xp always asks me to set time and date

August 31, 2010 at 04:05:46
Specs: Windows XP
xp always asks me to set the time and date during start-up. It also claims to "Found new hardware"..which is my web cam. It started after i reformatted my xp.

thank you!

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August 31, 2010 at 04:54:33
For what reason did you format and re-install Windows XP in the first place?

The symptoms you describe indicate a failed CMOS battery. Replace the battery and CMOS, go into the BIOS, reset Time and Date and any other settings. Save and exit. Reboot and everything should be fine.


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August 31, 2010 at 06:11:03
"found new hardware" u didn't install the webcam driver. All necessary drivers must be installed (audio, video, lan, chipset etc.), the latest drivers can be found from manufacture website.

make sure the latest SERVICE PACK is instaled.

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August 31, 2010 at 08:18:52
Cmos batteries usually last at least 5 years.

If you remove / removed the mboard cmos battery, it must be installed so that the + is visible when it is installed, otherwise it's installed backwards and the bios will behave as if it's not there or it's too weak or dead.
Other things that can cause your problem - the contact in the battery socket that touches the top of the battery is bent such that it doesn't touch it (remove the battery, bend that contact so it will touch it, install the battery), or there's corrosion in the battery socket (remove the battery, clean up the corrosion e.g. with vinegar if it's stuck on, replace the battery).

XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included.....

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"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."

If your XP CD does not have any SP updates, you will have to load SP1 or SP2 updates before you load SP3 updates.

Regular Microsoft XP CDs have SP2 or SP3 printed on them if they have those updates included. All the regular Microsoft XP CDs that have SP1 updates included that I've seen DO NOT have SP1 printed on the CD, but the volume labels - the labels you see for the CD in Windows - for CDs with SP1 updates included are different from those with no SP updates at all - you can search using that volume label to determine whether it has SP1 updates or not.

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