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    Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    This seems like such a minor question I hesitate to post it. But then I wonder if it foretells other issues in the wings..! I noticed that this PC was several minutes off of the correct time so I clicked on the clock, went to Internet Time and tried to synch. It does not synch. The utility yields the usual issue regarding an error in the attempt. I tried turning off all firewalls, still no synch. My laptop which goes through the same router synchs perfectly. I notice also that the laptop has several servers in the list to synch with while this desktop has only 2: the Windows Time and the NIST.GOV.

    Time stamps are important for this PC and I can certainly manually set the time. I've become used to the automatic time update in XP. I'm wondering if there is a way to repair whatever file does this without having to go through the standard windows repair with subsequent Hot Fix updates etc.

    Thanks a lot for any thoughts on this little issue.

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    I'm gonna give you the quick answer: get another time synch program - there are lots available. Here's mine, recommended several years ago by a fellow Lounger: AboutTime Home Page. It's free, a little old, but it works VERY WELL in WinXP so my clock is never wrong.

    When I first installed XP back what, five years ago, I didn't like the built-in time synch because it wasn't run often enough and there was little to nothing you could do with it. I don't know what to tell you to look at if you really do want to fix it. I don't think I'd bother.

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    >> ...it wasn't run often enough and there was little to nothing you could do with it.

    Well, I did tell you how back in <post:=551,712>post 551,712</post:> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    Go ahead, rub it in! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Yeah, I had forgotten about that suggestion, but that was AFTER I'd been using AboutTime for four years, so I kinda didn't pay attention to it. Sorry...

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    Thanks, Al. I'll give it a look. The real concern I have, though, is if there is "creeping corruption" coming into the system. This PC is so busy with my business that I usually rebuild the OS by formatting the HD and reinstalling everything every year or so. It just seem odd that the time synch would just quit.

    I'll check out About Time anyway.

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    Take a look at this Microsoft KB article: How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows XP. I've seen both Windows Time and NIST.gov just not work for no apparent reason. I've also seen other time sources appear to stop working for no reason.

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    If you're looking for a scheduleable BATch file solution (and who wouldn't be?!) I have found that the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> CMDTIME (near the bottom of the page) works very well, and you can have the fun of searching the internet for network time servers supporting SNTP which are adjacent to your location (to reduce the latency, of course, and get that almost absolute accuracy that some people crave!).

    This is my TIMEADJ.BAT from about a year ago, with lots of UK time servers at the bottom which could be brought into play if I required:<pre>:: note: can use NET TIME /SETSNTP:<NTPservername> but no stats!

    :: sync can be followed by 10 or fewer NTP time servers
    cmdtime3 /t sync uk.pool.ntp.org | findstr /c:" : " >> %~n0.log
    echo/>> %~n0.log
    list %~n0.log
    exit
    goto :eof

    :: other UK NTP time servers

    :: NTP Pool Time servers (for UK)
    :: uk.pool.ntp.org

    :: Stratum 1 (Primary) (don't seem to work)
    :: chronos.csr.net
    :: ntp.my-inbox.co.uk

    :: Stratum 2 (Secondary)
    cmdtime3 /t sync ntp0.liv.ac.uk ntp1.liv.ac.uk ntp2.liv.ac.uk
    cmdtime3 /t sync ntp2a.mcc.ac.uk ntp2b.mcc.ac.uk ntp2c.mcc.ac.uk ntp2d.mcc.ac.uk
    cmdtime3 /t sync ntp.cis.strath.ac.uk ntp.cs.strath.ac.uk
    cmdtime3 /t sync ntp0.uk.uu.net ntp1.uk.uu.net ntp2.uk.uu.net
    cmdtime3 /t sync audaxsystems.co.uk
    cmdtime3 /t sync ntp.exnet.com
    cmdtime3 /t sync ntp1.pipex.net
    cmdtime3 /t sync ntp0.sandvika.net ntp1.sandvika.net</pre>

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    If your computer and your laptop are on the same network (you can "see" laptop files on computer's Windows Explorer), you can synchronize time settings on both machines.
    Click Start > Run and type

    net time Laptopname /set /yes

    in the Run box, where Laptopname is a computer name of your laptop. Click OK or press Enter.
    You can run this command in Command Prompt window; in this case you can see the result message.

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    Thanks, Joe. I went through that article; very useful stuff. Good recommendation!

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    Re: Time Internet Sych (WinXP SP2)

    Thanks, John. That looks very interesting and fun to play with. I'll give it a spin!

    I really appreciate your putting this up.

    ---Bob
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