View Full Version : Clock on computer 5 minutes fast
12-13-2006, 08:35 AM
So awhile ago, my computer clock was 5 minutes fast compared to my DVRs. I figured ok, my DVRs need rebooting. But I checked timeanddate.com/worldclock and saw that no, my computer was 5 minutes fast. Rebooted and it's fine now. What causes that? heh
12-13-2006, 10:04 AM
12-13-2006, 10:06 AM
Not sure why...but try something like this:
I also had a program for awhile that sat in my system tray and would automaticallly update every day based on the atomic clock servers.
12-13-2006, 10:44 AM
On some systems I think that certain activities (such as extremely high CPU load) can result in higher-than-normal time drift. The Windows XP Time Service, if enabled (I don't enable it on my systems) will sync your PC time with some centralized site. Personally, I use a free tool from KarenWare (http://www.karenware.com) (Karen Kenworthy was a columnist from a now defunct computer publication) called Time Sync (http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptsync.asp). I configure Time Sync to run when XP starts (I then exit out of it, but I occasionally launch it between boots to re-sync my time). It can also be configured to run every 24 hours, etc. There is a built in list of time servers to choose from (I use one of the Boulder sites). KarenWare has some nice free tools on it.
12-13-2006, 01:02 PM
I like the Windows XP Time Service, but by default it only syncs the clock once per week. Theres a reg hack to change the interval to daily, but I can't find it right now.
Also, if you're in Central Time, try using now.okstste.edu as your time server.
12-13-2006, 02:31 PM
Ok, cool. I've been playing some games the last few days a lot so that is probably what caused it. Thanks guys. :)
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