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WinXP clock

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by shank, May 25, 2010.

  1. shank

    shank Flightless Bird

    Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's available?

    I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5 minutes
    off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour. It's now about 15
    minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again. Historically, evidently, it's
    always 5 minutes off which makes me believe it is syncing with something I'm
    not aware of. How do I troubleshoot this?

    thanks
     
  2. Bob

    Bob Flightless Bird

    The system clock is losing time or not keeping time accurately.

    http://www.pcguide.com/ts/x/comp/mbsys/cmosLosingTime-c.html



    "shank" <shank@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:-OSiYthG$KHA.3880@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's available?
    >
    > I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5 minutes
    > off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour. It's now about 15
    > minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again. Historically, evidently,
    > it's always 5 minutes off which makes me believe it is syncing with
    > something I'm not aware of. How do I troubleshoot this?
    >
    > thanks
    >
     
  3. John Wunderlich

    John Wunderlich Flightless Bird

    "shank" <shank@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in
    news:-OSiYthG$KHA.3880@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl:

    > Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's
    > available?
    >
    > I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5
    > minutes off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour.
    > It's now about 15 minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again.
    > Historically, evidently, it's always 5 minutes off which makes me
    > believe it is syncing with something I'm not aware of. How do I
    > troubleshoot this?
    >
    > thanks
    >
    >


    "How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows XP"
    <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314054>

    Skip about 1/3 down the page to the paragraph titled:
    "Configuring the Windows Time service to use an external time source"

    HTH,
    John
     
  4. Volunteer J

    Volunteer J Flightless Bird

    shank wrote:
    > Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's available?
    >
    > I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5
    > minutes off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour. It's
    > now about 15 minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again.
    > Historically, evidently, it's always 5 minutes off which makes me
    > believe it is syncing with something I'm not aware of. How do I
    > troubleshoot this?
    > thanks

    =====================================
    Maybe your CMOS battery needs to be replaced:

    How To Replace The
    CMOS Battery In Your PC
    http://tinyurl.com/12a2
    or...
    http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/articles/cmosreplace.asp

    How To Install A CMOS Battery
    http://tinyurl.com/z3l7g
    or...
    http://www.smartcomputing.com/Editorial/article.asp?article=articles/2004/w1510/32w10/32w10.asp

    --

    Volunteer J - MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
     
  5. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 25 May 2010 22:57:57 -0400, "Volunteer J" <oobie@doobie.zyx>
    wrote:

    > shank wrote:
    > > Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's available?
    > >
    > > I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5
    > > minutes off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour. It's
    > > now about 15 minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again.
    > > Historically, evidently, it's always 5 minutes off which makes me
    > > believe it is syncing with something I'm not aware of. How do I
    > > troubleshoot this?
    > > thanks

    > =====================================
    > Maybe your CMOS battery needs to be replaced:



    No, almost certainly not, for two reasons:

    1. It goes off by only five minutes.

    2. Before anyone whose clock is running slow rushes out to buy a new
    battery, he should first take note of whether he is losing time while
    the computer is running or while it's powered off. If it's while
    powered off, the problem *is* very likely the battery. But if it's
    while running (which is apparently his case), it can *not* be the
    battery, because the battery isn't used while the computer is running.

    If the clock loses time while running, try this:

    Open a command prompt window (Start | Run | cmd) and enter the
    following commands:

    net stop w32time
    w32tm /unregister [ignore error message]
    w32tm /unregister
    w32tm /register
    net start w32time




    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  6. shank

    shank Flightless Bird

    "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    news:sh4pv5d2gkqartphta7nmq52311beksat7@4ax.com...
    > On Tue, 25 May 2010 22:57:57 -0400, "Volunteer J" <oobie@doobie.zyx>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> shank wrote:
    >> > Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's available?
    >> >
    >> > I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5
    >> > minutes off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour. It's
    >> > now about 15 minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again.
    >> > Historically, evidently, it's always 5 minutes off which makes me
    >> > believe it is syncing with something I'm not aware of. How do I
    >> > troubleshoot this?
    >> > thanks

    >> =====================================
    >> Maybe your CMOS battery needs to be replaced:

    >
    >
    > No, almost certainly not, for two reasons:
    >
    > 1. It goes off by only five minutes.
    >
    > 2. Before anyone whose clock is running slow rushes out to buy a new
    > battery, he should first take note of whether he is losing time while
    > the computer is running or while it's powered off. If it's while
    > powered off, the problem *is* very likely the battery. But if it's
    > while running (which is apparently his case), it can *not* be the
    > battery, because the battery isn't used while the computer is running.
    >
    > If the clock loses time while running, try this:
    >
    > Open a command prompt window (Start | Run | cmd) and enter the
    > following commands:
    >
    > net stop w32time
    > w32tm /unregister [ignore error message]
    > w32tm /unregister
    > w32tm /register
    > net start w32time
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    > Please Reply to the Newsgroup


    I did the above because it appeared to be the most plausible and set it to
    Worldtimezone. But some 10 hours later, it reverted back to 6 minutes slow.
    What I thought was 5 minutes above is actually 6 minutes. And it will stay 6
    minutes off no matter what I do. How can I tell if there's some small app
    that's dinging the wrong time somewhere and changing my clock? Add/Remove
    programs doesn't show anything I'm not aware of.

    thanks!
     
  7. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Try a different time server. Use: tick.usno.navy.mil
    "shank" <shank@tampabay.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:-Ow$2zeN$KHA.5464@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    > news:sh4pv5d2gkqartphta7nmq52311beksat7@4ax.com...
    >> On Tue, 25 May 2010 22:57:57 -0400, "Volunteer J" <oobie@doobie.zyx>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> shank wrote:
    >>> > Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's available?
    >>> >
    >>> > I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5
    >>> > minutes off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour. It's
    >>> > now about 15 minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again.
    >>> > Historically, evidently, it's always 5 minutes off which makes me
    >>> > believe it is syncing with something I'm not aware of. How do I
    >>> > troubleshoot this?
    >>> > thanks
    >>> =====================================
    >>> Maybe your CMOS battery needs to be replaced:

    >>
    >>
    >> No, almost certainly not, for two reasons:
    >>
    >> 1. It goes off by only five minutes.
    >>
    >> 2. Before anyone whose clock is running slow rushes out to buy a new
    >> battery, he should first take note of whether he is losing time while
    >> the computer is running or while it's powered off. If it's while
    >> powered off, the problem *is* very likely the battery. But if it's
    >> while running (which is apparently his case), it can *not* be the
    >> battery, because the battery isn't used while the computer is running.
    >>
    >> If the clock loses time while running, try this:
    >>
    >> Open a command prompt window (Start | Run | cmd) and enter the
    >> following commands:
    >>
    >> net stop w32time
    >> w32tm /unregister [ignore error message]
    >> w32tm /unregister
    >> w32tm /register
    >> net start w32time
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    >> Please Reply to the Newsgroup

    >
    > I did the above because it appeared to be the most plausible and set it to
    > Worldtimezone. But some 10 hours later, it reverted back to 6 minutes
    > slow. What I thought was 5 minutes above is actually 6 minutes. And it
    > will stay 6 minutes off no matter what I do. How can I tell if there's
    > some small app that's dinging the wrong time somewhere and changing my
    > clock? Add/Remove programs doesn't show anything I'm not aware of.
    >
    > thanks!
    >
     
  8. C.Joseph Drayton

    C.Joseph Drayton Flightless Bird

    On 5/25/2010 6:07 PM, shank wrote:
    > Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's available?
    >
    > I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5 minutes
    > off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour. It's now about 15
    > minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again. Historically, evidently, it's
    > always 5 minutes off which makes me believe it is syncing with something I'm
    > not aware of. How do I troubleshoot this?
    >
    > thanks
    >
    >


    Is the machine in question on a network?? The reason I ask, is because
    some network servers will force clients to sync their time to the server.

    Sincerely,
    C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T

    CSD Computer Services

    Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/
    E-mail: c.joseph@csdcs.site90.net
     
  9. Mike S

    Mike S Flightless Bird

    On 6/5/2010 7:14 PM, C.Joseph Drayton wrote:
    > On 5/25/2010 6:07 PM, shank wrote:
    >> Does WinXp sync it's clock to some outside resource if it's available?
    >>
    >> I downloaded an atomic sync software. Found my clock to be about 5
    >> minutes
    >> off. Synced it and scheduled it to be synced every hour. It's now
    >> about 15
    >> minutes later and it's off by 5 minutes again. Historically,
    >> evidently, it's
    >> always 5 minutes off which makes me believe it is syncing with
    >> something I'm
    >> not aware of. How do I troubleshoot this?
    >>
    >> thanks
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Is the machine in question on a network?? The reason I ask, is because
    > some network servers will force clients to sync their time to the server.


    That's a good thing to check:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307897
     

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