Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Time changing, CMOS battery issue & USB ports missing


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 draven

draven

  • Members
  • 136 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:England
  • Local time:06:53 PM

Posted 15 February 2016 - 06:10 PM

Hello,

 

A few days ago the time on my Vista PC has been changing, every time I turn the PC on the clock goes back 10 hours or so. The PC is eight years old.

 

By searching on the net, it seems that the problem maybe that the battery is running out and I have ordered a new one.

 

A new problem started to happen yesterday, I cannot connect to the internet, my wireless adaptor cannot be found and now the all the USB ports are missing.

 

Please help.

 

Thanks



BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 the_patriot11

the_patriot11

    High Tech Redneck


  • BC Advisor
  • 6,763 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Wyoming USA
  • Local time:12:53 PM

Posted 15 February 2016 - 07:03 PM

I would assume that your assessment is correct, that it is the battery. On desktop pcs they are relatively easy to change out just open your case, unless it's covered by a video card they usually stick out like a sore thumb. Make sure you ground yourself by touching a piece of the metal case frame first and never move your feet, use a small flathead screwdriver to gently pop the old one out. Take note of the way it came out and install the new one in the same way by just pushing it in, making sure the positive and negative sides match the way the old one was.

picard5.jpg

 

Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

If I don't reply within 24 hours of your reply, feel free to send me a pm.


#3 mjd420nova

mjd420nova

  • Members
  • 1,854 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:11:53 AM

Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:49 PM

That CMOS battery can cause a lot of intermittent and unrelated faults.  Most due to the scrambling of the BIOS.  The clock problem is the first tip off.



#4 draven

draven
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 136 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Location:England
  • Local time:06:53 PM

Posted 17 February 2016 - 05:19 PM

Thanks for the replies.

 

When I change the battery, this won't cause any problems with the hard drive or stop me gaining access to it?

 

Thanks



#5 mjd420nova

mjd420nova

  • Members
  • 1,854 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:11:53 AM

Posted 17 February 2016 - 06:41 PM

No.  The unit should have no problem booting.



#6 the_patriot11

the_patriot11

    High Tech Redneck


  • BC Advisor
  • 6,763 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Wyoming USA
  • Local time:12:53 PM

Posted 17 February 2016 - 10:54 PM

none at all


picard5.jpg

 

Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

If I don't reply within 24 hours of your reply, feel free to send me a pm.


#7 bluecoal

bluecoal

  • Members
  • 11 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:53 PM

Posted 19 February 2016 - 12:11 PM

So, when one has changed the battery 3 times and the clock still goes incorrect, what sorts of potential hardware issues are there?

Is this a symptom of some kind of electronic part in the mobo starting to go bad?



#8 mjd420nova

mjd420nova

  • Members
  • 1,854 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:11:53 AM

Posted 19 February 2016 - 05:35 PM

That's what it points to.  I would look over the battery holder, clean the metal clip and the contact in the slot at the bottom.  Aging batteries can corrode things a bit if not caught soon enough.



#9 bluecoal

bluecoal

  • Members
  • 11 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:53 PM

Posted 24 February 2016 - 09:22 AM

Thank you.



#10 hamluis

hamluis

    Moderator


  • Moderator
  • 56,300 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Killeen, TX
  • Local time:01:53 PM

Posted 24 February 2016 - 08:30 PM

Just a note...when you change the CMOS battery...you are supposed to then enter the BIOS...reset the date/time data...ensure that the boot options are correct...then save the changes made. 

 

Failure to do this would result in the date/time data being inaccurate.

 

Louis






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users