This week, we had a record number of submissions in response to Patrick R.'s troubles with his computer losing time. While 95 percent of you gave the great answer of replacing the CMOS battery on his motherboard, I didn't want to limit ourselves to just that solution, because as most of us know, hardware/software issues are never one-dimensional. So please check out this week's winning answer by Patrick M. and all the honorable mentions who pointed out other possibilities. It's just a matter of time before our community finds the best approach to his technical dilemma.
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The clock on my computer (running Windows 98 SE) keeps losing time--as much as one hour in three days. My computer is always on, so what could be the cause of the time loss, and
how can I fix it?
--Submitted by: Patrick R. of Murrieta, California
You mentioned two important clues in your question.
First, that your operating system is Windows 98. Second, that your PC is always on.
Your PC has a motherboard with a CMOS clock (a clock Windows reads at regular intervals), powered by a coinlike battery, usually a CR2032 type.
Why is this important? Because either the battery is running low, or Windows 98 seems to lose time because your PC is always on.
To check if that small battery is running low, do the
1. Run a MS-DOS prompt (Start > Programs > MS-DOS prompt)
2. At the DOS prompt, type time, then press Enter.
3. Compare this time with the time displayed on the Systray (the clock on the bottom right, the Windows clock).
4. Type exit and press Enter to quit the DOS box.
If there is a difference between both values, the battery should be replaced. Please refer to your motherboard's manual or manufacturer.
If the CMOS battery is OK... Read more
--Submitted by Patrick M. of Amadora, Portugal
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