February 22nd, 2006, 07:09 AM
Why does my clock suddenly lose time?
Just recently, my clock in the System Tray has started to lose time. Every couple of days or so I notice that it's lost many hours. It's not a major problem but it's a bit irritating when my emails start to show that I replied before I got them (maybe I have second sight or something!)
I downloaded a little atomic clock program so it could synchronize the clock over the internet, but Windows Defender kicked up such a fuss about it, even before I installed it, that I decided that discretion is the better part of valour and ditched it in case it's a nasty.
Is there an easy answer within Windows, or a safe program that will synchronize the clock with an atomic one on the internet, or do I have to get some sort of battery replaced?
February 22nd, 2006, 07:47 AM
If it's jumping hours at a time, it sounds like you have the wrong timezone selected -- double-click on the clock and check.
Windows XP actually includes time synchronisation (the Internet Time tab); you don't need third-party software.
Safe computing is a habit, not a toolkit.
February 22nd, 2006, 08:27 AM
Might need to replace the three dollar battery....
Did you recently start unplugging the pc from it's electrical source at night?
"Common Sense is a flower that doesn't grow in everyone's garden."
February 22nd, 2006, 12:29 PM
This is a workaround rather than a true fix, but you can change the Windows Time update interval by hacking the Registry thus:
In HK_Local_Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient -
Change value of SpecialPollInterval to number of seconds required between updates.
Create new Dword value for SpecialPollInterval if necessary.
February 22nd, 2006, 08:10 PM
Double click on clock.
on the internet time tab, change the default time server to one from this list.
(the windows default time servers may not work).
I read your e-mail
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
February 22nd, 2006, 08:47 PM
Thanks for the fast responses. To answer your questions:
1) I've checked the time zone and it's correct for me.
2) Maybe the answer is a battery. I do switch off the power at night.
3) I tried connecting to tf.nist.gov before asking on these forums, and in response to GodMonstr's suggestion, but each I try it times out.
4) Re the Registry edit... I'm really not happy to fiddle with it (I'm a prime example of Murphy's Law.... "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong"!)
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