Solved My Computer Loses Time Whilst Powered On

January 19, 2012 at 08:32:14
Specs: Windows XP, ?
Hi there,

I have a custom built PC for running DJ software. It has never been connected to the internet, nor is it likely as it has no network card. It has no CD or floppy drive, and music is only updated from CD via my desktop machine to a USB stick, therefore ruling out viruses. The software and all files on the machine are legit copies. The machine has worked fine until around the middle of last year (September 2011). Now the date and time have problems. I mainly use this machine on a Friday and Saturday night, and have noticed it won't go past 21.00! It alwasy jumps back to around 20.00. Today I changed the BIOS setting of the clock to the correct time and watched it on Windows. It seems to slow down every few seconds. I have recorded this to YouTube so it can be witnessed: http://youtu.be/fNWLxMCcZoE

If anyone knows what is causing this and preferrebly how to sort it I would apprieciate the advice.

Many thanks, Paul.

SPECS: Custom PC by Computer DJ Ltd.
Intel Pentium M 1.73GHz 795MHz 0.99GB RAM
Windows XP Service Pack 2


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January 19, 2012 at 12:50:09
Cmos battery does not affect the clock keeping time.

Someone confused losing the present time like you do if the cmos battery has failed with a malfunctioning clock

The quartz clock on the mainboard is failing.

Any chance the mainboard is still under a return warranty?

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#1
January 19, 2012 at 09:22:40
music is only updated from CD via my desktop machine to a USB stick,

I don't know what you time problem is but for your information, if the desktop machine you do the update from is connected to the Internet then that could be a route for a virus if the CD or USB stick is loaded with software from the desktop.

That is the thing about viruses, they will infect any kind of media they come into contact with.

A decent Anti virus scan whenever you insert the USB stick into the DJ machine will eliminate that problem.

Stuart


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January 19, 2012 at 09:54:49
Hi Stuart,

My desktop machine I use to update is rarely used on the net as it's mainly for video editing. It has pretty good virus and spyware scans everytime its turned on. An anti virus program would be useless on my DJ computer as it would never get updated.

I'm convinced this is not a virus! :)


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January 19, 2012 at 10:51:20
Bad CMOS battery

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#4
January 19, 2012 at 11:35:05
"SPECS: Custom PC by Computer DJ Ltd.
Intel Pentium M 1.73GHz 795MHz 0.99GB RAM"

Is it a laptop?

"Bad CMOS battery"

That would be my guess. Being that it appears to be a laptop, the battery may be difficult to get at.


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#5
January 19, 2012 at 12:37:45
It was a laptop fitted with two hard drives, a touch screen and a good sound card in a custom case. The battery is easy to get to, but my assumption was that while it's powered the the battery doesn't have much to do.

Also the date and time never resets to time like I would expect from a dud battery, ie 1 January 1970, it always goes to a time around 8pm and the date is only a few days away from today's date. :(

I will try the battery though.


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January 19, 2012 at 12:50:09
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Cmos battery does not affect the clock keeping time.

Someone confused losing the present time like you do if the cmos battery has failed with a malfunctioning clock

The quartz clock on the mainboard is failing.

Any chance the mainboard is still under a return warranty?

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's


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#7
January 19, 2012 at 13:32:17
Hi wanderer,

This sounds more likely. The machine is probably seven years old now :(

Is there a way of sorting this or will I just have to deal with it?

Many thanks.


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