Time is constantly wrong in macbook

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  1. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm running into troubles either in windows or os x where the time is always 4 hours behind what it should be. I tried resetting the pram and it didn't help. Is there anything else I can do?
     
  2. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Set your clock to a time zone four hours ahead. :p

    Sorry, I know that's now really not much help. Other than resetting PRAM I can't think of any other way of fixing it. What are your clock preferences set as? Have you got them to to be set automatically?
     
  3. excalibur313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes in both windows and os x. I can get it to reset correctly sometimes by opening up the time page but it always reverts back.
     
  4. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Three questions about what you see in the Date & Time pane of Mac OS X System Preferences:

    1. In the Time Zone tab, is it set to Eastern Time?

    2. In the Date & Time tab, is "Set date & time automatically" checked?

    3. In the Date & Time tab, is the time shown also 4 hours off, as in your menu bar?
     
  5. azzurri000 macrumors 6502

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    I agree with Doctor Q, as I had that same problem before, and it was fixed after I made sure it was set to the right time zone.
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    The problem is caused by the fact that OS X, as a Unix, expects your system's internal clock to be set to GMT, whereas Windows expects local time. Being in NZ, it's a 12 hour difference for me. The easiest solution is to set both OSes to synch with a time server.
     
  7. excalibur313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys, thanks for the replies. I tried resetting the CMOS again and it seemed to work for a while but now it is still screwed up. The time zones on both OS's are set to Boston and they are both checked to automatically sync with the server. I'm able to get them to roll over to the correct time for a while by just opening up the time page but it always reverts back upon restart. I think that OS X sets the time to be a few hours behind while in windows it is a few ahead so it makes sense when you say that the defaults for both are different. It just doesn't make sense to me why it wouldn't work when I have the syncing enabled. When I originally go into the date and time page it shows the time wrong there too but then it fixes it after about 45 seconds of being on that page.
     
  8. ManchesterTrix macrumors 6502

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    In the registry set a dword entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation\RealTimeIsUniversal to 1
     
  9. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    This was mentioned on Apple's website somewhere about why the times keep getting thrown off. They'll automatically correct themselves after a minute, and Apple's I know syncs time a lot quicker than Windows. It's to be expected, so don't worry about it. The times will automatically correct themselves as long as you keep those settings

    1. Automatically sync to each time zone
     
  10. excalibur313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It won't correct itself unless I specifically open up the date and time panel. Otherwise it will not automatically correct itself.
     

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