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OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

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Advanced Tutor

OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

I have an HP Pavilion series g7 laptop I bought in August 2011. Last year the internal clock stopped working correctly. It runs really, really slowly. I have to manually change the date and time whenever I log in and then update the time every hour or so while I'm on the Internet. Otherwise, I can't navigate anywhere because it confuses the websites. I should mention it's using Windows 10.

My daughter calls me "cheap." I prefer the term "frugal," haha! I've been living with this for a year and just haven't wanted to spend the $$ to get it fixed.

Any ideas on what may be causing this? At this point, being five years old, should I bite the bullet and buy a new laptop?
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Assistant Professor

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

There is a battery on the motherboard. It is most likely bad.

That said, you need to set your system clock to check the internet for time and sync to it:

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New Member

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

Have you verified that your settings are in the correct as far as Time Zone?
Your computer may very well think your in China somewhere..lol

I'm sure you have already tried this..but, if you right click on the clock,scroll up and click on Adjust Date/Time and then scroll down to Time Zone, you can verify which time zone your computer is set too and make any adjustments, if needed.
From this same page, you can also verify that your in the correct region United States.

LOL, I'm just throwing ideas out there. I, too, am frugal...I fix most all of my problems with duct tape. hahaha
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Advanced Tutor

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

Thanks Gwalk! I'll do that and let you know the results. xoxo, thanks for the suggestion! But yeah, I'm on the correct time zone. If it were a time zone issue, the clock would still run on time, just not the local time. My clock runs several minutes slow each half hour. I bet it's what Gwalk said, because that makes sense.

I don't know what the cost would be to replace the battery or the whole motherboard, but I'm seriously considering a new laptop. I bought this computer in 2011 when I started my doctoral program and I told myself it had to last until I graduated. I'm now down to writing my dissertation and shooting to graduate spring 2018. But I'm seriously wondering if my laptop will hold out that much longer.

xoxo, haha on the duct tape! I use duct tape and velcro for everything, lol! My dad thought, given enough duct tape and chicken wire, anything can be fixed. I do love all the new colors and patterns duct tape comes in now, lol! :-)
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Advanced Tutor

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

Like Birddog wrote, your CMOS battery is dead. It's designed to trickle just a bit of charge to maintain your CMOS / BIOS settings (including time) when your computer is off/unplugged. It needs to be replaced. It's a little removable silver disk, about the size of a nickel. Similar to the batteries they use in garage door openers and auto key fobs. 

Also, if this is a laptop, you probably also need a new, rechargeable main battery pack.
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Honorary Alumnus

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

I'll third the CMOS battery.
Be advised, laptops are a BEAST to take apart.
Look online for a video your brand an model.
Number the position of each screw you remove as they are know to have them of different sizes mixed in there.
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Advanced Tutor

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

Be advised, laptops are a BEAST to take apart.
Amen to that. By the time you spend the money to buy new batteries and disassemble the laptop, it might be easier just to buy a new laptop.
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Distinguished Professor IV

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

Yep.  I'll fourth the CMOS battery.  Depending on your model, you may have a simple "door" to remove to access the battery, or you may end up having to take the entire case apart.  It varies from laptop to laptop.  The battery is just like what's used in a watch.  The following are a very common CMOS battery, though yours may be different....



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Advanced Tutor

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

THANKS all! I have a new main battery and it looks like it just pops in. My laptop can only run a couple of hours, at most, on just the battery, whereas it used to run 11-12 hours easily. Again, it's a five year old computer, so it doesn't surprise me that the battery is winding down.

I really appreciate your help! I didn't know about CMOS batteries, let alone that it is what powers the internal clock. I'm going to investigate what exact battery I need and how much it costs. And then try to figure out if it's worth the time and trouble. I'll let you know the results!

THANK YOU ALL!
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Junior

Re: OFF TOPIC: My laptop's internal clock

Hi Chewagirl,

A CMOS battery is around $5.00 USD. The PITA is changing it. Look for a good uTube video or disassembly manual from the manufacturer. 
It's not fun but it's not rocket science either.

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