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Windows 7: Clock is off by less than a minute.

17 Sep 2011   #1
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Clock is off by less than a minute.

I noticed that my clock is a bit slow. I think it started happening within the last week or so. Prior to that there were no problems.

It is set to synchronize automatically but I manually synchronized and sure enough it is now correct. So is it not synchronizing on it's own? Any ideas?




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17 Sep 2011   #2
derekimo

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Mine was doing that too for about a week, it finally caught up.
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17 Sep 2011   #3
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Keep a watch. Your motherboard battery may be coming to its end of life and replacing it may be a good idea if your machine is constantly losing time when not in use or needs frequent manual synchronisation.
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17 Sep 2011   #4
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Keep a watch. Your motherboard battery may be coming to its end of life and replacing it may be a good idea if your machine is constantly losing time when not in use or needs frequent manual synchronisation.
I sure hope not. It's an nine month old computer.
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17 Sep 2011   #5
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Check Task Scheduler under Task Scheduler Library->Microsoft->Windows->Time Synchronization and see what the options are and diagnose from there.

Also, I set mine to synchronize with time.nist.gov since it's more reliable.
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17 Sep 2011   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bru View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Keep a watch. Your motherboard battery may be coming to its end of life and replacing it may be a good idea if your machine is constantly losing time when not in use or needs frequent manual synchronisation.
I sure hope not. It's an nine month old computer.
I too hope it is not. But premature failure of any component is not unknown. And I made a conditional statement if blah, blah....

Now a definitive statement: If for no other reason your clock is losing time, then it is the battery. False positives and false negatives can always happen in any diagnosis.

Given your situation, I would have changed the battery without a blink -and irrespective of the battery manufacturing date, and think of any other thing only if it fails to resolve the problem. My way.
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18 Sep 2011   #7
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
Check Task Scheduler under Task Scheduler Library->Microsoft->Windows->Time Synchronization and see what the options are and diagnose from there.

Also, I set mine to synchronize with time.nist.gov since it's more reliable.
Screen shot attached. It says it's ready and that it ran succesfully. But it definitely was not run this Sunday at 1:00 AM. Does the computer have to be on? Because it is not at that time.

After the computer being off about nine hours clock is spot on at this point.


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19 Sep 2011   #8
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

It runs at the next opportunity it gets after the scheduled run time. In your case, it ran on Tuesday last week at 6:14 pm (that answers the "So is it not synchronizing on it's own?" part. Your clock synchronizes every sunday). If you could remember that it wasn't synchronized back then, it might have gotten an error but task scheduler still reported it as successful. Personally, I had my issues with synchronizing with time.microsoft.com.

On another note, there really is no need to synchronize your clock more than once a week. If your clock really gets that off often, then I would follow jumanji's advice since that's most likely the culprit. The other possibility is that some program with admin access is messing with your clock.
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19 Sep 2011   #9
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Are you sure the clock is off? What are you using to compare it to? Sure it is not off? And is less then a minute really worth all the trouble?
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19 Sep 2011   #10
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You can use Web Time to set time.
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