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Proliant 1600 system time resets spontaneously

James P. Duffy, III
Occasional Contributor

Proliant 1600 system time resets spontaneously

We have a dual processor Proliant 1600 with 1 gig of RAM and a 3200 Smart Array controller. It is a real workhorse and runs just fine, except that the system time spontaneously jumps ahead at random intervals. This causes many programs like Inoculateit and ArcServe to reset scheduled jobs, etc. We have been able to deal with some of this by running a time synchronization program, but it is not a perfect solution.

Our outside support firm does not have a clue about this.

Does any one have any ideas about what the problem is and how to fix it?

Thank you
2 REPLIES
amhakassa
Honored Contributor

Re: Proliant 1600 system time resets spontaneously

Hi James,

Update the system ROM and see if that resolves the issue. If not try chancging the CMOS Battrey
latest BIOS can be downloaded from this link
http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/locate/20_1126.html#4

Regards
Amha Kassa
Colin_29
Trusted Contributor

Re: Proliant 1600 system time resets spontaneously

James,

The date and time will commonly get reset to the BIOS manufacturer date, or a default date such as a 1970's / 1980's date. When this occurs, this is generally a good indication that the CMOS battery is failing or is already bad. I'm not sure if the time jumping ahead reflects these common symptoms.

You did not say what OS you are running. Is it possible that your domain time is set ahead and it is synchronising with that?

I would try synchronising with an Internet based NTP server. To do this from a command prompt:

NET TIME /SETSNTP:POOL.NTP.ORG

Then restart the windows time service.

HTH
Colin