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Old 07-09-2005, 10:58 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2003
Distribution: Debian Testing
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Clock continually running too fast

Here's a problem I've been fighting for at least a year now: my computer clock is too fast. After about a day, it ends up being as much as 10 or 15 minutes ahead.

I have NTP installed (Debian packages ntp-simple and ntp), but it doesn't seem to do any good. I know that the NTP process is running, and lots of stuff is being put into /var/log/ntpstats (not that I understand any of it).

I've also been trying to figure out how hwclock works. Running hwclock --show tells me that my hardware clock is also running too fast (if I understand how that works). I also found some threads on here about deleting the drift file, and I think I followed the instructions correctly, but that didn't help. If I'm reading the man page right, the hwclock drift stuff is for when your system clock drifts away from your hard ware clock, and that doesn't seem to be my problem.

Just in case it helps, here is my ntp.conf (comments and whitespace stripped; largely defaults from Debian):
driftfile /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift
statsdir /var/log/ntpstats/
statistics loopstats peerstats clockstats
filegen loopstats file loopstats type day enable
filegen peerstats file peerstats type day enable
filegen clockstats file clockstats type day enable
fudge stratum 13
restrict default kod notrap nomodify nopeer noquery
restrict nomodify
Any suggestions?
Old 07-09-2005, 12:13 PM   #2
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Maybe the battery on your motherboard is flat. When was the last time you replaced it?
Old 07-09-2005, 01:22 PM   #3
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Originally posted by linmith
Maybe the battery on your motherboard is flat. When was the last time you replaced it?
I've never replaced the battery, but it's only a few years old. I also thought that the battery was not in use while the computer was running.


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