System Clock Losing Time Every Day

By Savage1701
Dec 23, 2008
  1. Not sure if this is the right sub-forum, but any ideas what would cause the system clock to lose about 2 minutes from one day to the next? It does not seem to be cumulative, but I can't get the board to stay synched to a time server.

    I am running 32-bit XP Pro SP3

    Is this a CMOS battery issue?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. gillianbrown

    gillianbrown Banned Posts: 141

    Yes, this does sound like a CMOS battery issue. Changing the CMOS battery should solve the problem.
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    Where are you? in the UK batteries are sold in Asda for about £2 for two. You will probably need a CR2032, but just look at it. When you take it out, you will probably find the Bios resets to default, including date and time etc. so BEFORE you take it out, get into the bios and note down exactly what setting is on every line of every page. Sorry if you know that already.
  4. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 153

    Thanks to both of you for the advice and replies. I'll try it over the X-Mas holiday.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Some motherboards have a capacitor that will save your settings for a few seconds to allow a battery swap. check your manual.
  6. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 153

    Thanks Ted.
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