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Why does my computer lie to me about the time?

 
 
dlowan
 
Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 08:48 am
My computer is telling porkies.

It is now registering the time as being an hour and ten minutes earlier than it actually is.

It tends to tell the truth when I first turn it on - but not always - but proceeds to lie more outrageously as time goes on.

Any ideas of why, and/or remedies?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 08:58 am
Your processor might have.. issues...

Monger's better with hardware than I, mebbe he'll come round.

I'm pretty sure it's not software related. Sounds like it syncs up every now and then and is correct and a slow processor is makin' it lie.

Either that, or yer puter just doant like yew.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:01 am
How quickly you jump to conclusions. Have you considered this might be an honest mistake?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:02 am
Yeah, judge not . . .
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:03 am
I wind my pc-clock up regularily.
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mac11
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:03 am
My computer gets faster. I figure it just wants me to go to bed earlier.
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fishin
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:07 am
Whaddya using for an OS there bunny? Win95, 98 and ME have problems with losing time that shows up exactly as you describe.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;189706
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:09 am
Win 98! Well, well.

I think it very cruel, Craven, to imply that my computer does not like me. You know what I am like - I am in tears as we speak.

I am thinking of a pre-emptive break-up with it now.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:10 am
Wonder why the problem is only really showing up now?

If it lies to me about inclination, I am turning it off...forever...
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fishin
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:14 am
Did you install any new Anti-virus or system utilites on it lately?

I had the same thing happen with my clock when I was running WinME and it drove me batty. Micorsoft's solution of removing my antivirus software was unacceptable so I finally just upgraded to Win2000.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:19 am
No, no new software - Craven is right - it just does not love me any more....my life has no meaning.....I am just stepping out for a while - I may be some time......waaaaaaaaah.

(No biggie- I just wear a watch)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:20 am
Trust you mins to excuse the thing's perfidy, Roger and Setanta - you must believe my PC is a fella - right?
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Monger
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:28 am
Yeah, this be a somewhat common problem, bunny.

Here's how Microsoft says to fix it (from the link Fishin' posted)..

Microsoft Knowledge Base wrote:

To resolve the issue .. use one of the following methods:

APM Settings

Disable APM in the BIOS and configure Windows to manage APM. For information about how to disable APM in the BIOS, please contact the manufacturer of your computer.

To configure Windows to manage APM:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Power Management, select the settings you want for APM, and then click OK.

Disable Third-Party Programs and Utilities

Disable the following types of programs and utilities:
  • Anti-virus
  • Screen savers
  • System utilities


You could try leaving your anti-virus program running & disabling the other things on those lists (APM, screen saver, etc.) & see if that works. Otherwise, you may need to turn off your antivirus program too, reinstall windows (which wouldn't guarantee a permanent fix), or upgrade.


Though this won't apply to your particular problem, bunny, note that the majority of time-related problems with PCs are caused by a dead or dying clock battery. Techies will call it a CMOS battery or RTC battery or some such dumb acronym, but it's simply one of those flat round 3-volt watch batteries you can buy at any electronics shop or convenience store. To change one you'd need to open the PC's case and pull the old battery off your motherboard (the big circuit board in there that everything plugs in to). Unfortunetly, if the clock battery completely dies on you (and it will after 2~4 years typically), many PC's will give bizarre boot-up errors & not be able to get into Windows. (If that does happen, it's nothing that can't be fixed by simply replacing the battery -- and possibly having to reset your CMOS settings).
I work with a computer repair company, and I swear that for at least a third of the computers people bring in which won't boot, we simply go across the street to 7-11 and buy a watch battery for $2, then charge the poor customer $70 for an hour of repair. They're always thrilled they didn't lose anything.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:32 am
LOL! You computer folks be evil!

Er - why does a computer which plugs into perfectly good electricity want to have a clock battery?

Oh - for when I turn the smegger off, I guess.


I ain't touching no mother-fu.... I mean board - it scares me - god knows what is in there -
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:33 am
As ever, Monger, you were sweet, and did not make me doubt my computer's wuv for me....unlike SOME...she muttered darkly...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:34 am
Why are so many of your avatars carrying guns, Monger!?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:40 am
cause guns and bunnies is good friends.. at least bullets and bunnies are
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Monger
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:44 am
Nyeeeheeeheehee! LaughingTwisted Evil
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 09:46 am
Craven, Monger - why persecutest thou me?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jul, 2003 10:16 am
coz I doant like yew oar yer brother.. eits awl the same, eits awl the same
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