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Lynne25

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Can anyone please help my computer clock for some reason keeps losing time even after I reset it and do the update thing under date and time I am not sure why it's losing time so any help is much appreciated.

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There is a small watch battery on your motherboard that keeps a small amount of electricity running through the computer, even when the computer is off. Among other things, this power keeps the clock running. If the battery is dead, the clock will reset every time the computer is turned off, because there's no more current running through the computer.

Look for that battery on the motherboard, take it to a battery shop and get a new one; I bet you'll have no more problems.
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If I don't change the battery will it have any effect to the computer??
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There are programs that are time dependent. Antiviruses (AVG comes to my mind) check their data base against AVG's servers to download updates. If the computer is far off real time they may fail to update or will give an error message.
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Many thanks for your advice I will keep an eye on it and if I need to I will get the battery changed.
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Even though you can go in and change the time every time you log into Windows, having that battery dead is depleting "CMOS" settings every time the computer is off, and can eventually lead to a corrupted BIOS, which means either a complicated process of flashing the BIOS, or replacing the motherboard. I highly recommend that you replace this battery... it's either $2 now or $150 motherboard later.
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Hi, I am having the same problem - clock loses several hours and I only notice it when I turn pc on again after having it off overnight, but it doesn't seem to happen every time. If it is the battery can anyone tell me where to find it? I know nothing about motherboards! But the one in my pc is an Asus P5K SE if that helps! Many thanks!

Edited by struggling artist, 27 July 2008 - 06:39 AM.

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Hi Artist,

We would advise you to start your own topic, it helps our volunteers keep things straight and also helps the original poster, if he is tracking the topic.

But since we're already here, let's see if we can find that battery. Have you opened your computer and looked? It is fairly easy to find. Look near the bottom of your computer, near the card that the monitor plugs into. There should also be some cables running from the hard drive and CD drive into the motherboard, again near the bottom, look where the wires hook in and you should see that watch battery.
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Hi Admiral,
I wasn't sure of the protocol, so didn't start a new topic, but you answered anyway, what a star! I will take a look and with your help it shouldn't be too hard to find. Yet again I am so grateful for the work you guys do, invaluable! Many thanks, (Struggling) Artist.
p.s. I like that you left the "Struggling" bit off my name - maybe that bodes well for the future! : )
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