Hi, I recently purchased a Dell Inspirion 1525 laptop and about a week or two after I bought it I noticed my Kaspersky A/V shouting that it was not a valid activation key etc. I immediately noticed that the internal clock hadnt just lost time, it had reset itself to 01/01/2001 and the clock had obviously started at midnight! I reset the date/clock and everything was okay until about a week later, same thing. This "fault" is very sporadic but as long as the computer is powered up and in use its okay. Some of my files have the date in the properties set to 01/01/2001 though I'm pretty sure that they were not altered whilst in use.
On one accasion I got a message saying I hadn't scanned my computer for 148739 days. It had reset to 01/01/1601! My first thought was faulty battery etc, virus, or some Vista conflict.
Nothing seems to pinpoint the cause. It remains erractic until this week and it has happened several times in one day, nothing for a few days and then a couple more times. I have emailed Dell and whilst they appeared to be willing to help, their suggestions regarding resetting the BIOS etc seem to have no effect. I am tempted to send the bloody thing back to Dell. Does anyone have any idea or suggestion what I can do to sort this. My knowledge level is not great but I can follow instructions better than your average 60 year old ! All and any help would be appreciated.