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How can I fix a slow clock?

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Mint 19 with Cinnamon.

The clock on my computer is running about 5 min slower than what time various sites found through Google states the time as being.

How can I fix this?
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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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tinker123 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:47 pm
How can I fix this?
Replace the CMOS battery.
It's pronounced kad-eye-cha, not kada-itcha.

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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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Kadaitcha Man wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:30 pm
tinker123 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:47 pm
How can I fix this?
Replace the CMOS battery.
I'm not using a laptop. I'm using a PC
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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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tinker123 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:41 pm
Kadaitcha Man wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:30 pm
tinker123 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:47 pm
How can I fix this?
Replace the CMOS battery.
I'm not using a laptop. I'm using a PC
Replace the CMOS battery.

Rinse and repeat.
It's pronounced kad-eye-cha, not kada-itcha.

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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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as well as changing that CMOS battery - - you can also check the the Internet Time is Installed:
https://vitux.com/how-to-install-ntp-se ... on-ubuntu/

you can also observe this function, to see if it is working, as the NTP protocol should correct,
the Time that is being displayed .. within a few minutes, of the LinuxMint System being started up.
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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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tinker123 wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:47 pm
The clock on my computer is running about 5 min slower than what time various sites found through Google states the time as being.
Set it to the correct time.
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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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If the clock constantly loses time, then it is likely to be the CMOS battery.
If its just 5 minutes slow, then correct the time.

If the former:
Unfortunately, not all CMOS batteries are easily accessible in laptops.
You'll have to have a look in the manual and see if it included in the maintenance section. If it isn't, then time to back everything up - then play doctors and nurses with a little screwdriver and a few bits of sticky tape/little pot so you don't lose the tiny screws and take pics a. Or take it to someone you trust to do it.

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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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gittiest personITW wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:37 am
If the clock constantly loses time, then it is likely to be the CMOS battery.
If its just 5 minutes slow, then correct the time.

If the former:
Unfortunately, not all CMOS batteries are easily accessible in laptops.
You'll have to have a look in the manual and see if it included in the maintenance section. If it isn't, then time to back everything up - then play doctors and nurses with a little screwdriver and a few bits of sticky tape/little pot so you don't lose the tiny screws and take pics a. Or take it to someone you trust to do it.
It's not a laptop. viewtopic.php?p=1822709#p1822709
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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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Pierre wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:28 am
as well as changing that CMOS battery - - you can also check the the Internet Time is Installed:
https://vitux.com/how-to-install-ntp-se ... on-ubuntu/
I have rdate installed, is that enough?
rdate displays and sets the local date and time from the host name
or address given as the argument. The time source may be an RFC 868
TCP protocol server, which is usually implemented as a built-in
service of inetd(8), or an RFC 2030 protocol SNTP/NTP server. By
default, rdate uses the RFC 868 TCP protocol.
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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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it should be .. but, do watch what the Clock on the Taskbar .. is doing.

IE: on this Laptop, the Time will correct itself, after just a few minutes, of being on-line,
- - It's suspended overnight, & when it's first turned-on, it's still displaying the Time from last night,
which it will then correct, after a few minutes.
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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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Wow, I learned a lot in this thread, thanks for the responses.

I settled for simply resetting the time

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# sudo date +%T -s "10:13:13"
So far the clock on my computer hasn't slowed back down.

If it does I will try some of the other solutions.
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Re: How can I fix a slow clock?

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Desktops have batteries too. How do you think the clock keeps up when you shut the computer down (or unplug it for a while)? :roll:

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