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Old 03-20-2007, 07:45 PM   #1
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Debian Etch i386 not keeping time

Hi. I'm a recent convert to Debian from Slackware. I must say, I'm very happy with the system so far.

The problem is that the time on my Etch i386 system is off by 5 hours exactly. It shows my time 5 hours earlier than it actually is, to be exact. I have the time zone set right, clock set to localtime, BIOS time is right...all that adds up, but the time doesn't.

I'm running Etch on a Dell XPS 710, with BIOS revision 1.3.3. I mention this because I had read someplace that the newest kernels weren't getting along with the Dell BIOS so well. But, I haven't seen anymore on this one way or another.

Any ideas?


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Old 03-20-2007, 08:10 PM   #2
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Are both the BIOS and system time set to local time?
Old 03-20-2007, 08:11 PM   #3
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Have you got ntp installed and running? If not that should sort the time out, if you have

Old 03-20-2007, 08:21 PM   #4
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Yes, BIOS and system are both set to local time.

ntpd did the trick. I was hoping to figure out what the problem was without running another daemon, but I'll have to go this route for now, at least until I figure out if there's a problem with my BIOS and the latest kernels.

Thanks for the help all,


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