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  • hello...  this problem started 2 weeks ago. One day when i started to on my computer,the loading screen had this American Megatrends stuff. I read the screen hurriedly , and while reading, the CPU had a beep. After that, it was a black screen with a blinking underscore on the top left of the screen . After 15 seconds or so, the computer then resumed its normal loading screen ( the windows XP loading screen ).

    Whats more shocking is,when my computer has fully started and running,i saw the computer clock having the wrong time and date,and i adjusted it back.Not long after,i decided to restart my computer .But whats more shocking is the clock was still at the wrong time , wrong date(always 15th january 2007),  i decided to do a system restore to a nearer date in June. However that did not work.

    what i have

    7 pass file shredder
    genuine windows XP
    256mb ram
    64mb DDR video memory
    2.6 GHZ intel pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading technology
    80gb 7200RPM Ultra DMA hard drive
    prevx1 antivirus (http://prevx1.com )
    ccleaner ( http://ccleaner.com )
    spybot : search and destroy ( http://spybot.info )
    HP pavilion t348d CPU (never update)

    > i've done virus scan and spyware scan,and found no virus/spyware
    >i've only got warcraft 3 and soldier of fortune besides those stuff
    >IE6 and Mozilla firefox user

    seriously thanks if u could solve this,because of this,sometimes i cant go to MSN,and seriously im lazy to keep setting the clock everyday when i use my computer.
    Friday, July 27, 2007 8:52 AM


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  • Gabriel from Singapore,


    When you turn off your computer, is the computer also attached to some sort of switch or power strip that removes electrical power from the plug?


    If so, then it's likely that the motherboard's small battery (sometimes called a CMOS or BIOS battery) is worn out.  This battery would help the computer "remember" the right time and date when the computer is turned off and power is removed from the power supply.


    It's a simple fix.  Find the instructions to do so at the computer manufacturer's web site or if a custom built computer, the motherboard manufacturer's web site.


    Friday, July 27, 2007 6:59 PM
  • man ur totally right.^^ now ill save $ for the battery,and much thanks, today is dec 2000 XD

    Monday, July 30, 2007 8:05 AM
  • Gabriel from Singapore,


    Quite often those batteries are CR2032 which in the USA cost less than $4.




    Good Luck!


    Monday, July 30, 2007 12:28 PM