OT: Re: Computer loosing time

Rashkae ubuntu at tigershaunt.com
Thu May 15 21:22:49 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:


> Time on the desktops are configured for ntp via pool.ntp.org servers, on
> the laptop with the dead CMOS it has not been configured and is at it's
> default (manual). However, I seem to recall that at boot, the laptop
> does go out to get it's initial time from the Canonical ntp server even
> if ntp is not installed.

I think you misunderstand my concern (which, really, has nothing to do
with Ubuntu, sorry for abusing the list such)

My CMOS clock and battery are both perfectly fine.  It's the system time
when the computer is on and running that slips.

It is my understanding that the OS keeps track of time itself through
whatever computers use as a timing method now.  I really couldn't care
less if the time is correct to the second.  My concern is, if the system
can't even keep track of seconds in an hour, how many other processes
that rely on timing mechanisms are going to get messed up?

Unfortunately, (and you won't see me admit this often) I don't know
enough about PC hardware to tell you what exactly is responsible for the
time.. some kind of chip that generates interrupts at a given rate?  Is
this something specific to the Motherboard or CPU?

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