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Bonfire

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Hi,
Don't know what the heck is going on with my clock on the computer. It keeps losing time, I go in reset it, apply and ok. At first it was just losing a few mintues then this morning it was over an hour and a half slow. Any suggestions.
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Hi Bonfire, :tazz:

How old is your pc??
Has this been going on for a while??
I suspect it is a CMOS battery going bad!!
You can look here at a step by step instruction on how to replace it :
Replacing the CMOS Battery
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Thanks for replying. My computer is ancient! Thanks for the nfo, not too sure I want to try that myself, may have to take it in. Can you tell me if this battery goes dead is it going to mess up my cmputer?
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Hi Bonfire...Welcome to G2G!

A dead or damaged CMOS battery can cause your computer to loose it's BIOS settings. Not a major problem, but can be quite an inconvenience if you don't know how to reset it. It will also cause calendar/clock problems. If you are not comfortable rummageing around inside the case, take it to a repair person...it's an inexpensive fix and you could have them clean it while they have the case open to prevent any future heat related issues.

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Thanks, I may want to try it myself, I just called the repairman and he want $45 to do it! Sounds pricey to me.

Bonfire (just what I would like to do to the computer!)
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Someone gave me an old machine with the exact same problem and that was the fix. Now I'm going to give it to someone who needs a computer but can't buy one. You can buy the batteries at Radio Shack or any computer store. There are several different ones but about 75% of them are the same.
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Well this is wierd! Before it was an hour and a half behind and I'm sitting right here looking at it and it's right on time!!! How the heck can that be when I didn't re-set the time??? But I will get a new battery
just to be on the safe side. Thanks!
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Well this is wierd!  Before it was an hour and a half behind and I'm sitting right here looking at it and it's right on time!!!  How the heck can that be when I didn't re-set the time???  But I will get a new battery
just to be on the safe side.  Thanks!

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Some computers check the time on line, older ones only rely on the CMOS chip.
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Thanks! Mine must be as old as I thought since I bought it second hand. Thanks for your help.
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