Y2K - 4 years too late?

Saturday, August 21st, 2004
For the past two days, my faithful laptop has been resetting its on-board clock to 4:00 PM on December 31, 1999. Each time I reset the clock back to the correct date/time, it reverts to December 31, 1999 within a few hours.

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I've been unable yet to isolate this to Windows 2000 or to the ThinkPad hardware itself. The only recent software change that I'm aware of was to run a WebEx session for a client test. (I've no reason to suspect Webex; still I've no idea why this is happening and why now.)

Michael Sampson suggested this would not have happened if I had purchased a Mac. (There's always one out there!) Bruce Elgort, will probably just say that it's because I have not updated my photo since then.

Perhaps it's just my system getting back at me for my concern over whether it would see me through Y2K.

Has anyone seen this before?

Discussion/Comments (3):

RTC battery dead.

I think the battery for RealTimeClock chip on your laptop motherboard is dead. Must be replaced by service.


Posted at 8/21/2004 4:30:21 AM by TesTeq

re: RTC battery dead.

That was the first thing I would have suspected; however, in my experience, that only becomes an issue when the computer is powered off. This sudden date/time change occurs while the computer is running. I'll swap laptop chassis and see what happens. Thanks for the reminder, though.

Posted at 8/21/2004 8:13:52 AM by Eric Mack

Bruce would also say....

Get a mac!

Posted at 8/21/2004 8:58:20 AM by Bruce Elgort

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