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    System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    I have been noticing a rather strange occurance with my System Clock Date.

    Every once in a while at random intervals, my system DATE advances by one day. The time stays in proper sync but the date jumps ahead. I reset the date with a click on the clock icon in the tray and all is well for another few days or weeks.

    I have run all virus checks with NAV and am up to date with the definitions. I have run AdAware and Spybot without coming up with anything.
    I have checked and replaced the MB battery and the contacts of the battery holder OK. No evidence of a HiJack.
    No other apparent problems. All things running fine.

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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Hi Bob,
    What's the age of the PC? What brand? Could it be a power supply problem?

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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Hi Joe,
    The PC is a home brew with Gigabyte 81DX MB, 512 RAM, The PS is a 600 watt, dual fan, well regulated. Voltages measure + or - only half volt, both voltages. Only about a year old.
    Internal cooling is controlled by seven ( 7 ) fans, all running. That includes the PS fans. Internal temps running about 37C.

    Edited to add: CPU is Pentium P4, 2.4 gig.
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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    HI again Bob,
    Is your BIOS up-to-date?

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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    This could happen if there is a problem with your regional settings when you synchronise with a time server on the net. (although I would expect a few hours offset rather than a whole day)/

    Double click the clock in your system tray and have a look at the "Internet Time" tab. This will tell you what time server you are using and the date and time of the previous and next synchronisation.

    Then have a look at your regional settings and make sure that this is set correctly for your time zone etc.

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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Joe,

    Yes, the BIOS is the latest and greatest Award, V. f10, from Gigabyte.
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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Hi Stuart,

    Yes, It seems to be ALWAYS ( when it does bump ) one full day ahead, with the time right on the nose.

    Checked the time server it's using the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. Also in my same time zone.
    Regional settings are fine, US East.
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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Is there any correlation between when it does the time synch and when the date goes wrong?

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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    I don't think so, Stuart.
    In fact, I took the time sync off auto and have been only doing a manual sync, but haven't been able to see any connection there.
    If there were more of a pattern to the change, there might be a better chance of pinning it down. So far, no apparent pattern.
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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Bob,
    Have you installed anything new recently? Applied any patches? Can you do a System Restore? Almost seems as though something thinks you've crossed the international date line <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Joe,

    I'm ALWAYS installing something new. Patches ( MS ) are up to date, but haven't installed any other app patches that I can think of.
    System Restore doesn't go back far enough to do any good .

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    Which brings me to another point that perhaps should be in a new thread.
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    There is a limitation in the size of the stored restore points for each HD. Settings can only go to MAX on the slider.

    Does anyone know of a way to enlarge the amount of the the storage of restore points?
    I have plenty of HD space and it might be handy to have the dates go back further in time than the present space. <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>
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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Bob,
    Can you systematically uninstall any of the newer programs to see if any of them are the culprit? Do you have any program that displays an alternate clock? Many times there'll be an option to auto update your system clock. As far as system restore size goes, it must be a registry entry. Do you have a tool like sysinternals regmon? If so, you could change the slider and see what keys get modified. Then you could try and change the value manually to something really large.

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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Hi Joe,
    I would rather not go through the uninstalls bit unless my back was up against the wall with a real rouge problem. This happens in such a random and unpredictable manner that I would have to leave some things disabled for some time. There has to be a quicker way to pin this down.

    So far as Regmon, that sounds like a GREAT idea and well worth the try. I have downloaded it from Sysinternals and will post back hopefully with positive results. Thanks, Joe.
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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks to you, I have found the answer to adjusting the size of the System Restore disk space useage.

    I DL the Regmon utility and started to play around with the settings to see the registry changes being made in real time. <big>Neat</big> !
    The only thing I wasn't really able to see was the particular changes being made as I adjusted the system restore space. There was a lot of ACTION going on in the reg and the changes scrolled past fairly rapidly.

    HOWEVER, I did stumble on a mention to System Restore on the listing. I double clicked on it and Regmon brings you right to that point in the reg automatically. LO and behold, there was a value that mentioned "disk percentage 12". Since 12% is the default size in XP, I felt sure this was it. So I edited the value to 15% just to see what would happen. ReBooted and looked at the System Restore settings size. There it was with the slider still at 12%, BUT now the max on the slider went to 15%. <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>

    I went back to Regedit and changed the value to 25%. Now I can experiment with different percentages to see what they mean in extended restore times. <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

    The key involved is:

    <big>HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsNTCurrentVersionS ystem Restore</big>

    The value is "disk percentage"

    I do think I have to master Regmon a little better to use it to it's full capabilities though.

    Now if I can only find out what is moving the International Dateline on me, I'll be all set.
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    Re: System Clock (XP-Home SP1)

    Just a follow up on that time thing. Since the last post on it, I haven't yet seen any mysterious changing of the calendar page. No idea what it was but will keep an eye on it and report anything new.
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