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systray clock showing abnormal dates

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by somak_de, Feb 15, 2003.

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  1. somak_de

    somak_de Thread Starter

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    I am facing a serious problem. My computer (p3 859 mhz,windows me, 20 gb hard drive,128mb ram) systray clock showing strange timings .Right now it showing the date 4th January,1980. everytime I restart it the date changes to another. Moreover some times while starting the computer it moves to set up. I have an updated nav 2001 and it detected no virus. So please help
     
  2. rugrat

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    Sounds like the battery on your motherboard is bad. This battery holds all settings such as time date etc... in the cmos (BIOS) when the system is powered down.

    Let us know
     
  3. somak_de

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    but how can i check that. i am using this comp for last 2 years with no problem.
     
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    If you have a multi-meter, you can take the battery out and check the voltage. If not, the battery should be pretty cheap, just put in a new one and see. The battery is probably a coin shaped silver disk and should pop out easily. Some motherboards did have batteries that were soldered on. If you know what kind of motherboard you have, we can find out.

    Let us know
     
  5. dogbonz

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    It's the battery.

    While they last 4+ years usually, sometimes you
    get a crappy one. It's about the size of a quarter,
    and bright silver.

    Make sure you ground yourself on the computer's
    frame before touching anything. The battery is under
    a little clip, usually. Pop it out, head down to Radio
    Shack and get a match. It's a 3 volter.

    Don't ya love it when you use "atomic time" and it
    adjusts 364 days and 7 hours ? ;)
     
  6. somak_de

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    sorry for being let.
    actually i dont want to check that battery on my own as i never did that before. mine is a mercury mother board. if it's the problem with the battery do i have to replacre that?
    o some thing else can be done ? i mean through setup
     
  7. rugrat

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    If the battery is the coin type, it is really easy to replace. It simply pops out and the new one pops in. You do have to replace it as, the battery keeps the time etc... up to date when the machine is off.

    SeeYa
     
  8. randyc

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    sounds like the CMOS batter is dieng. its a pretty easy operation if your comfortable inside of your computer, otherwise, just bring it to a local shop, they should only charge ya 10 bucks or so including parts. theres a TINY chance someone has planted a prank program in your computer too.
     
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    "theres a TINY chance someone has planted a prank program in your computer too."

    what do u mean by that. how can i detect that. actually first i want to make sure that if i can solve it myself without opening the cpu.
    another thing is that sometime when i start my comp a black set up screen comes. it contains many tech specification and it says some where " cmos setting wrong....press f1 to enter set up
    press f2 to load default value and exit.

    when i press f2 it says searching for boot record.....and it just stops there......
    f1 moves to set up and when i exit machine restart normally
    i think the problems are related
     
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    As others have indicated, it's the motherboard battery......if you need to keep re-entering the bios settings.....the battey is dead, and the computer isn't remembering what is there.
     
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    somak_de Thread Starter

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    This is the message what I actually get while starting the machine
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    American
    Megatrends AMBIOS © 1999 American Megatrends Inc…
    KOB 810e FST Release 01/12/2001
    SDRAM serial presence detect present
    Pentium III – 866 Mhz
    Power supply type : ATX
    Checking NVRAM ..update ok!

    131072 kb ok
    Trend ChipAwayVirus ® on guard
    Wait…

    CMOS Settings Wrong
    CMOS checksum bad

    Press F1 to run setup
    Press F2 to load default values and continue

    ©American Megatrends Inc.
    62-0112-001437-0101111-71595-WHITNEY-M766_2M-8712-M
     
  12. ~Candy~

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    The motherboard battery needs to be replaced.........
     
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