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    Its doing it again! (Erratic time problem)

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    A week ago my PC failed to boot, switched off/on and all OK except the bios settings were lost.............now a few days later I'm back to the strange date/time problems that happened a while ago.

    I'll change the battery again and see what happens.

    Time for a new motherboard i think.

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    She who must be obeyed Super Moderator piaqt's Avatar
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    I had a similar problem on my 1st PC (Win 3.1, 250 mg hd). There's a separate battery that powers the time function. Try finding & replacing that one. It's probably less expensive than a new power battery, and has got to be way less than a new motherboard.

    Good luck.

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    I had the same problem with settings and time everytime my pc crashed or I forced it off with the power button since i'm time pressed for restarts...

    anyway. I went through a couple bad batteries I got from other motherboards until I found the right battery that stopped the timing problems.. No prob now for months.

    Good luck!
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    Lol this must be a catchy bug,Few days ago we had a power outage here when power came back on i went to reboot my PC and what did i find...my Bio's settings were lost.Reset everything Pc booted fine now i have the time issues and also whenever i go to shut down my PC it wont shut down just restarts instead.Tried doing a forced shut down and restart and Bio's settings are gone again.Hope replacing my battery solves it otherwise i fear my Mobo might be going up on me.

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    I have not posted to this thread, yet I have been keeping up with it. This morning I decided to do some research. It was interesting that a Google search for "erratic time" resulted in this http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...c+time&spell=1. Thats right, your time problem is #3 on Google. That suggests to me that many others are having similar problems.

    Several months back I had a problem trying to access TZ with Firefox. I don't remember the details now, but there was a lot of frustration when that problem did not respond to the normal fixes. Finally someone mentioned that it could be due to a Firefox plugin. Being desperate, I decided to try their theory. One by one, I disabled my Firefox plugins. On about the third try, my problem disappeared.

    I don't believe that your issue is a Firefox plugin. I do however, believe it could be a utility that you are using which contains a bug that resets your time. As much as I like to blame Windows for many of the bad things that happen to our computers, this is one time that suspect that Windows is blameless.

    Good luck!
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    Interesting! Just went into safe mode, set the time at 16:00, went away for an hour, rebooted and the BIOS time was still 16:00. The time isn't being saved but the Bios settings are..............

    Anyway, I picked up a motherboard for a tenner at the weekend so when I get the required level of enthusiasm to rip out all the kit that is burying the base unit I'll swap it out.

    I only use this PC for email and web stuff so its not too important. The main problem with a static (ish) time is that scheduled events don't happen......like backups....virus checker updates........bill payment reminders.......

    Thanks for all the interest. It is strange , isn't it.

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