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Whats up with my computer? Answered

For some reason the time on my laptop will randomly change by a few hours, is there something i can do to stop this from happening or will i just have to learn to live with it? i have windows 7 if it matters.

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The PRAM battery is dead. You can buy a new one for a couple of bucks.


I'm inclined to agree with Rick'. But can you advise or right & wrong, i.e. does it start right and go wrong, or start wrong then correct it's self?

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well if its right when it starts it will randomly change but if its wrong it stays the same

Sounds like some program is explicitly setting the time. Try to notice what you're doing when the time changes, then see whether doing that again will provoke the problem. How much is the time off by? If it's always by the same integer number of hours (or, for a very few people, by an even half-hour offset), your machine is probably configured to pick up the time from one of the network time standard and isn't compensating for time zone differences directly. In which case, you need to make sure your machine understands what timezone you're using it in.

i doubt it would be that the mother board battery is dead as my laptop is less than a year old, I just changed the settings in control panel so hopefully that will work

2 Options: One is the motherboard battery is dead, and it is being randomized every time you start (the date will also change to something like year 1900)  If the battery is dead it's usually trivial to pop the back cover off the laptop and replace it.  Usually this only happens after about 5-10 years.

Other option:  automatic date and time setting is setting it 'correct' -- but it thinks you are in a different time zone.  Go to your control panel and find 'regional settings' (thats what it was in xp, might be renamed location, time zone, or something).  Ensure your time zone is set correctly.  Then use internet time to sync with time.windows.com or time.nist.gov.

Is the Mother board batter up to scratch? Usually this maintains things like the system clock whilst the PC is turned off. Is the main battery flat?

> Is the main battery flat? . A dead mobo battery is my first guess.