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Time settings change randomly

By jimbotech ·
I have a user whose Windows 2000 Pro. time settings change randomly, sometimes one hour ahead and sometimes one hour behind. Any idea what could cause this?

He does not switch between time zones, always uses the same one (CET), also AutomaticallyAdjust for Daylight Savings Time is selected.
Seems to happen randomly, not when connecting or disconnecting to network.

Also no recently installed applications seem to have caused this.
CMOS battery has been recently swapped.

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

thanks
Jimbotech

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by Gigelul In reply to Time settings change rand ...

I don't think this is happend randomly. You must find the rule.
Your user sometime logon to network and next time local?
You have a logon script which synchronize the time over the network?
Remember that a domain user don't have default, the right to change system time on local machine.
Check what server authenticate user in logon process (your servers show the same time).
Insert in your logon script <net time \\ServerName /set /y>

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by jimbotech In reply to Time settings change rand ...

Thanks Florinel,
Some more info:
User is a local user with administrative rights.
Problem does not seem to be related to local vs. network login

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by jimbotech In reply to Time settings change rand ...

User is a local user with administrative rights.
Problem does not seem to be related to local vs. network login

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Time settings change rand ...

There are several possibilities depending on what kind of servers you have and how you are setting time. A good solution is to synchronize everything through an atomic clock. There are many of these around. Take a look at

http://www.boulder.nist.gov/timefreq/service/its.htm
http://www.galleon.eu.com/time-servers.htm

Windows uses a time synchronization service called W32Time to synchronize the date and time on computers in a Windows 2000-based network. A Windows 2000-based computer attempts to synchronize its time with a Windows 2000-based domain controller.

Take a look here if you are using an NT domain Controller:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q258059

You may want to look at this as well:

http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q234735

Another obscure possibility: this can occur if the computer's BIOS is not 100 percent Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) compliant. You may want to look into this if nothing else seems to work.

Hope something here helps....good luck!

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Time settings change rand ...

As always, make sure to delete any spaces in the above URLs.

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by jimbotech In reply to Time settings change rand ...

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by jmarraffino In reply to Time settings change rand ...

I have found a conflicting time control issue with Lotus Notes. You didn't mention having it as the email client, but if you do, I have found that if the location document setting is not set to use the operating system's timezone settings, that it can change the time on the pc even when not on. Strange, but true.

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by jmarraffino In reply to Time settings change rand ...

When I said "even when not on", I meant even when Lotus Notes is not running. )

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