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Windows 7 time keeps falling behind.

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August 14, 2014 9:20:25 AM

I built this computer 1 year ago, and the time Windows 7 time was fine until recently. I figured it was my CMOS battery dying so I replaced it a few days ago. The time was correct for a week or so and now its falling behind again. I made sure the Bios time was correct, but still my Windows 7 time is falling behind. I have tried both enabling synchronizing internet server for the time and disabling it and still no luck. What the heck is going on?

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August 14, 2014 9:42:38 AM

Open the clock; select change date and time settings; select the Internet Time tab; Change Settings; Check the Synchronize box and select a server (I use time.nist.gov) and Ok your way out. If you are not in the USA then select a server for your country or region. Nist.gov pulls time updates and settings from the National Institute of Standards btw.
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August 14, 2014 11:13:18 AM

Dogsnake said:
Open the clock; select change date and time settings; select the Internet Time tab; Change Settings; Check the Synchronize box and select a server (I use time.nist.gov) and Ok your way out. If you are not in the USA then select a server for your country or region. Nist.gov pulls time updates and settings from the National Institute of Standards btw.


Like I said, I've tried this and it will give me the correct time, but after a while the time will fall behind again.
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August 14, 2014 1:26:26 PM

What time server are you using?
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August 14, 2014 2:41:00 PM

Dogsnake said:
What time server are you using?


I have tried all the servers. When I use the the server it synchs to the time correctly, but after a while the time falls back.
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August 14, 2014 4:37:41 PM

Ok here are two possibilities; First have you tried setting the time in the bios? and second is if you are connected via router (separate from the ISP provided modem) to the internet, check the router settings to insure the correct time and date are entered. If the OS syncs. but then errs it is because the OS is getting erroneous information. When it falls back does it stay at that incorrect time interval or keeps loosing time at some rate. My bet is it sets back and stays "X" minutes off from the correct time. If this is correct then very likely the router clock is incorrect and the OS is syncing to the router.
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August 14, 2014 7:07:26 PM

Dogsnake said:
Ok here are two possibilities; First have you tried setting the time in the bios? and second is if you are connected via router (separate from the ISP provided modem) to the internet, check the router settings to insure the correct time and date are entered. If the OS syncs. but then errs it is because the OS is getting erroneous information. When it falls back does it stay at that incorrect time interval or keeps loosing time at some rate. My bet is it sets back and stays "X" minutes off from the correct time. If this is correct then very likely the router clock is incorrect and the OS is syncing to the router.


Yes I have tried setting the date and time on the BIOS already. I went on my router and couldn't find the date/time, but I saw a time zone setting, and put it to the correct time zone. Waiting to see the results...
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August 15, 2014 6:37:34 AM

What router brand and model? It is surprising there is no setting.
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August 15, 2014 7:14:21 AM

Dogsnake said:
What router brand and model? It is surprising there is no setting.


Linkseys N750 is my router, I did some research and apparently you can only set the time zone. Anyway before turning off my computer yesterday I made sure the time was correct on my Bios, and when I woke up today the first thing I did was check the time on my Bios and it was the same time from last night. Is there a problem with my motherboard clock then? Also I noticed when I synch the time to a server, the time stays correct for about 40 minutes.
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August 15, 2014 7:28:38 AM

Are you saying the bios clock did not change or that it was the correct time in the morning? How does it change? Does it read earlier or later? If at first error it is (ie.) 10 minutes behind does it stay 10 minutes off or become 20 minutes behind after another interval?
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a b V Motherboard
a b $ Windows 7
August 15, 2014 7:40:57 AM

Did some research and here is an odd fix that may work.
In this order: Uninstalled Adobe Reader; Changed the Time Zone on the clock to anything other than the correct one for your location; Then re-booted the system; When it comes back up, re-set the clock to the correct Time Zone; Then re-installed (directly from a new, free download) the latest version of Adobe Reader; Re-boot.
Seems a number pf people have an Adobe provided conflict?
Also try a bios reset: Unplug the system from the wall, remove the bios battery, wait about 30 min. Replace the battery, plug in and start up. After booting to windows try resetting the time.
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August 15, 2014 2:47:54 PM

Dogsnake said:
Did some research and here is an odd fix that may work.
In this order: Uninstalled Adobe Reader; Changed the Time Zone on the clock to anything other than the correct one for your location; Then re-booted the system; When it comes back up, re-set the clock to the correct Time Zone; Then re-installed (directly from a new, free download) the latest version of Adobe Reader; Re-boot.
Seems a number pf people have an Adobe provided conflict?
Also try a bios reset: Unplug the system from the wall, remove the bios battery, wait about 30 min. Replace the battery, plug in and start up. After booting to windows try resetting the time.


Trying everything you said here, I'll tell you how it goes.

edit1: The time has been correct for a few hours now. I replaced the CMOS battery again, and did the adobe reader thing. Last time I changed the CMOS battery the time started screwing up a week later, so I'm going to give it a while and see how things go. Thanks for the help so far.
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August 18, 2014 12:34:51 PM

Dogsnake said:
Did some research and here is an odd fix that may work.
In this order: Uninstalled Adobe Reader; Changed the Time Zone on the clock to anything other than the correct one for your location; Then re-booted the system; When it comes back up, re-set the clock to the correct Time Zone; Then re-installed (directly from a new, free download) the latest version of Adobe Reader; Re-boot.
Seems a number pf people have an Adobe provided conflict?
Also try a bios reset: Unplug the system from the wall, remove the bios battery, wait about 30 min. Replace the battery, plug in and start up. After booting to windows try resetting the time.


seems to be good for now, if it messes up again I'll PM you.
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