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Sys clock stops when system shutsdown

By davidfranks78 ·
Let me say at the start that it is not a battery problem. First because I already changed the battery and second, none of the other settings get reset to the default settings.
So this is the problem:
whenever I start up my system, the system clock displays the time when I last shutdown my system. It there some setting that will enable the system to continue running the clock even when the system is down, like normal PCs?
My system is a Intel PIII machine.
Thanks

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by wcp In reply to Sys clock stops when syst ...

I would recommend

1. Scan for virus

2. Disable all startup programs from msconfig, Autoexec.bat, load= from Win.ini
If your Windows is 2000, copy msconfig from Windows 98 or Windows XP to C:\Windows\system32.

3. Disable any script that may run when your system boots.

If the above does not resolve your problem, it's hw issue. Disconnect all non-essential hw to find the culprit.

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by davidfranks78 In reply to

Hi, I doubt it's a virus or software problem, because, while starting up, it doesn't display a random time, but the time when the system was last shutdown. Besides, I have norton antivirus on my system with the latest virus definitions.
thanks

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by OTL In reply to Sys clock stops when syst ...

Answer # 1 is probably the main problem, Virus. However no blanket statement, please.

Okay since you replaced the battery !

Did you check the "NEW" battery and contacts ?
New 1.5V battery should test out at 1.6V or above (3V @ 3.5+, 6V @ 7+, 9V @ 10.5V+), depending on how many YEARS it has been on the shelf !

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by davidfranks78 In reply to

Hi, I doubt it's a virus or software problem, because, while starting up, it doesn't display a random time, but the time when the system was last shutdown. Besides, I have norton antivirus on my system with the latest virus definitions.

Battery is also fine. You see, none of the other bios settings are giving any problems. There was not need to replace the battery in the first place. I did so on the reccommendation of a hardware guy.
thanks

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by Power Natto In reply to Sys clock stops when syst ...

Before any drastic actions just double check that the battery is in the right way round (+ to +, and - to -) and make sure the contacts are clean.
While the computer case is open, clear the CMOS. Boot the computer into Setup (CMOS configuration) and set the time correctly, then boot up with a startup floppy to a command prompt. Switch the machine off at the main power switch and leave overnight.

Next day power up into Setup before floppy boots or WinGUI boots. Check the time in setup; if the time is right you have a software problem and you need to find which driver or program is fouling up. If you lost time then hardware (eg battery) is the culprit.

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by davidfranks78 In reply to

I'll try this and get back to you
thanks

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Have you tried flashing your bios, checking the bios settings, or even putting a new motherboard in? If the battery is not bad, I would almost have to be something in the bios. Doing one of the above should correct the problem or at least let you know where the problem is coming from.

Good luck.

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by davidfranks78 In reply to

I checked the bios. Putting a nw motherboard may not be a good ooption as it would be too costly. Either it may be some hardware problem or there is some setting in the bios which I'm not able to figure out. I was wondering if I could get some help

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by davidfranks78 In reply to Sys clock stops when syst ...

Hi Power Nato,
I did as you suggested, but still the system clock loses time. i.e. it shows the time of last shutdown. So it is definitely not a software problem.

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