01-07-2012 06:12 AM
I upgraded the memory in my computer from Samsung 512MB x 2 (1GB total) 1Rx8 PC2-5300U-555 to Crucial 1GB x2 (GB total)DDR2 PC2-6400 • CL=6 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-800 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64 • Part # CT1441102. This new Crucial memory is supposed to be a compatible upgrade for an Acer Aspire M1610 according to the Crucial Memory Advisor on the website. Since installing the new memory my windows clock on the lower right corner of the start bar has been losing time. I don't know what is causing this problem. My computer specs are:
Computer: Acer Aspire M1610-U1201A Intel Pentium E2140 Dual Core Processor
Mother Board: F672CR
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
Bios: Phoenix Technologies R01A-A4 Dated 9/20/2007
Memory: Slot 'A0' has 1024 MB Slot 'A1' has 1024 MB
I did not have this problem before the memory upgrade. I don't believe it is the CMOS battery because the time is correct with the 512 modules installed. Any help with this would be appreciated. Thank you.
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01-07-2012 06:55 AM - edited 01-07-2012 07:05 AM
This could be interesting. Is this time loss repeatable when swapping the old and new RAM? Exactly how much time are you losing (ie, 1 minute every hour, 1 minute every 10 minutes, 1 hour every day, etc). Does it actually lose time while your PC is up and running or do you just notice it after turning it on after being off for quite some time?
However, in preparation for a response that would indicate you have not tried to repeat it and you just noticed it after the new RAM was installed, I would suggest the following:
Click on the clock and go to the internet time tab. Make sure your clock is set to auto sync and click "update now." If you get a failing result, pick a different time server from the drop-down menu and repeat. If the update is successful, leave that timeserver as default and test your time accuracy again.
One other distinct possibility is that your CMIOS battery might have gone "flakey" during the upgrade process. You did unplug the tower and took all ESD precuationary measures before attempting the upgrade; yes?
Very interesting... Let us know.
01-07-2012 04:34 PM
Thank you for the reply. I took all precautions when installing the new memory (unplugging power cord and static). The computer does not lose time when running. It seems like when I shut down and boot after a little while, the time I shut down would be shown in the Start Bar instead of the correct time. Changing the time on the start bar did no good, same problem. I then went into the CMOS setup when powering on and changed the time to the correct time. This seemed to work. I have shutdown and started up quite a few times to test the results and now the correct time appears on every boot. I don't know if this is a permanent solution but so far it is working. Thanks
01-07-2012 07:08 PM - edited 01-07-2012 09:59 PM
Good job! Apparently your BIOS clock got whacked and was probably not working at all and that may be why the Windows clock stopped at the last shutdown time (just a guess). If it happens again, you may have to reflash your BIOS to fix that issue and don't forget to replace that CMOS battery on schedule as well.
01-08-2012 05:05 AM
Could you please consider marking this thread as solved if you feel your issue has been properly addressed?