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 needsomefemz
Joined: 6/16/2009
Msg: 2
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No clue. I think there's a battery in the BIOS that keeps time correct when the computer is off, so it might be that. I'd wait for another reply though....
 subtlecaffeine
Joined: 5/23/2007
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Time keeps messing up
Posted: 8/20/2009 12:47:42 PM
As computers get older, for some odd reason, the clocks tend to screw up and run a little slow. Before my last computer blew up, it'd slowly lose time.

If you're running windows XP, double click on the clock and click on the Time Zone tab, you SHOULD be able to change the time zone....it's also slightly possible maybe you don't have admin privilages to actually keep the settings.

Probably the reason it's jumping back 3 hours at a time is because of Internet Time. This is an option that will sync your computer clock with a master clock that's generally based on atomic clocks and such. If your computer is stuck in Pacific Time...then whenever the time syncs up, it would set it back three hours based on that setting.

If you can set it for your proper time zone, do so and adjust the time afterwards. If it's a few hours off after selecting the proper time zone, then adjust the time so it's correct and leave it at that.

If you find it's still three hours off after a day or so...then it's likely a problem with the RTC and you'll have to install a third-party NTP (network time protocol) client and have it sync the time up every few hours. This should keep your clock in better sync.
 NurbyDriver
Joined: 7/30/2007
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Time keeps messing up
Posted: 8/21/2009 7:59:56 PM
CMOS battery 99% of the time.
 needsomefemz
Joined: 6/16/2009
Msg: 6
Time keeps messing up
Posted: 8/21/2009 8:23:12 PM

CMOS battery 99% of the time.

CMOS! That's what I was thinking of.....
 metagod
Joined: 7/5/2007
Msg: 7
Time keeps messing up
Posted: 8/22/2009 6:12:14 PM
cmos battery causes this problem most the time. . . as others have said.
 subtlecaffeine
Joined: 5/23/2007
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Time keeps messing up
Posted: 8/22/2009 7:04:05 PM

CMOS battery


Don't forget, newer systems are using a super-capacitor rather than a lithium battery.
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