the ward computer has wrong date

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barkep-p40
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the ward computer has wrong date

Postby barkep-p40 » Wed May 14, 2008 11:29 am

If we change the date will this effect MLS? How and when should we change Date. Someone advised that we would have to wait for 24 hours after computer was used. Any advise?:confused:

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Postby aebrown » Wed May 14, 2008 11:49 am

barkep wrote:If we change the date will this effect MLS? How and when should we change Date. Someone advised that we would have to wait for 24 hours after computer was used. Any advise?:confused:


MLS saves the date and time in the database when MLS is exited. When MLS starts, if the system date/time is earlier than the saved date/time, then MLS refuses to run.

So if you need to move the clock forward to make it correct, go ahead and make the change whenever you want (as long as MLS is not running) and you will be fine.

But if you need to move the clock back to make it correct, you should set the system clock back right after you exit MLS at a time when you won't need MLS for a while. For example, if your system clock is 24 hours ahead (it says May 15, 2:00pm when it should say May 14, 2:00pm), then you will have to wait 24 hours after exiting MLS and setting the clock back.

If your clock is somehow several days ahead, you can set it back in smaller chunks until you get it right. Just make sure you don't play with the system clock while MLS is running, and that you never set it back farther than you have time to wait until you get back into MLS. You should also make sure you keep good MLS backups as you adjust the clock.

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Postby jfackerson » Thu May 15, 2008 8:50 am

Is Ward's PC System Clock ever updated during MLS transmissions or are there plans for it to be updated? I've set Clock features to not attempt syncing with any local time servers.
For reference, we have installed a NIST radio signal "Seth Thomas" analog clock on wall of Clerks' Office. This brand seems to receive NIST signal from Bolder Colorado better than brand, "Atomix" analog. Our office is located on SW corner of Church Building and clock receives updates only with room florescent lights OFF.

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Postby sgoodmansen » Tue May 20, 2008 10:45 pm

THis has happened to us twice in the past year. Its not a fun thing to deal with especially if you get a month out of sync. It important to understand why this is occuring as well as the fix. In our case it was clerks and secretaries using the systray clock on the PC as a calandar and saving the date when exiting. Educating your clerks and secreatries to not use the clock as a calandar is a first step in preventing this issue from occurring. Keep a copy of the stake calander by the computer so users can quickly look at a calandar without compromising the operating system's time and date.

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Postby russellhltn » Wed May 21, 2008 12:01 pm

stevegoodmansen wrote:In our case it was clerks and secretaries using the systray clock on the PC as a calandar and saving the date when exiting.


I find it easier to teach the machine then to teach a bunch of users. :D

Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy

In the left hand side, navigate to Local Policies > User Rights Assignment

Double-click on "Change System Time".

Add other Windows Administrators by name (such as "Administrator") and remove the group "Administrators".

Close the window and log out.

Now you've trained the computer. :cool:

If the need comes up that they have to change the system time, either they can log in as another administrator or do it from the CMOS screen.


stevegoodmansen wrote:Keep a copy of the stake calander by the computer so users can quickly look at a calandar without compromising the operating system's time and date.


The best I've seen is to get one of those "calender strips" that show the whole year - the kind that some companies hand out for free - to stick on the edge of the monitor where it's always there. It's even handier then the tool you took away.

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Postby clbeazer » Wed May 21, 2008 10:06 pm

Another low-tech solution to take away the temptation to change the time is to remove the clock from the tool bar. Start/settings/task bar/un-check the show clock box. So far, nobody has missed it.


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