Strange macbook time issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by giah, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. giah macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2007
    I;m getting a very strange time display from my macbook. Every now and then, the time is just way off. Like right now it is 23:34 (23rd of march)but a few minutes ago, it was displaying 0:28 (24th of march). Anyone else have had this? I have no idea what causes this...It happens every now and then so I don't know what is the cause.
  2. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    First off, make sure you MacBook is up-to-date with Software Update...if you are in the US, make sure you got the Daylight Savings Time update.

    Then, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Date & Time and make sure all the settings are correct there as far as how you want to set the time (automatically or manually) and the time zone, etc. If it continues to be a problem, try setting it to only adjust the time manually and see if the problem persists.
  3. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    ya mine does that too

    I downloaded all the updates too

    I think it's because it's trying to sync with bootcamp, and bootcamp keeps the wrong time on my machine.

    so when I boot into XP, it tells OS X the wrong time.

    not sure what to do bout that either...

    all i do is click on the time in os x, and the pref pane pops up, but as soon as it pops up, it just "fixes" itself and goes to the right time....odd
  4. giah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2007
    yeah it could be bootcamp. I read that somewhere else as well. Mine however, doesn't fix itself when you open the preference pane....well..guess I just shouldn't use XP too much. I normally don't use it anyway
  5. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    And again we see that M$ is the source of all computer misconduct! ( I'm kidding, don't get your bloomers in bunch M$ Fanbois!)
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Yes, you'll see problems when switching between Windows and OS X because Windows uses local time while OS X uses UTC.
  7. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    More info about this issue:

    The author had predicted such problems years ago. (He was probably thinking about Windows-Linux dual boot systems.) It is a yet-to-be-fixed bug with Windows:

    It goes to show how "diligent" Microsoft is about real server issues. I think the recent meeting scheduling problems that happened around the new DST switch-over at our company were related.

    BTW, here is an idea about how to work around this problem:

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