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Taskbar Clock is Running Fast

Posted on 2004-04-13
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I'm using Windows XP Professional.  Recently, the taskbar clock is running fast, gaining several minutes per hour.  Each time I reset it, it gains again.  Please advise the cause and fix for this.  Thanks
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Question by:bobengel
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by:Callandor
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You need a time service that will check what the time is on one of the atomic clocks around the world and sync to it.  AtomicClock might work for you.
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by:MortimerCat
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XP has an automatic time sync.

Click on clock to bring up Date & Time properties. Look at the Internet Tab.  Do you have it enabled at the moment?  Unfortunately, it only updates once a day.

However I can see a scenario in that you may be setting your clock a few minutes slow, but then the time sync corrects it, but it looks like the clock has gained a few minutes!
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by:bobengel
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I do use an automatic update (Tweakmaster) but it only updates daily, similar to XPs.  I was interested in learning why the clock suddenly is so sporadic - mostly gaining time and sometimes many minutes within an hour.  This is a fairly recent problem and is not normal.  I used AtomicClock in the past and could set it for frequent updates that will correct the problem but I really want to know the cause.
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Snowguy earned 125 total points
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3 things that I know of that can cause this.
1 weak cmos battery on motherboard.
2 overclocking the cpu i.e.... wrong fsb
3 defective RTC (real time clock)
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by:Callandor
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If you boot to DOS and periodically check the time, that should let you know if it is a hardware clock problem.
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