time on laptop keeps changing

Dell / Xps m1210
March 8, 2009 at 21:19:27
Specs: open office
the time on my computer keeps on changing by itself. it is not a virus because i did a full scan with my Mcafee system and it did not detect that. what else could it be? how can i fix it?
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March 8, 2009 at 23:56:05
a) If the laptop is old, the cmos battery could be failing.

b) Is the laptop setup for the correct country/time zone you are in?

If *not*, Windows corrects to the timezone that has been setup in the pc. This might be considerably different to your time.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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March 9, 2009 at 06:56:37

would a 3 -4 year old computer be considered old as for as the cmos battery goes? if so than that is probably my problem. i have set up the right time on my computer, when it changes it goes completely off of really is.

but if battery is the problem, is there a way to resolve it?

thank you for your response

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March 9, 2009 at 07:08:43
Boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and check the date and time there. If the date is off by years then that verifies you need a new CMOS battery. Do not confuse the CMOS battery with the large external battery you run the computer with.

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