Repeated system clock failures while inputting tithing batch

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mfunk179
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Repeated system clock failures while inputting tithing batch

Postby mfunk179 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:17 pm

I could sure use some help on a very frustrating problem. About three or four months ago our ward got a new desktop computer; at or about the same time, we began to see error messages while entering tithing on Sunday afternoons.

What seems to happen is that at some point during batch entry, the system stops recording donations as they're being made. The user can't visually detect any problem until we try to print the reports and transmit the batch. Only then do we realize that the last 60 or 70 transactions are just...gone.

About then an MLS error message pops up that says that MLS has detected a change to the system clock, and MLS should be restarted....

Problem is, we haven't changed the system clock, and in fact the clock is displaying the correct date and time.

Ultimately, we have to re-enter the whole batch, which is extremely frustrating. After the error today, we had to sedate the finance clerk; I was afraid he was going to stroke out.


Anyway, I could really use a solution. Any help would be deeply appreciated.

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Re: Repeated system clock failures while inputting tithing b

Postby russellhltn » Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:46 pm

Just a thought - you might want to make sure you re-start MLS before doing a batch. My thought is that if the computer goes to sleep while MLS is running, at some point MLS may see the clock "jump" and not like that. By restarting MLS before doing the batch, I think you'd avoid having a "sleep memory loss".
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Re: Repeated system clock failures while inputting tithing b

Postby jirp » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:21 pm

At some point you are leaving MLS running to long without doing anything. I have never gotten that message if I don't leave MLS running without taking any action. I had guessed it was a way for the programmers to protect against people leaving it open with no one attending it and that it actually had nothing to do with the system clock.(I might be wrong on this) Russel's suggestion of restarting MLS just before you actually begin entering the tithing should solve it.(don't do it until you are actually ready to enter the tithing.)

If that doesn't do it another possible that might help is open another tab in MLS temporarily while entering tithing and do something else in MLS like look up a name in the middle of what you are doing so the program knows you are present. You have to change the tabs for MLS to detect you are doing something and tithing entry might not be doing it so opening another tab should do it.

If he is right and it is computer sleep time you might try going to control panel --> system and security --> power options and change the screen saver and sleep times upward to longer than it takes you to do tithing. Depending on your systems admin security you may have to have your stake technology specialist make this change.

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Re: Repeated system clock failures while inputting tithing b

Postby rontilby » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:39 am

Windows is usually configured to automatically synchronize the pc clock to "internet time" on a scheduled basis. It may be that Windows is syncing the pc's clock to internet time every Sunday during the time you're entering donations. This would cause MLS to complain that the clock has "changed".
You could try this:
Exit MLS
Set the Windows system clock to the proper time zone and synchronize with an Internet time server and "Update Now".
Start MLS
Enter the donation batch.

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Re: Repeated system clock failures while inputting tithing b

Postby Biggles » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:56 am

rontilby wrote:Windows is usually configured to automatically synchronize the pc clock to "internet time" on a scheduled basis. It may be that Windows is syncing the pc's clock to internet time every Sunday during the time you're entering donations. This would cause MLS to complain that the clock has "changed".
You could try this:
Exit MLS
Set the Windows system clock to the proper time zone and synchronize with an Internet time server and "Update Now".
Start MLS
Enter the donation batch.

The procedure for setting the time as mentioned, unfortunately wont work on a Clerk computer that has the mandatory Church (TEM) management software installed. TEM locks out the date, time and zone settings. This, for none techy persons, requires the GSC to remotely adjust.

From my own experience, the MLS computers doesn't time sync via the internet.


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