[ntp:questions] Windows time question.

Rob nomail at example.com
Thu Apr 21 13:36:46 UTC 2011

DaveB <g8kbv at uko2.co.uk> wrote:
> In article <slrniqt8ck.do1.nomail at xs8.xs4all.nl>, nomail at example.com 
> says...
>> DaveB <g8kbv at uko2.co.uk> wrote:
>> > but as above, sometimes the pool server that responds seems to do 
>> > something odd, and kill (or seriously destabilize) W32Time as a result.
>> >
>> > At least, looking in the system error and info logs, after recovering 
>> > from a lockup, it's related to W32Time going bad, not long after first 
>> > boot of the day.
>> What do you mean with "a lockup"?
>> Is your entire machine locking up?  that is not normal.
>> Is the W32Time simply losing sync and declaring the timeserver as
>> unresponsive?  That is normal.  It is just the build quality of W32Time,
>> it seems you have to live with it.
>> (or install another time service when you don't like it)
> Morning.
> "Lockup" as in not even the mouse cursor moves, nor keyboard lights 
> follow the shift lock buttons etc.  Esentialy, something goes into a 
> tight closed loop so even the BIOS doesnt get a look in, while the cpu 
> cooler does a paint stripper impression!.
> I ran MEMTEST86 the other night, and Spinrite last night, neither found 
> any problems with the memory or disk systems.
> After a forced shutdown and cold boot (plus hot coffee while it sorts 
> itself out) if I look in the event logs, the last "event" is W32Time 
> error'ing for some reason.
> Yes, it is not normal!

I think it is most likely that W32Time is not the cause.
Probably something else is going haywire (e.g. the network card) and
W32Time notices there is a problem shortly before the system crashes

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