View Full Version : Slow Clock on Win98
05-09-2001, 08:05 PM
My Date/Time Clock on Win98 is running slow at about 1 minute behind per day. It just started doing this after my computer was infected with the Backdoor-G2 Trojan Virus. I (hopefully) successfully cleaned out the virus, but the clock still is running slow. Any ideas on how to fix this?
05-09-2001, 11:44 PM
When you notice the clock running a minute behind, reset your computer but DON'T touch the time before you do it. See if the time fixes itself.
Now why would it fix itself? Windows keeps track of time very differently (and independently) from the clock in your CMOS. Turns out that RAM refreshes are a really crappy way of keeping an accurate measure of time, so clocks tend to move off the mark over time when the computer is turned on. When you reboot, it grabs the time from the CMOS. It'll give us a better idea if the problem is Windows keeping track of time or your CMOS clock.
05-15-2001, 01:31 PM
Very nice explanation mezpin, couldn't have explained it better myself :):):)
However if your clock is slow while your computer is off, you might have to change your cmos battery
05-15-2001, 09:27 PM
Thanks! The problem seemed to clear up. I think the RAM/clock was running slow for a few days because I was working my computer pretty hard for those day to the point that it would crash most of the time. Thanks again for the explaination.
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