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Re: daft clock

  • Subject: Re: daft clock
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 May 2006 07:47:55 +0100
  • Newsgroups: uk.comp.misc
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ doug ] on Sunday 07 May 2006 22:29 \__

> "Marcus Houlden" <spam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:slrne5sarh.39c.spam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> On Sun, 07 May 2006 16:59:12 GMT, doug <doug.morsit@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote the following to uk.comp.misc:
>> > Help!   the clock in the system tray has gone daft.sometimes fast,or
> slow
>> > and have to reset it every day. have done a virus scan which is clear.
>> > Am running XP,Athlon 2000,and Asus  a7v333 mobo. computer is four years
> old
>> > Could it be internal battery going duff or what?
>> Same motherboard as me, although I find the clock only tends to gain a
>> minute or two. A new battery goes for about £3 (size CR2032 from most
>> electrical shops) so it's worth a try.
> thanks for reply Marcus,no it`s not just a minute or two,it can be hours
> out
> from previous day!   it`s odd. will look at the battery issue.       doug.

I believe that XP will (/can?) synchronise with a time server (e.g. one on
microsoft.com).  This may explain why time is only partially retain (is it
ever  corrected?).  I suspect that the CMOS battery, which is  cheap  (and
often  easy)  to  replace, is the culprit. These often last  for  about  5
years.  Thereafter  it's assumed that the lifecycle of the  computer  will
reach  an  end  or  the time become  unimportant  for  antiquated,  legacy

If  you  synchronise with a time server, your system clock  will  probably
become fully aligned once you start the operating system. Time will not be
retained  when you shut it down, but it's somewhat of a cycle, if you  see
what I mean... (the cost for network time is mainly CPU cycles, but depen-
ds on how frequently you poll for updates).

Best wishes,


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