My Windows XP Clock keep losing time

December 30, 2011 at 04:55:06
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
My PC is keep losing the time....what is the problem please?

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December 30, 2011 at 05:42:01
Does it lose time gradually or in jumps? If your system has internet you can have the time automatically adjust to online atomic clocks. I have mine set to check daily.

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December 30, 2011 at 10:51:39
Perhaps the cmos battery on the motherboard needs replaced. They are about the size of a quarter...usually a CR2025 or CR2032 lithium battery. $5 and easy to do. The cmos keeps the computers date and time etc so if it is weak you get asked to set the date and time everytime the computer restarts.

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December 30, 2011 at 12:30:41
If the above suggestions doesn't improve things download Dial-A-Fix
Once installed, run, click on hammer button, select reset time service from the list. Click on the "Go" button. It states "This tool fixes a problem that can occur while using W32Time service that causes your clock to become desynched a great deal (+10 minutes every hour, for example)." One thing if you ever modified in the registry the interval how often windows syncs the time, default is every week, it would have to be modified again after repairing the time service. Mine is modified to sync the time once everyday. If you want to apply this tweak yourself, first create a system restore point. Next Start Regedit (Start>Run>regedit)
Navigate to:

Double-click SpecialPollInterval in the right-hand pane and select Decimal.
Change the Decimal value in seconds.

NOTE: The value is in seconds. Enter the number of seconds you would like to
update to the correct time. If you want every hour then it would be 3600
seconds, daily would be 86400 seconds.

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December 30, 2011 at 12:46:40
It depends whether it loses a lot or a little.

If it is quite gradual, right click the clock on the bar, then select "Adjust Date/Time" then Internet time Tab. See when it last updated. Click "Update Now" button and see if it updates. If it doesn't then try a different server. If you find one that works keep that setting.

As the above is easy to try it is the best thing to do for starters. Otherwise then use one of the fixes already given.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 30, 2011 at 18:40:10
If your computer loses time when it is turned off, it's a hardware problem. If your computer is losing time while it's on, it's a software problem. The battery might need to be replaced if it's a hardware issue. If that doesn't work follow the steps in reply #3.

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December 31, 2011 at 04:19:44
check your motherboard battery if battery is fail replace it

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December 31, 2011 at 06:43:41
I've never seen a weak or bad CMOS battery cause a system to "lose time". If the battery is bad, the date/time will completely reset every time the power is shut off at the power strip. If the system is shutdown but the power strip is not, the date/time should still be held in memory. The OP needs to explain more clearly what's happening.

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