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Clock Constantly Wrong

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    Clock Constantly Wrong


    So I am having a weird issue with the time on my computer, I have years of experience with computers and have never experienced this. I am running Windows 8 Professional, the full version. I built a brand new computer 3 weeks ago, and this started happening about 3 days ago. Everytime I come back to my computer the time is off by a few hours... Even if the computer is on the entire day, the time still changes, even when im on it. I have tried to google and have found no solutions. I see that a dead cmos battery could be the problem, but I don't think it is the problem because the clock changes even when the computer is on. If im understanding properly, the battery holds the time when the computer is off, so if this was my issue, the time would always be right when im on the computer. Also the motherboard is brand new, as ive stated , i just built this computer.. I have no idea what is causing my time to constantly change so any help fixing this would be great.... My time zone is set properly, as well as my daylight saving times settings.. I am wondering if this is a bug with windows 8 or what... Thank you in advance for anyone who can help!!

    Also I am new here so sorry if this is in the wrong place.

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    Windows 8 RTM (Retinas taking damage...)


    Did you correctly set your timezone? From what I know, windows automatically checks with MS servers to set the clock, so if you accidentally set the incorrect timezone, then your clock will constantly be set a few hours off.
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    Its set as Eastern Time (US & Canada) which is what time zone i am in...
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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Check to make sure you are sync'ing your clock to an internet time server, if you aren't then the OS will sync to the hardware clock. If your battery is faulty your hardware clock will lose time and your OS will sync to incorrect time.
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    win 7, 8.1, Ubuntu

    Internet clock problem


    I had a problem with the clock constantly being exactly 6 hrs. fast. I kept resetting it and it kept going back. So I finally found the Internet time tab in time settings and changed the server from time.windows.com to nist and tried that. At next boot it was 6 hrs. fast again so I shut off synchronizing with internet server and the time is staying properly set so far.
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    Posts : 49
    win 7, 8.1, Ubuntu


    OK shutting off internet time didn't work. It's back to 6 hours ahead again. BTW my time zone is set right, also this computer also has Windows 7 & Ubuntu and they don't have problem keeping the proper time. ?
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  7. #7


    Texas
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by corax View Post
    OK shutting off internet time didn't work. It's back to 6 hours ahead again. BTW my time zone is set right, also this computer also has Windows 7 & Ubuntu and they don't have problem keeping the proper time. ?
    Well, Conner, since you say that Win 7 & Ubuntu don't have a problem keeping the correct time, I'm not sure my suggestion will help, but I'll throw it out there anyway.

    It could be that your CMOS battery is going out and Windows 8 may be more sensitive to a dying battery that the "older" operating systems. Stranger things have happened with a new mobo.

    Now, if you decide to change out the CMOS battery, you must first go into your BIOS (prolly even if they're UEFI) and write down every setting, because it's very possible that your settings will be lost.

    I'm not advocating that you try to change the battery, but it does seem you're pretty well versed in building systems, so you probably have the know-how to do it.
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    win 7, 8.1, Ubuntu


    I'm not Conner, I guess I took over his thread,

    But I was looking for an answer for my problem and stumbled across this which was the closest thing I could find.

    Anyhow, you may be right about the battery but in my experience if the battery gets weak or totally goes the system loses time and reads slow or gets knocked right back to Jan 1 1980 or whatever. In this case the time goes ahead exactly by 6 hours whether it is set by internet or manually which tells me the right system time is detected and then added to for some strange reason.
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    USA, CA
    Posts : 191
    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    sounds like its timezone tables are all screwed up. that's so odd is it using gov servers for time or the Microsoft one? its probably no the cmos since your other os's keep track of the time. you could try resetting your bios to defaults and see if fixes the internal clock, is your bios uefi?
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    Posts : 49
    win 7, 8.1, Ubuntu


    Quote Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
    sounds like its timezone tables are all screwed up. that's so odd is it using gov servers for time or the Microsoft one? its probably no the cmos since your other os's keep track of the time. you could try resetting your bios to defaults and see if fixes the internal clock, is your bios uefi?
    Well since this computer is multiboot Win 8.1, Win 7, & Ubuntu, and Win 7 and Ubuntu both have the right time I don't think the problem is fixable in the bios.
    As for if it's UEFI or not I've been searching HP and other websites and I can't find a definitive answer on that. It seems to be HP's earliest version UEFI or maybe Extensible EFI?
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