Tempus fugit

A wall clock
Time flies by when I’m the driver of an Nvidia2 chipset…

Grrr…! (That’s an indication that I’m slightly irritated, and not my name — Jane and her family call me “Grrr” — with three Rs, if you please.) My PC clock is running fast again.

Although, oddly, not all the time. Sometimes it will gain 8-10 seconds every minute, then I’ll reboot and it’s fine. I’ve had this problem before, and as far as I can recall I had to do a full Windows reinstallation to fix it.

I ran Windows’ System File Checker (sfc /scannow) which restored a few DLLs. But that didn’t fix the problem.

I suspect that it has something to do with my chipset drivers (the software that makes my motherboard work properly with Windows XP) but I have the latest ones installed … so I went to the land of the Internet forums and user groups and investigated.

After much searching on Google I discovered this thread on the Nvidia HQ forum which suggests that the problem may have something to do with the NForce2 chipset (Tom’s Hardware explains it nicely: if the CPU (processor) is the brain of the PC system, then the chipset is its heart).

One suggestion was to disable APIC in my BIOS but my PC wouldn’t even boot up after that, so I restored it. (For Dummies translation: One suggestion was to change a setting on the computer’s secret settings panel, but it didn’t work.)

I tried reinstalling the chipset drivers for my system … but because I was lazy I didn’t uninstall the old ones first and tried to install them over-the-top of the current installation. I got as far as installing the audio drivers when the screen clicked off as the system was involuntarily rebooting itself. Anyway, it seems to have done the trick. Or at least, my system clock is working fine now.

Or it could have something to do with my having modified the Internet Time Synchronization settings in the Registry.

But I think it’s the drivers.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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