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pc clock is GAINING time???

By millhouselives ·
I have a strange problem with 4 different computers. The pc clock on all of these computers is always wrong. The date is fine. If I use either the bios settings to set the correct time or I use the control panel, regional settings, etc. to set the time on any one of these four computers the time will only stay correct when they are on. If I do a restart the computer will restart and the times will be correct, but if I do a shutdown and then turn computer back on..the time will be either 5,6, or7 hours ahead of the correct time.

So far I have checked for viruses, run SpyBot, changed the bios battery and I still have the problem, so far I have done these changes on just one of the computers, figuring that once I fix one, I will have theanswer and then I will fix the other three.

Now for some history, this all seems to have started, sometime after we installed McAfee Virus protection on these computers. I have looked at their site but find nothing regarding the virus software screwing up the pc clocks.

The setup for these is computers is this: They are using Wingate as a proxy server on the one computer that is connected to a cable modem (com21) the other three computer then share the Internet conncection and two travel agency software applications for booking vacations, etc.

Now originally the computer running Wingate had a small application called "Precision Time" running on it and it was not correcting the time as designed. What I mean is that if you went in and used "Precision Time" to set the time it would correct it, but the once you did a shutdown and restart the time would again be hours ahead of the correct time. So I uninstalled this software and tried "Atomic Time" and this still did not fix the problem.

I thought that maybe since this computer was the wingate server that if its time was wrong, perhaps the other 3 computers were somehow getting their time from it. So what

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thank you for everybody's help...its been awhile...mainly because I could not get the user to give up the computer to get it fixed..ended it re-building it from scratch..thanks again

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To all who have tried to help me, here is the an update for you. All third party apps., have been disabled. Have tried booting from a clean dos diskette, tried safe mode on all of the computers and the time still comes up anywhere from 3 hours to 7 hours ahead.
What I done in the meantime for a work around is this:
On the computer that acts as the wingate proxy server, I have downloaded "AtomicTime" and put the exe. in the startup folder so that computer checks it's time against some Internetclocks and then sets the computer system time to the correct time. I have it configured to set time and then the "atomictime" programs closes itself. It takes about 10 seconds to do that. On the other three computers, I was not able to do this, because it looks like they can not check Internet clocks because there is no DNS configured on them. I believe wingate hands out IP address to them but they all come back with NO DNS found when I tried to use the "atomicclock" program with them. So reaching back into my DOS day's I went into msconfig and added the "time" command line to the autoexec.bat file so that when those three computer boot up, it asks for the current time and I have instructed the users how to enter the correct time. This wayit acts as a reminder for them to set there clock whenever they cold boot. They (owner of this small business has been asked to call their computer support company,they lease these machines and request to have the motherboards replaced on the chancethat maybe there is a bios virus lurking on the motherboard bios chip. That's it for now, after motherboard get replaced I will let you all know the results. thanks again for all your help!

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UpDate: Well heres a big clue I think, after I put the "time" command into the autoexec.bat file and then do a cold boot on the computers the dos command shows the current time and the option to enter new time. Well...? the current time is now correct all of the time, so there is no need for the users to enter a corrected time!

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