Computer loosing time

Albert Charron albert at
Thu May 15 04:16:15 UTC 2008

Rashkae wrote:
> Brian Lunergan wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Rashkae <ubuntu at>
>> Reply-To: Ubuntu user technical support,  not for general discussions
>> <ubuntu-users at>
>> To: Ubuntu user technical support,  not for general discussions
>> <ubuntu-users at>
>> Subject: Computer loosing time
>> Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 21:55:16 -0400
>> Mailer: Thunderbird (X11/20080227)
>> What would cause a computer to loose time while it's on and running?
>> (approx. 10 minutes lost every 24 hrs)  It's easy enough to sync the
>> clock with NTP, but it makes no sense to me that my pc can't count
>> seconds properly.
>> There may be other explanations possible (the ubertechs in the group can get themselves around that) but my speculative thought would be that the battery keeping your CMOS alive (and hence the time/date information) has reached its limits and is beginning to fail.
> Which would be first thought if the computer was ever turned off :)...
> System time doesn't rely on CMOS clock except to to reand from the clock
> on boot.
I'd say the same thing that Brian said, but maybe the battery isn't the 
problem, only one of the symptoms... I got the exact same situation a 
couple of months ago with one of my computer ( that one running doze 
tho)... then, other problems started to occur (going from freezes to 
instant reboots).  At some point, I noticed that at every reboots, I 
would have to redo the settings in the Bios...

The problem was in fact the power supply that wasn't giving enough power 
on the 3.3v, so the system was relying on the battery... When the 
battery drained... oups...

In your bios, look if you don't have a voltage monitor. If the voltages 
there are too far from their rated voltage, there may be a problem 
(remember, when the OS is loaded, computer needs more power than when in 
the Bios only...

Hope this helps...

  Albert Charron
  Linux Counter member #157482
  Registered computers: 195048, 361906

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