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My clock is always off

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Derek Jeter

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Everytime I try to manually set the correct time, it lets me. However, I notice the next day (even the same day) that it's always 5-6 minutes off.

Everytime I try to synchronize the time by...

Right-clicking the time in the bottom-right side of the monitor > "Adjust Date/time" > "Internet time" tab > "Update now"

...it says that an error occured.

How can I fix this?
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Neil Jones

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The time offered is always that from the server, so if server time is off by 10 minutes, the system clock will be off by ten minutes.
Short of telling the computer not to bother resetting its time every week, not really much more you can do.
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DJ, what time server is selected in the Server window? I just tried it with time.windows.com (default I think) and it worked okay for me.

When you do it, does it say what error occurred? If not, look in Event Viewer (Start / Run type eventvwr.msc and press Enter) and see if anything is logged there that will help identify the problem.
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Your CMOS battery on the Motherboard may be failing, replace it. The battery
will look like a wrist watch battery....see screenshot
The first symptom for a battery running low is time slowing down and eventually complete loss of date and time. In some cases you might get a boot device error because a boot device such as floppy disk or hard drive can not be located....

There is a registry tweak to update the time more frequently but I would
replace the battery....
if you want to apply the tweak...backup your registry first...the how to is here...

To change the frequency of checking the time through the internet:

click... Start...Run...type in..regedit
Navigate to:

Double-click SpecialPollInterval in the right-hand pane and select Decimal.
Change the Decimal value in seconds.

NOTE: The value is in seconds. Enter the number of seconds you would like to
update to the correct time. If you want every hour then it would be 3600
seconds, daily would be 86400 seconds.

Edited by happyrck, 24 February 2008 - 06:15 PM.

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If you would like the official time and would like to set it manually go to time.gov.
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