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System clock running fast

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by gplracerx, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. gplracerx

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    My system clock suddenly started running fast. It now gains about four seconds every minute. The pattern is odd. If I run ntpquery to time-b.nist.gov repeatedly, the offset slowly decreases in small steps by about one second and then jumps ahead by 3 seconds. I've tried lots of things that I found at the microsoft site like unregister and register w33tm.exe and I have increased the frequency of automatic updates to every 15 minutes, but this is a workaround, not a fix. When I look at the clock in the BIOS, it seems to keep the correct time, so I would think a motherboard battery problem isn't the problem. I'm going to replace it anyway, though. Any other ideas?

    Btw, any psychics out there, please tell me where I hid the motherboard manual.

    System details:

    MB: Asus A7N8X Deluxe
    CPU: Athlon XP 2400+
    1 GB RAM (2x512 in dual channel)
    WinXP Home SP2 (updates up-to-date)
    McAfee Total Protection 2007
    wire connected to D-Link D624 router connected to the internet by cable modem
    I have a Buffalo NAS and another computer with a wireless connection to the router. Both of them are keeping time correctly.
     
  2. gplracerx

    gplracerx Thread Starter

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    Well, maybe it was the battery after all. I changed it and the problem seems to have gone away. The old battery tests ok with no load (3.1V), but computers are strange and wonderful things. I also found my motherboard manual.
     
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