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Clock reads way wrong unpredictably

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by theskillspool, Dec 31, 2010.

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  1. theskillspool

    theskillspool Thread Starter

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    Is there anything I can do to get my Windows clock back on track? It will read correctly for many weeks on end -- or even longer -- but then it will start giving the wrong time. The wrong time may be minutes or hours off.
     
  2. lafinr

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    I've heard that if the button battery in your motherboard is beginning to fail or die, then your clock will start randomly changing the time. Maybe try replacing that battery, and see if that fixes it. I don't think they are very expensive, and you should probably be able to get it at walmart or any electronics store. I could be wrong though, so don't hold me to it if that's not a fix.
     
  3. theskillspool

    theskillspool Thread Starter

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    Thanks, lafinr!

    I have a laptop and would probably not want to do that job myself. If indeed that battery is failing, is it something I should take care of anyway, or would it be okay to live with it (which I can do -- it's easy enough to correct the time when necessary)?
     
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    I would definitely take care of that ASAP. I'm currently having problems that might be related to my motherboard battery failing, and now my computer won't always start up. Like I said though, I could be wrong so I would wait until someone with more experience confirms that I'm right. Replacing that in a laptop probably isn't the easiest thing.
     
  5. theskillspool

    theskillspool Thread Starter

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    Thanks again, lafinr. I really appreciate your taking the trouble to help me. I'll take your advice and wait a little while to see if there are other responses.
     
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    It depends on the laptop. On my daughters laptop the battery is under a cover that is removed with one screw; probably easier than opening a desktop computer. What is the manufacturer and model for the laptop?
     
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    Thanks, Frank4d, for your interest (and Happy New Year!).

    I have an Acer TravelMate 2200.
     
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