my computer keeps going to january 1 2002 everytime i start

December 16, 2011 at 16:31:42
Specs: Windows XP
first of all i am completely computer illiterate....
every time i turn on or restart computer it goes into some other mode asking if i want to keep
or discard changes...i dont think i made any changes to begin with...then when finally starts
it goes to jan 01 2001 date...any solutions..or easy fix i could do or understand

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December 16, 2011 at 16:34:54
Your BIOS battery needs to be replaced. Check the manual on how to do that. It is a simple job costing a few dollars.


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December 16, 2011 at 17:48:59
Just in case you don't understand the above, let me explain. All motherboards have a small battery (usually a lithium coin-type) on the board that maintains a charge to the CMOS memory chip when the computer is in the powered-off state. The CMOS chip stores all the motherboard hardware settings, including the date & time. If the battery goes dead & the computer is powered off, the settings stored in the CMOS memory are lost & they return to the original default settings.

You didn't post your motherboard make/model or the make/model of your system, but if the date is defaulting to 2001, you apparently have a system that's over 10 yrs old. Anyhow, what you're going to have to do is shutdown the system, unplug the power cord, open the case, then locate the CMOS battery on the board. It looks like this:

Get the model number off the battery, then buy a replacement. The CR2032 is one of the most common. You should be able to find a 2-pack for under $5. You don't have to go to a computer shop, you should be able to find one wherever batteries are sold.

Once the new battery is in place, boot the system & enter the "other mode" that you mentioned. Correct the date, time, & other settings, save & exit.

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December 16, 2011 at 18:20:45
Like riider's link, this may also help:

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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December 17, 2011 at 02:25:58
Hi Balsingh,

here in the UK, packs of 8 or more of these batteries in various combinations
(e.g. , 4-CR2032, 2-CR2016,2-CR2025) can be found for £1.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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