Solved My PC won't hold the time and date!

November 12, 2018 at 07:53:17
Specs: Windows 10
I've asked this question before but no-one's managed to suggest a solution that has worked. My Windows 10 PC will hold time and date when the machine is switched off for 24 hours. But if I go a day without using it I have to reset manually.

Yes I've replaced the battery.

Yes I'm aware of the automatic timesetting offered by Microsoft but this doesn't work if the machine is off for a time, and when I switch on again it might be some hours before the signal is transmitted again.

I suspect something to do with the Bios but I do not understand that sort of thing, so any suggestions need to be pretty simple if I am to avoid the ghastly PC World! All other functions seem fine.

Help would be much appreciated.


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November 13, 2018 at 12:00:48
If it's not the battery, it's the motherboard, which would require you to replace it. Either way, something's getting replaced. It's just a question if the repair is $2.50 or $250. You can try cleaning the battery contacts and making sure they're making good connection to the battery, but otherwise something on the board has failed, and it's keeping the backup battery's power from reaching the clock.

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#1
November 12, 2018 at 07:59:29
disable automatic time&date lookup, then set the time/date manually.

should be under Settings --> Date&Time --> Additional settings.

if that doesn't work (after 24hours) try:

https://www.top-password.com/blog/e...

and if that also doesn't work (after 24hours), it's most likely a hardware issue

edit: this might be better:
https://www.thewindowsclub.com/wind...

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#2
November 12, 2018 at 13:28:11
Are you sure that the new CMOS battery you installed is good? You may have purchased one on someone's shelf for many years or inferior brand.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
November 12, 2018 at 14:50:35
I agree with #2 above. The CMOS battery is the most likely candidate. Be sure you didn't install it upside down. The flat side should be up. Also, the contacts can get bent when removing the old battery. Verify the contacts have tension on the battery.

If you leave the computer on, you don't even need the battery to be installed to hold the settings.


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#4
November 12, 2018 at 14:53:18
inb4 PC=laptop
i'm gonna laugh if true

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#5
November 12, 2018 at 20:50:51
One of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Sony-CR2032-...
in case there is confusion, is typical of the CMOS battery that we are referring to.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
November 13, 2018 at 10:43:14
Grateful for all suggestions, but it isn't the battery. If it IS a hardware issue (see Reply 1) what might that actually mean?

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November 13, 2018 at 12:00:48
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If it's not the battery, it's the motherboard, which would require you to replace it. Either way, something's getting replaced. It's just a question if the repair is $2.50 or $250. You can try cleaning the battery contacts and making sure they're making good connection to the battery, but otherwise something on the board has failed, and it's keeping the backup battery's power from reaching the clock.

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