[ntp:questions] Re: Windows won't settle

David Rush david at rushtone.com
Thu Apr 20 16:56:17 UTC 2006

After watching the time vary wildly (by as much as 20 seconds - and +) 
over the past day, I've disabled Windows time service and installed NTP 
(per previous suggestion, downloaded from 
http://www.meinberg.de/english/sw/ntp.htm ) on machine 2. It's been 
running for about 3 hours so far, and it's stayed within 100 ms. I'll 
keep my fingers crossed.  It has slowly drifted from -2 ms right after 
starting NTP up to -69 ms now.

Machine 1 is still running Windows time service (Microsoft's 
questionable implementation of SNTP), and is performing quite well right 
now.  Maximum error is about 60 ms over the past few hours, much of the 
time near or below 10 ms.

Thanks for you folks' help.


David J Taylor wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
> []
>> Windows is simply not very good about keeping time!  It can lose clock
>> interrupts when busy.  Starting and stopping the multimedia timers can
>> mess up the clock.
>> W32TIME is an implementation of SNTP rather than NTP.  It's not even a
>> very good implementation of SNTP. You may get better results with NTP.
>> Then again, Windows being Windows, you may not.
> For an example of what Windows can do when running a recent version of NTP 
> (which takes the multi-media clock behaviour into account) and syncing to 
> a local stratum one FreeBSD server (top graph), please see:
>   http://www.david-taylor.myby.co.uk/mrtg/daily_ntp.html
> W32time, at least in its older incarnations was not good, but for many 
> purposes today time-keeping in Windows using NTP is quite adequate.
> David 
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