UNPLUG your power supply before removing your battery. ATX supplies provide a +5Vsb (standby) voltage which is fed throughout the motherboard. Some power supplies have a master power switch on back - that should work - however, there is saying that has universal meaning, including in electronics; When in doubt, pull it out.

    NEVER touch the new battery or the battery contacts with your fingers. The oils in your skin will promote corrosion. I put clean socks over my hands.
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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    I stand corrected....3 volts.
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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    Boy, do I feel antiquated now!! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> I knew my computer system was older but I hadn't realized how out of date it was until I read that the new MBs find their own settings automatically. Not so with mine!! Guess it is time I really think about a new set-up!! <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>


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    Re: PC Clock Slow

    Thanks Guys. I'll be watching the start-up process intently next time I switch on!
    Keith

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