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Windows 7: OS reporting wrong time, faulty Mainboard?

21 May 2011   #1
Lee K

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
OS reporting wrong time, faulty Mainboard?

So I have been experiencing my time in Windows 7 64 bit OS being out by large amounts. Years off, random dates from the past and even into the future. I did a lot of investigation into this and to me it seems to point to error in communication between the OS and the MB?

The BIOS has never reported an incorrect time since being set. When I first installed the mainboard I noticed on first start that the bios clock was incorrect and so I set it to the correct date and time, since then it has always showed the correct time, so this eliminates a bad battery.

This is a completely different problem from those people that experience a few minutes difference over time that the computer is on and time sync from time servers. This is a few days time difference on startup to years of difference.

I have had some other issues with my computer. I just had my Video card fail, and when it did it simply made a loud squealing sound and the computer monitor went black - no input from video card. I pulled the video card, cleared CMOS and started OS with the onboard grahpics. Upon entering the OS I see my time and date is from 2 years ago, completely different day and time, bios reports correct time as usual.

I also have had the HDD activity light and power light stop working, just a short while ago. I have looked carefully at my connections and nothing looks bad, they just both stopped working. Computer runs fine. Not sure if this is all coincidental but it makes me wonder if the Mainboard is coming "unglued" so to speak. It still runs fine now with the onboard video. To do a complete diagnosis I will have to pull the mainboard, put it in a different case, try video card in another mainboard to make sure the PCI-e slot hasn't malfunctioned, but I am sure it is the Video card.

Add to this my other weird problem with the SATA optical drives, is this my baddddd or what?

Anyone else experience Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H instability? This is getting to be quite ridiculous... Electrical Ninja's?

And in other news the world is coming to an end, did you hear?


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21 May 2011   #2
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

What does the Current Time and date state in the BIOS?

Josh
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21 May 2011   #3
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Have you tried to change the Date and Time?

Date and Time - Change

Josh
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21 May 2011   #4
TCG

 
 

Based of what you are saying and all the little quirks, the mobo would be highly suspect for me as well. I'm slightly biased in that opinion though, I've never had a good track record w/ Gigabyte.
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21 May 2011   #5
Lee K

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The bios reports the correct time since I set it about 1 month ago. I have set the correct time in OS every time it has reported an incorrect time. this is pretty basic stuff... TCG I like your answer best so far... but it's not an answer I like to hear...
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21 May 2011   #6
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

If the BIOS Reports the Correct Time and Date then the Mobo isn't the cause it may be the OS - Is Windows set to retrieve Date and Time Automatically from the Web?

Josh
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21 May 2011   #7
Lee K

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Yes it is, I have tried various servers, they work just fine, if I click on update now they give me the correct time back. I tried the gov one and now am set to the windows time server, which seems to give me the right time back as well.

Right now I am more concerned about my other problems, it will take me some time to build 2 test computers to trade off parts back and forth to positively identify if the mainboard is the problem or it is the video card and, or, OS. Swapping mainboards, unfortunately I don't have another PCI-e video card to test with. Thanks for the help.
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22 May 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'm gonna vote for TCG's answer as well. You've already tried everthing I would have tried.
I have a Gagabyte Motherboard too, had to RMA it twice before I got a good one. I don't have much faith in their reliability either.
This would ba a good(?) time to look at upgrades.
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22 May 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try replacing the CMOS battery.
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22 May 2011   #10
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try replacing the CMOS battery.
If the time in the BIOS is wrong again already then that's the best thing to try.
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