posted on Nov, 19 2008 @ 10:27 PM
Definitely check on that CMOS battery. First make sure your date and time are correct. Next, power down, and unplug your machine from the outlet.
And, if you have a laptop, also pull out the battery pack.
Let it sit for maybe 30 minutes or so. Just an amount of time. Really, if the CMOS battery is toast I don't think it takes long at all to lose date
and time settings. But I guess the amount of time needed depends on how weak the battery is, so maybe it would be best to let it sit for a while.
Plug everything back up. Power it up, and check the date and time and see if they are still set correctly.
Or before you go to bed just let it sit all night unplugged and see if the setting stay where they are supposed to. That way you would be more likely
to find that failing battery that isn't quite dead.
The CMOS battery is pretty easy to find on a desktop. Just look for the watch battery.
With laptops it could be a little bit more difficult to find, but not necessarily hard. Gateway made a "great" model where the CMOS was located on
the back side of the motherboard. Let me tell you, it was an adventure finding this thing. There may have been an easier way to it, but I didn't
know about it. I had that crazy thing taken almost completely apart, before I flipped over the motherboard and found it. Cheers! Not to
discourage you, most of the time they aren't that hard to find.