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BIOS clock slow- Not due to CMOS battery

Hey everyone...it appears I'm having some issues with a slow clock.  I have an XPS M1330.  Initially, it would fall behind a few hours each day, INCLUDING the BIOS time.  Also I noticed frequent Wi-Fi disconnections, as well as when I would shut down the laptop, it would not completely shut down.  It would go into what I believe would be an "idle" state, showing the blue power LED still being lit.  I would have to then manually shut down the laptop by holding the power button.  That was the only way of getting it out of the so-called "idle" state.  So first thing I decided to try was to replace the CMOS battery which was the first suggestion.  After replacing the CMOS battery, I got about 2 weeks of flawless performance; no slow clock, and no powering off issues.  Now, the clock is running slow again and I can't seem to figure out why.  I updated to the latest BIOS (A14 I believe), which seemed to work for about a day, now it's back to being slow again.  It is not shutting down properly either.  When I check the BIOS time, it is also incorrect.  I'm not sure if this a motherboard issue or what but any suggestions or ideas would be great. 

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If you have replaced your battery with a factory new one, I would contact Dell for a replacement systemboard(motherboard). Hopefully your system is still under warranty. I was going through the same exact struggles with the clock as you were and once i replaced my cmos battery that went away. I've been working fine for over 5 months now. You must have a more serious problem with the system. Hope this helps.

 

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I had the same exact problem. Time wasn't keeping up, so I replaced the CMOS battery with a new one from Dell. It ran for a while and then started having the same problems, as well as the not shutting down business. What's wrong with these machines and what is the fix? Did anyone find out?

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Replace the CMOS Battery with your motherboard. This should resolve the issue. I have been experiencing the slow clock issues for months now. Flashing the Bios didn't help. I replaced the CMOS battery and my time has been maintaining for over a week now. "just got new battery last week"

They are less then 10 bucks online. If your system is under warranty a dell tech will send you one for free. Hope this helps. Thanks.

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Same EXACT issues here.  Wifi dropouts and Bios clock is stalling or slowed.  Also, sleep states and power states are all screwy (when I go to Shut Down, computer restarts.  When it should sleep, it restarts)  Tried flashing BIOS.  Will try OS repair although that doesn't seem to have helped anyone.  Fortunately I extended my warranty and should have replacement MOBO next week.  FIngers crossed.

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Just to add to this discussion, I am also experiencing the same exact issues for the last week. I've validated the correct bios time and windows time. within 20 minutes or so it will be back off by an hour. It is very frustrating not having this runnign correct. On a note when looking at the time in the BIOS. I had found that the clock was actually staying in place, meaning the seconds were not advancing while viewing the time in the BIOS. I'm not sure if this is just an indicator that I need to replace the cmos battery or if there is another hardware problem occurring here.

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Hey MDLAXSK711

I have the EXACT SAME problems with my xps 1330.  Did you ever figure out the problem and find a solution?  Was it the MOBO?  Would really appreciate it if you can help me out.

 

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Hey Dallascowboys...yeah I'm in the right time zone.  I made sure to check that when I installed the new CMOS battery a while back.  The clock seems to be slowing at a much more frequent pace than it had been originally.  It seems to jump backwards sometimes.  For example the clock will be synced correctly for an hour's time period (say from 2pm to 3pm) and when it hits that new hour (3pm), it seems to jump back to 2pm and keep time from there, however at a slower pace.

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On the issure of your Clock being slow. Did you check to see if your clock was set to be in the same region in which you live in.  If it is not then now matter how many times you reset it once rebooted it will revert bact to region it was setup in.

Sam

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Well I wanted to post again and update the situation...I followed the tutorial that was given in the link for a clean install of the OS and still the same issues.  Real shame to because it took a long time to get everything back up and running.  So unless there's another option I'll have to buy a new MOBO from somewhere.

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Thanks Davet50 I really appreciate the response.  Ill check these out and hopefully I find something that works!

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