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By qpeabody ·
I have a user on Win2000 who's clock stops running at precisely the time she shut's down here computer. When she logs-in the next day, the time on the clock is when the computer shutdown. Could this be caused by a battery?
Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.

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by dmiles In reply to Time Change

This a weird one ,but I would change the battery out since it is in-expensive,I have not researched a timing problem that would allow configuration of this type.

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by qpeabody In reply to Time Change

Changed the battery. Then noticed that user was completely shutting down computer, turning off surge protector. No electricity getting thru, so it was only gonna be a matter of time before that battery died also.

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by MallardtooXX In reply to Time Change

You could try a battery but i think it goes deeper than that. I have not seen this issue before but I would think that if your CMOS batter were dying/weak, you would be forced to reset your information at every startup. YOu may want to check to make sure your bios is current, maybe even flash it. I have never seen a win2k box do this. I did have an old dosbox that did that and it turned out to be the Bios.

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by qpeabody In reply to Time Change

Thanks. User was completely shutting down computer, turning off surge protector. No electricity getting thru, so it was only gonna be a matter of time before that battery died also.

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by dlundmark In reply to Time Change

I would assume that the battery is the problem here.. Replace the battery first. A weak battery can cause weird problems and may not always be the same problem on different machines. If that is not the problem then be sure to scan the hard drive with an up-to-date virus scanner(Of course if a virus is found, then all the disks used on the machine would be suspect). Some viruses may cause such problems.

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by TheChas In reply to Time Change

If this is system with an ATX power supply, the battery should not come into play unless the user is shutting off the power to the PC.

If this is the case, or the supply is an AT style, then yes, the first indication of a weak CMOS battery is thelose of the RTC oscillator.

It takes less power (voltage) to back up the settings than it does to run the clock.

Most current ATX systems use the 5 volt standby power to run the RTC (Real Time Clock) when the PC is turned off. Unless the powerto the PC is also turned off.

Chas

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by qpeabody In reply to Time Change

Yes, you were correct, user was shutting off pwr to pc. Thanks for the tip.

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