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Old 06-15-2009, 10:50 PM   #1
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Unable to change/set time


I have a dual boot XP and Fedora 10 and there are 2 problems that occurred which I think is due to the time setting. Can someone help me?
1) Fedora time is usually ahead of my current location setting. I have tried to set the time from system>administration>Date and Time setting but each time whenever I boot up, the time will be off again. This affected my XP time stamp as well. I am not sure why this happened
2) After I change the time setting, whenever I reboot my laptop, it will run a pre-boot testing to test out the hardware, memory etc. I suspect this has something to do with the time setting.
Can someone please help me?
Thank you.
Old 06-16-2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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This is a common problem when dual booting with Windows.
Windows wants the BIOS clock or system time to be in 'localtime' and linux is thinking it is in GMT/UTC and adjusting the clock to the system time in UTC + your timezone
To fix this you just need to edit
and change
UTC = true
UTC = false
I would:
  • boot to linux and make the above change (don't change any other time settings)
  • boot to the bios and make sure the clock is set to your localtime
  • boot to Windows and check the time is correct
  • reboot into linux and check clock is now correct
Old 06-17-2009, 09:29 PM   #3
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Tq for your help. It works fine after I disabled the UTC. Many thanks.


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