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My machine is always showing an hour ahead of the actual time. I am in Texas currently but the time never picks Day light savings. Any time I click on Set Time(Top Right Corner), my system just hangs right there. I have to turn off the machine each time. how do I fix this issue? alt text

This is what happens when I try ntpdate: still 1 hour difference.

13 Dec 21:44:37 ntpdate[3098]: bind() fails: Permission denied 
sudo ntpdate 
[sudo] password for ubuntu: ntpdate[3237]: step time server offset - 12.151112 sec 
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When you reboot, does your system changes the time, or does it stay as before you changed it? – Saifallah Dec 13 '10 at 13:44
No, time stays the same. – t3ch Dec 13 '10 at 16:28
What exactly do you click on when the system freezes? Just the time and date in the top panel? – Stefano Palazzo Dec 14 '10 at 0:59
@Stefano, I have added the snapshot of the button I am clicking. – t3ch Dec 14 '10 at 2:43
Is your Hardware clock set to local time or UTC? – lazyPower Dec 15 '10 at 4:28
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Have you tried a console alternative to setting it from the gnome-panel time applet? ntpdate is a favorite of mine. i have it setup in a cron script across several Machines and VM's to ensure my system clock never gets skewed that far off. (once a week is fine by my standards. i find that I only migrate away from Atomic Time a few microseconds a week.)

However, with that said, give a try with


and see if it corrects your time issue, without a freeze.

If your system continues to freeze, see if you cant ssh in from another machine and have a look at /var/log/messages. On a Fedora system at one point i was 2 hours ahead of actual time, when i reset the date, it caused a panic because everything on the system was 2 hours ahead. Threw some ridiculous error about future time and locked up. I powered down the machine for a day and gave it another go in a recovery console without an issue.

Edit 1: Another thought occured to me to try and change your TimeZone settings. See if that will reconfigure your clock. See the article located at

This may be a byproduct of messed up TZ settings.

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Tried your solution, Still 1 hour difference. ubuntu@ubuntu-XPS-M1330:~$ ntpdate 13 Dec 21:44:37 ntpdate[3098]: bind() fails: Permission denied ubuntu@ubuntu-XPS-M1330:~$ sudo ntpdate [sudo] password for ubuntu: 13 Dec 21:45:14 ntpdate[3237]: step time server offset -12.151112 sec ubuntu@ubuntu-XPS-M1330:~$ – t3ch Dec 14 '10 at 2:46
@t3ch Remember to update your original question with each thing you try, I've gone ahead and added it for you. – Jorge Castro Dec 15 '10 at 3:53
Thanks Jorge. Will do moving forward – t3ch Dec 15 '10 at 14:39

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