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Cant find system clock setting in Bios

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by C5John, Mar 30, 2006.

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  1. C5John

    C5John Thread Starter

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    Hello, I've recently installed WinXP on an older Compaq (P2, 350mz, 256mb ram). Yes I know its supposedly under the minimum requirements. But believe it or not it runs pretty good. My problem is that I want to change the system clock but cant find the system clock setting in the Bios. Does anybody know how to change the system clock on an older Compaq like this? Thanks, C5John
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Do you mean the time/date? That's normally on the main BIOS page.
     
  3. C5John

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    Yes, I mean the time/date. I checked the main bios page and everywhere I could go in the Bios and I cannot find any refernce to setting the time or date. Thats the problem. I have a new computer too, and I can find it in that ones bios, but the older one is totaly different screen for the Bios and I just cant find the system clock setting. Again, its an older Compaq Presario pentium 2.

    ps. The reason for the duplicate was because I wasnt sure which was the appropriate catagory to post it in. Sorry, I'm not all that proficient in using forums.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Well, since I don't have one to look at, it's hard to say. You can download a boot floppy from www.bootdisk.com and boot into MS-DOS. Use the TIME and DATE DOS commands to set the clock, they're also written to the MB clock chip. I presume the object of the exercise is to set the MB clock, right?
     
  5. C5John

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    Yes that is the object. I will try the bootdisk thing, although I'm not proficient at using DOS. Thanks.

    Ps. did you notice the ps. in my previous post? I edited it into post, but possibily after you read it.
     
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    Wouldn't setting the date and time shown in the XP task bar (or the Date & Time control panel) set the clock on the motherboard to the same date and time?
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Yep, I wasn't sure that XP was installed totally, I should have asked. :)
     
  8. C5John

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    I thought the internal clock in the Bios and the clock on the taskbar were two different entities. If not, I guess I just learned something else.
     
  9. JohnWill

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    The O/S clock setup also sets the MB clock chip.
     
  10. dustyjay

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    yes setting the windows time will update the bios clock time. How ever if the cmos battery wont keep the time wen you shut the computer down the windows time will have to be reset eachtime you shut down and restart.
     
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