posted on Jan, 13 2008 @ 03:22 PM
(If this is not in the right forum, please move the post.)
I would like to know what factors can affect a computer (ordinary PC) clock.
Here's the thing: some ten days ago, I noticed that the clock on my PC (three years old, Win XP, 2.00 GHz, 786 RAM, no noticeable malfunction) had
somehow gone 10 minutes "ahead".
I noticed it because all the news broadcasts I watch - BBC, CNN, SKY etc. (their timing is more or less "synchronised", of course) - seemed to
suddenly start ten minutes "late" compared to my PC clock. I made it a point of monitoring this discrepancy for an entire day: sure enough, my PC
really was 10 minutes "ahead".
And that's not all: a day or two after I had noticed this (I did NOT reset the settings after noticing it, because I was curious about this and
didn't want to change anything until I had figured out what had happened), the clock went back to the same accurate time-keeping that it had before.
(Again, I noticed it by comparing the time with the start of the news broadcasts mentioned above: now they were starting "on time".)
Now, anyone using a PC will know that it is virtually impossible to reset the clock "by accident". It simply cannot be done. (Even if you were to
tinker with the clock settings - which I did NOT do - you would still have to "confirm" it for the new setting to take effect.)
As I said, I never touched the clock settings. I am the only person with access to this PC. I haven't had any malfunction, certainly not noticeable.
The RAM is more than enough for my usage. No virus or other malware has ever been found in my PC. (I have three protection programs installed and run
them simultaneously, but occasionally also run the PC Pitstop full test, House Call and certain other scanners, just in case.) I always turn the PC
off when I am not working. There were no power outages in the period described.
Does anyone have any idea of what could have caused this?
[edit on 13-1-2008 by Vanitas]