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Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping ?

By robo_dev ·
Six-month old Dell Laptop running Windows XP loses 15 minutes a day.

It is getting time updates over the Internet, which re-syncs the clock, as expected.

CMOS battery going flat so soon?

I know I can modify the registry to make the PC synchronize its clock with internet time more often (default is every 24H), but I've never had to do this for a PC.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient

Should it matter if the PC goes to Hibernate vs. Off vs. Standby?

I plan to test and/or replace the $10 CMOS battery, but would not expect that the PC would consistently be off by 15 minutes if the battery was off-voltage.

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yeah but is there another time service that's off somewhere?

by CG IT In reply to Time keeps on slipping, s ...

The machine itself gets its time from the time set in the BIOS. The CMOS battery is supposed to keep that current until either it's reset or the battery is taken out. Then reverts to the BIOS default time. Windows gets it's time initially from the BIOS but then syncs time with an external time source or if domain, from network authoritative time servers.

That's where I've seen machines be off. There is a time server service that's off on the network, and that time server service is authoritative for the network. If the time server is not synced right with a good external time source like NIST Internet Time servers the machine time will be off from other sources like NIST or Microsoft time servers. Since it's an authoritative time service, workstations will sync with it,

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How to synchronize the time.....

On a member computer in an Active Directory domain

1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.
2. Type w32tm /resync, and then press ENTER.

How to synchronize an internal time server with an external source

1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.
2. Type the following line, where peerlist is a space-separated list of Domain Name System (DNS) names or IP addresses of the appropriate time sources, and then press ENTER:
w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:peerlist
3. Type w32tm /config /update, and then press ENTER.

Notes

* The most common use of this procedure is to synchronize the internal network's authoritative time source with a very precise external time source. However, you can run this procedure on any Windows XP-based computer.
* If the computer cannot reach the servers, the procedure does not succeed and an entry is written to the Event log.
* You can use computers on the Internet to provide accurate time information. For example, use the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which provides the NIST Network Time service.

How to configure services
How to start, stop, pause, resume, or restart a service
Note You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Services.
2. In the Details pane, click the service.
3. On the Action menu, click Start, Stop, Pause, Resume, or Restart.
4. To configure the startup parameters for a service, right-click the service, click Properties, and then type the parameters in the Start parameters box before you click Start. These settings are used only once and are not saved. A backslash character (\) is treated as an escape character; type two backslashes for each backslash in a parameter.

Notes

* If you stop, start, or restart a service, any dependent services are also affected.
* Changing the default service settings might prevent key services from running correctly. Use caution when you change the Startup Type and Log On As settings for services that are configured to start automatically.

How to configure how a service is started
Note You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Services.
2. Right-click the service that you want to configure, and then click Properties.
3. Click the General tab, and then in the Startup type box, click Automatic, Manual, or Disabled.
4. To specify the user account that the service can use to log on, click the Log On tab, and then use one of the following methods:
* To specify that the service use the LocalSystem account, click Local System account.
* To specify that the service use the LocalService account, click This account, and then type NT AUTHORITY\LocalService.
* To specify that the service use the NetworkService account, click This account, and then type NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService.
* To specify another account, click This account, click Browse, and then specify a user account in the Select User dialog box. When you are finished, click OK.
5. Type the password for the user account in the Password box and in the Confirm password box, and then click OK.

Notes

* Changing the default service settings might prevent key services from running correctly. Use caution when you change the Startup Type and Log On As settings for services that are configured to start automatically.
* If you enable or disable a service and you encounter a problem in starting the computer, you might be able to start the computer in Safe mode. You can then change the service configuration or restore the default configuration.
* If you select the Allow service to interact with desktop check box, the service is configured to provide a user interface on a desktop. This feature is available only if you click Local System account and only if the service is configured to interact with the desktop.

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

Hope it helps you out.

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by Churdoo In reply to Time keeps on slipping, s ...

into the futuuurre ...
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by oldbaritone In reply to What is Steve Miller Band ...

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