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Date and Time on Mac

Posted on 1998-10-20
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I have what should be a simple question, on several of my Macintosh computers the "date and time" function always reverts to the year 1956. Because of this "1956" problem, it prevents me from receiving email,I can change the date back to 1998 and receive my email but as soon as I shut down the computer and start it up again the date then reverts to 1956, I am hoping there will be some kind of solution to getting the year to stay as the current date. I made sure that my "date and time" is in the control panels as well as the "date and time preferences" are in the preferences folder, I have tried replacing "date and time and preferences" with ones from other macs which do work, etc.
My suggestion/guess would be that maybe the chip in the computers which actually run the "date and time" function may no longer be working(even though its supposed to be a life-long chip). What do you think?
Thanks for your help. Julie
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Hi....
Replace the internal batteries on the macs.
This is what keeps the things like the time while the mac is
shutdown. These Macs must be a few years old by now. The new batteries should last anything between 3-4 years.
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The macs that I am using are only 1 year old. Is it still possible for the battery to be dead already? If not, do you have any other suggestions?
Thanks, Julie
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Hi...
First zzap your pram....
hold down the command option and p keys and reboot keeping those keys down until it reboots again.  if it still doesn't work a new battery is worth a try.
You can try trashing the Finder preferences also.
regards
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