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Old 08-05-2008, 06:02 PM   #1
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Why does Fedora mess up my computer time?

This happened second time in a row (Dell E1505). When installing FC9, installer showed a wrong time (for my time zone), so I adjusted. And it seems to have changed bios settings such that when I am in Windows (I dual boot) the system time is messed up. Not sure why.

Just wanted to bring it to your attention.
Old 08-05-2008, 07:10 PM   #2
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Linux and UNIX operating systems have two possible settings for the hardware clock. One setting expects the hardware clock to be set to UTC. The other expects the hardware clock to be set to your local time. I believe that Windows always expects your hardware clock to be set to your local time. Therefore I am going to guess that FC thinks your hardware clock is set to UTC and it makes appropriate adjustments when displaying the actual time. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to persuade FC that your hardware clock is set to local time. I don't know how to do this.
Old 08-05-2008, 07:20 PM   #3
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I assume you mean Fedora (it hasn't been Fedora Core since FC6)?

Does your problem sound like UTC as stress_junkie suggests? If so, this is an option you would normally select during intallation on the same screen that asks your timezone (it's called "system clock uses UTC" or someting along those lines.

Do you have a file "/etc/sysconfig/clock" (sorry, but I don't have Fedora running at present)? If so, you should be able to add a lint


or change it from true to false

You can change your timezone there too if it's wrong
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The simple workaround is to set your timezone in Fedora to UTC.
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No, on the contrary, UTC should be disabled since Windows uses local time.
Old 08-06-2008, 01:56 AM   #6
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Either I am retarded, or FC9 is.
I am now in FC9, and there is simply no way to change time (within GUI). In that, I right click on time icon and select 'adjust date and time' which brings up a little dialog box with 'time settings'. So I change the time to reflect correct time, but only options in that dialog are 'cancel' and 'set system time' whatever that means. But in spite of clicking 'set system time' nothing changes. That sucks.
I've had my share of time problems with FC8 before, but I think this is just the continuation.

PS: And I have no clue why the time applet wants to tell me about my local weather and temperature. I really don't care, except the time.

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Old 08-06-2008, 02:49 AM   #7
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Assuming gnome and that it has not moved since F8. System->Administration->Date & Time, Time zone tab, uncheck system uses UTC. Then set the time accordingly.


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