Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

CMOS Clock problem on Dell OptiPlex GAx

Last response: in Computer Brands
Share
Anonymous
September 1, 2004 1:51:42 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH 8
installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought that
the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the clock
goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes and so
on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives in the PC
though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like that ? IS
there a cure for it ?

Tom


--
---
if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
address below
Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 1, 2004 1:51:43 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

How about replacing the battery? ... Ben Myers

On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 21:51:42 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:

>
>I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH 8
>installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought that
>the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the clock
>goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes and so
>on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives in the PC
>though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like that ? IS
>there a cure for it ?
>
>Tom
>
>
>--
>---
>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
>address below
>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 1, 2004 1:56:57 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Battery backwards?

"Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:2pk6muFlh273U1@uni-berlin.de...
>
> I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH 8
> installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought
> that
> the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the clock
> goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes and so
> on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives in the PC
> though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like that ? IS
> there a cure for it ?
>
> Tom
>
>
> --
> ---
> if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
> email
> address below
> Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Related resources
September 1, 2004 3:04:58 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

youve got the polarity crossed try reversing the connection on the SB
"Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:2pk6muFlh273U1@uni-berlin.de...
>
> I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH 8
> installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought
> that
> the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the clock
> goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes and so
> on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives in the PC
> though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like that ? IS
> there a cure for it ?
>
> Tom
>
>
> --
> ---
> if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
> email
> address below
> Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 2, 2004 2:50:02 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Ben Myers wrote:

Well, I've tried everything new battery, reversing polarity still clock goes
like mad.

Tom


> How about replacing the battery? ... Ben Myers
>
> On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 21:51:42 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH 8
>>installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought
>>that the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the
>>clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes
>>and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives in
>>the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like that
>>? IS there a cure for it ?
>>
>>Tom
>>
>>
>>--
>>---
>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>email address below
>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com

--
---
if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
address below
Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 2, 2004 6:06:33 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Ouch! Reversing polarity of the battery is not good for the health of a
computer. At this point, I have to speculate that reversing the polarity caused
irreversible damage to the motherboard's built-in clock. I suspect that the
only way to fix the problem is to replace the motherboard... Ben Myers

On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 10:50:02 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:

>Ben Myers wrote:
>
>Well, I've tried everything new battery, reversing polarity still clock goes
>like mad.
>
>Tom
>
>
>> How about replacing the battery? ... Ben Myers
>>
>> On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 21:51:42 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH 8
>>>installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought
>>>that the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the
>>>clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes
>>>and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives in
>>>the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like that
>>>? IS there a cure for it ?
>>>
>>>Tom
>>>
>>>
>>>--
>>>---
>>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>>email address below
>>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
>
>--
>---
>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
>address below
>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 2, 2004 10:40:15 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Ben Myers wrote:

Thanks Ben but the clock was racing before I tried to revers polarity.
Tom

> Ouch! Reversing polarity of the battery is not good for the health of a
> computer. At this point, I have to speculate that reversing the polarity
> caused
> irreversible damage to the motherboard's built-in clock. I suspect that
> the only way to fix the problem is to replace the motherboard... Ben Myers
>
> On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 10:50:02 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>>Ben Myers wrote:
>>
>>Well, I've tried everything new battery, reversing polarity still clock
>>goes like mad.
>>
>>Tom
>>
>>
>>> How about replacing the battery? ... Ben Myers
>>>
>>> On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 21:51:42 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>>I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH
>>>>8 installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought
>>>>that the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now
>>>>the clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like
>>>>minutes and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two
>>>>drives in the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem
>>>>problem like that ? IS there a cure for it ?
>>>>
>>>>Tom
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>--
>>>>---
>>>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>>>email address below
>>>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
>>
>>--
>>---
>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>email address below
>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com

--
---
if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
address below
Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 3, 2004 2:21:34 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Fine. The motherboard is still malfunctioning, and you had stated earlier that
you might have put in the battery upside down previously. I still suspect that
the only way to fix the problem is to replace the motherboard. Don't shoot the
bearer of bad news... Ben Myers

On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 18:40:15 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:

>Ben Myers wrote:
>
>Thanks Ben but the clock was racing before I tried to revers polarity.
>Tom
>
>> Ouch! Reversing polarity of the battery is not good for the health of a
>> computer. At this point, I have to speculate that reversing the polarity
>> caused
>> irreversible damage to the motherboard's built-in clock. I suspect that
>> the only way to fix the problem is to replace the motherboard... Ben Myers
>>
>> On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 10:50:02 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>Ben Myers wrote:
>>>
>>>Well, I've tried everything new battery, reversing polarity still clock
>>>goes like mad.
>>>
>>>Tom
>>>
>>>
>>>> How about replacing the battery? ... Ben Myers
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 21:51:42 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH
>>>>>8 installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought
>>>>>that the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now
>>>>>the clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like
>>>>>minutes and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two
>>>>>drives in the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem
>>>>>problem like that ? IS there a cure for it ?
>>>>>
>>>>>Tom
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>--
>>>>>---
>>>>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>>>>email address below
>>>>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
>>>
>>>--
>>>---
>>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>>email address below
>>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
>
>--
>---
>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
>address below
>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 3, 2004 3:57:46 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Ben Myers wrote:

Thanks Ben, I'm not trying to shoot the messenger. I suspected so much
myself. I hoped may be there was a dip switch or something on the mob that
would reset it. I only paid £25 for it and it served for more than two
years so I can't complain here. I saw someone selling the GXa mob on the
ebay for £4 so I may go for it.

Thanks- Tom



> Fine. The motherboard is still malfunctioning, and you had stated earlier
> that
> you might have put in the battery upside down previously. I still
> suspect that
> the only way to fix the problem is to replace the motherboard. Don't
> shoot the bearer of bad news... Ben Myers
>
> On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 18:40:15 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>>Ben Myers wrote:
>>
>>Thanks Ben but the clock was racing before I tried to revers polarity.
>>Tom
>>
>>> Ouch! Reversing polarity of the battery is not good for the health of a
>>> computer. At this point, I have to speculate that reversing the
>>> polarity caused
>>> irreversible damage to the motherboard's built-in clock. I suspect that
>>> the only way to fix the problem is to replace the motherboard... Ben
>>> Myers
>>>
>>> On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 10:50:02 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>>Ben Myers wrote:
>>>>
>>>>Well, I've tried everything new battery, reversing polarity still clock
>>>>goes like mad.
>>>>
>>>>Tom
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> How about replacing the battery? ... Ben Myers
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 21:51:42 +0100, Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the
>>>>>>RH 8 installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I
>>>>>>thought that the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did
>>>>>>but now the clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go
>>>>>>like minutes and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had
>>>>>>two drives in the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem
>>>>>>problem like that ? IS there a cure for it ?
>>>>>>
>>>>>>Tom
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>--
>>>>>>---
>>>>>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>>>>>email address below
>>>>>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
>>>>
>>>>--
>>>>---
>>>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>>>email address below
>>>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
>>
>>--
>>---
>>if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>email address below
>>Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com

--
---
if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
address below
Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 4, 2004 10:26:11 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

How sure are you of the condition of the "new" battery? I had the
same experience of a fast clock on a GX1 mobo; I tried two "new"
batteries I had had but not used without joy, but a third bought
freshly cured the problem. Finally, as the bettery voltage is so low,
I'd be surprised if reversing the polarity on the CMOS would cause
permanent damage.

"Fixer" <steve@kelly90.wanadoo.co.uk> wrote in message news:<ch2sm9$1r3$1@news5.svr.pol.co.uk>...
> youve got the polarity crossed try reversing the connection on the SB
> "Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:2pk6muFlh273U1@uni-berlin.de...
> >
> > I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the RH 8
> > installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I thought
> > that
> > the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the clock
> > goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes and so
> > on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives in the PC
> > though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like that ? IS
> > there a cure for it ?
> >
> > Tom
> >
> >
> > --
> > ---
> > if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
> > email
> > address below
> > Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 4, 2004 11:54:41 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Peter Felgate wrote:

Well the batter was straight from the shop.

Tom


> How sure are you of the condition of the "new" battery? I had the
> same experience of a fast clock on a GX1 mobo; I tried two "new"
> batteries I had had but not used without joy, but a third bought
> freshly cured the problem. Finally, as the bettery voltage is so low,
> I'd be surprised if reversing the polarity on the CMOS would cause
> permanent damage.
>
> "Fixer" <steve@kelly90.wanadoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:<ch2sm9$1r3$1@news5.svr.pol.co.uk>...
>> youve got the polarity crossed try reversing the connection on the SB
>> "Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:2pk6muFlh273U1@uni-berlin.de...
>> >
>> > I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the
>> > RH 8 installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I
>> > thought that
>> > the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the
>> > clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes
>> > and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives in
>> > the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like
>> > that ? IS there a cure for it ?
>> >
>> > Tom
>> >
>> >
>> > --
>> > ---
>> > if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>> > email
>> > address below
>> > Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com

--
---
if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
address below
Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 4, 2004 11:54:42 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Thata doesn't mean it was good! Who knows how long it had been on the
shelf.

Tom
"Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:2puhbhFopgjtU1@uni-berlin.de...
> Peter Felgate wrote:
>
> Well the batter was straight from the shop.
>
> Tom
>
>
>> How sure are you of the condition of the "new" battery? I had the
>> same experience of a fast clock on a GX1 mobo; I tried two "new"
>> batteries I had had but not used without joy, but a third bought
>> freshly cured the problem. Finally, as the bettery voltage is so low,
>> I'd be surprised if reversing the polarity on the CMOS would cause
>> permanent damage.
>>
>> "Fixer" <steve@kelly90.wanadoo.co.uk> wrote in message
>> news:<ch2sm9$1r3$1@news5.svr.pol.co.uk>...
>>> youve got the polarity crossed try reversing the connection on the SB
>>> "Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:2pk6muFlh273U1@uni-berlin.de...
>>> >
>>> > I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the
>>> > RH 8 installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I
>>> > thought that
>>> > the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the
>>> > clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like
>>> > minutes
>>> > and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives
>>> > in
>>> > the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like
>>> > that ? IS there a cure for it ?
>>> >
>>> > Tom
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > --
>>> > ---
>>> > if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>> > email
>>> > address below
>>> > Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
>
> --
> ---
> if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
> email
> address below
> Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 5, 2004 12:54:41 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Tom Scales wrote:

As far as I can tell there was nothing wrong with the old one. The PC
remembered it's time and config very well.

Tom


> Thata doesn't mean it was good! Who knows how long it had been on the
> shelf.
>
> Tom
> "Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:2puhbhFopgjtU1@uni-berlin.de...
>> Peter Felgate wrote:
>>
>> Well the batter was straight from the shop.
>>
>> Tom
>>
>>
>>> How sure are you of the condition of the "new" battery? I had the
>>> same experience of a fast clock on a GX1 mobo; I tried two "new"
>>> batteries I had had but not used without joy, but a third bought
>>> freshly cured the problem. Finally, as the bettery voltage is so low,
>>> I'd be surprised if reversing the polarity on the CMOS would cause
>>> permanent damage.
>>>
>>> "Fixer" <steve@kelly90.wanadoo.co.uk> wrote in message
>>> news:<ch2sm9$1r3$1@news5.svr.pol.co.uk>...
>>>> youve got the polarity crossed try reversing the connection on the SB
>>>> "Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:2pk6muFlh273U1@uni-berlin.de...
>>>> >
>>>> > I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the
>>>> > RH 8 installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I
>>>> > thought that
>>>> > the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the
>>>> > clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like
>>>> > minutes
>>>> > and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives
>>>> > in
>>>> > the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like
>>>> > that ? IS there a cure for it ?
>>>> >
>>>> > Tom
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > --
>>>> > ---
>>>> > if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>>>> > email
>>>> > address below
>>>> > Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
>>
>> --
>> ---
>> if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
>> email
>> address below
>> Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com

--
---
if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the email
address below
Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
Anonymous
September 6, 2004 3:48:35 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Huh? I thought you wrote:
The minutes go like seconds, hours go like minutes and so on.

I assumed you meant in the bios; and that's usually caused by a duff battery....

Mr Ter <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<2puks1Fpi2frU1@uni-berlin.de>...
> Tom Scales wrote:
>
> As far as I can tell there was nothing wrong with the old one. The PC
> remembered it's time and config very well.
>
> Tom
>
>
> > Thata doesn't mean it was good! Who knows how long it had been on the
> > shelf.
> >
> > Tom
> > "Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:2puhbhFopgjtU1@uni-berlin.de...
> >> Peter Felgate wrote:
> >>
> >> Well the batter was straight from the shop.
> >>
> >> Tom
> >>
> >>
> >>> How sure are you of the condition of the "new" battery? I had the
> >>> same experience of a fast clock on a GX1 mobo; I tried two "new"
> >>> batteries I had had but not used without joy, but a third bought
> >>> freshly cured the problem. Finally, as the bettery voltage is so low,
> >>> I'd be surprised if reversing the polarity on the CMOS would cause
> >>> permanent damage.
> >>>
> >>> "Fixer" <steve@kelly90.wanadoo.co.uk> wrote in message
> >>> news:<ch2sm9$1r3$1@news5.svr.pol.co.uk>...
> >>>> youve got the polarity crossed try reversing the connection on the SB
> >>>> "Mr Ter" <one6699@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> >>>> news:2pk6muFlh273U1@uni-berlin.de...
> >>>> >
> >>>> > I have an old Dell PC OptiPlex GAx. Recently I decided to upgrade the
> >>>> > RH 8 installation to Fedora core 2. Since I had to reset the BIOS I
> >>>> > thought that
> >>>> > the easiest way would be to remove the battery. So I did but now the
> >>>> > clock goes like mad. The minutes go like seconds, hours go like
> >>>> > minutes
> >>>> > and so on. Also CMOS does not seem to remember that I had two drives
> >>>> > in
> >>>> > the PC though it does remember clock. Has any body seem problem like
> >>>> > that ? IS there a cure for it ?
> >>>> >
> >>>> > Tom
> >>>> >
> >>>> >
> >>>> > --
> >>>> > ---
> >>>> > if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
> >>>> > email
> >>>> > address below
> >>>> > Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
> >>
> >> --
> >> ---
> >> if you would like to reply directly please remove [no #spam] from the
> >> email
> >> address below
> >> Mr.Ter[no #spam]ntlworld.com
!