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How do I fix the time thing? [Mar. 15th, 2009|02:04 pm]
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I thought I fixed the date/time function on this machine a week ago, when DST hit.  This machine did not automatically update.  I can't swear to that, though.

Then today, I installed the personal clock program.  My computer's displayed time is an hour behind "real" time.   The personal clock program correctly indicated the time for this zone (nearest large city).  However, when I tried to change the time displayed on the computer (that little thing in the lower right corner of the task bar in Windows machines) it's still wrong.   When I change it, the personal clock program ramps up an hour and then it's wrong.

Faint screams waft through my head.

It's !**! Central Daylight Savings.   Why can't they both get it straight?



[User Picture]From: fabozz
2009-03-15 08:40 pm (UTC)
"It's !**! Central Daylight Savings. Why can't they both get it straight?"

Odds are good either the program or your copy of Windows isn't aware of the 2007 law that moved DST up to the second Sunday in March from the first Sunday in April. As an experiment, you could change your date forward to mid-April; if the times suddenly match up, then that's the problem, and you should be able to download a patch to fix it.

The only thing dumber than DST, of course, is changing the DST rules and thereby breaking millions of clocks and programs. But, that's Congress for you.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-15 08:51 pm (UTC)
I believe I have mentioned before my extreme loathing of Daylight Savings Time (a week later and I'm still having trouble adjusting to the time change.)

Hate it, hate it, hate it.

BANISH. (Alas, I have no magical powers whatsoever...)
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-03-16 10:23 am (UTC)
To give you a scientific argument to hate daylight savings time, check out Janszky I, Ljung R. "Shifts to and from daylight saving time and incidence of myocardial infarction." New England Journal of Medicine, 2008 Oct 30;359(18):1966-8.
In short, myocardial infarctions increase with 5% when we lose an hour and decrease a fraction of that when we get the hour back.

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[User Picture]From: green_knight
2009-03-15 09:44 pm (UTC)
This is just a wild guess - I don't have Windows - but is there an option to tell your computer to *not* automatically update the time?

For reasons of punctuality, all my clocks are seven minutes fast, so I go and hunt down each and any automatic resetting to 'correct' time.

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[User Picture]From: sablia
2009-03-15 11:46 pm (UTC)
Move to Arizona-- no DST =]
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-16 03:50 am (UTC)
Not unless I can pick up the 80 acres and bring it with me.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2009-03-16 01:10 am (UTC)
If you are running Win2k, you have to manually install a patch to get the DST rules right. Ditto for ME & 98.

If you are running XP or Vista, it should be getting it right unless there's an OS patch that didn't "take".

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-16 03:50 am (UTC)
That could be it...couldn't do the most recent update of XP, because of weirdness--it locked up everything, probably because of this particular machine's history (long and complicated.)

I'll live.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2009-03-16 06:48 am (UTC)
The update that fixed the DST rules was a year or so back.

The messed up updates can be usually fixed by selecting Windows update from the IE menus and trying to install updates one at a time. Any that don't take, you look up the patch (usually KBxxxx or some such) and you can usually find step by step instructions on how to get around things.
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[User Picture]From: dethstryke
2009-03-16 12:49 pm (UTC)
Here's the patch separated from the service pack (from what you've said, I'm going on the assumption that the "recent update" is service pack 3, which also includes it).

It doesn't hurt anything to just use this patch separately - there were many systems that couldn't have the Service packs installed but needed DST for obvious reasons.


It will require you to run a "genuine check", but then you can install the patch.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-16 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The day has filled up with stuff to do, but I will try this when there's a hole in the schedule.

Yeah, I think it was service pack 3 that locked up the whole system...the laptop had no problem with it, but this machine went bonkers.
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[User Picture]From: dethstryke
2009-03-16 07:28 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!

Incidently, the genuine check is for being allowed to download it only. You can use your internet machine to verify and download, put the file on a thumb drive or CD and run on whatever machine(s) you need to be updated. The file works independant of the genuine verification process.

I've kind of lost track as to which one of your machines is connected and which is not. Figured it was a good note to add just in case. ;)
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