[ntp:questions] Re: Windows timekeeping - sudden degradation - why?

Martin Burnicki martin.burnicki at meinberg.de
Wed Dec 7 20:14:06 UTC 2005


David J Taylor wrote:
> I would try a different version of NTP, but this one has been working 100%
> correctly until 14:20 On Dec 02, and continues to work on the other
> systems.  You can see this from the weekly and monthly plots.  I used to
> have poor stability on this system until upgrading to Windows XP SP2, and
> others have seen a similar behaviour.  It is as if something undid
> whatever change SP2 made.

Maybe re-installing SP2 would fix the problem?
> It's possible that I did upgrade some software - many programs offer to do
> that for you on the fly - but I would have thought the system restore
> would have fixed that.  I also tried uninstalling QuickTime, as there is a
> suggestion that if the multi-media timer is enabled in Windows, that can
> cause these problems.  As yet, I haven't found out how to determine
> whether the multi-media timer is enabled, and if so, how to disable it.

Maybe there's a program which is run in cyclic intervals to check if new
updates are available? 

BTW, which version of ntpd have you been running before this happened?


Martin Burnicki

Meinberg Funkuhren
Bad Pyrmont

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