Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2012 12:41 AM (in response to rosalindwills)
check thisThis helped meRe: Inaccurate clock - ntpd always adjusting timeIt doesn't look like you're reaching an ntp server. To verify whether your time is being synchronized, open a terminal window and type:
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2012 6:19 AM (in response to rosalindwills)
If it is not the NTP server, you could try an alternate menubar clock, as an experiment.
I actually like it better than the default Mac OS X menubar clock. So if it works for you AND you like it, your problem is solved.
If the problem continues, then there is an underlying problem, either with the time source, or with the menubar support infrastructure.
If an alternate clock works, it means there is something specific to the default menubar clock software.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 1:38 PM (in response to BobHarris)
Here's what I got when querying the NTP:
ntpq> host localhost
current host set to localhost
remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter
*time.apple.com 184.108.40.206 2 u 18 512 1 38.118 -1.749 1.170
So I guess that's working?
Further updates since I posted the last message...I tried an app called MagiCal, which among other things added a new menubar clock. THat seemed to work fine and ticked along quite nicely, except the night after I installed it the computer did this weird half-crash thing and I don't know if it's related (to either the app or the clock problem) but I haven't had the guts to try it again yet.
The default clock software seems to work sporadically; a couple times it's been fine for a while, or has clicked forward and caught up with itself suddenly and then fallen behind again. Weirdly, however, the computer still seems to know what time it is -- an incoming message in Thunderbird, for instance, will be correctly marked 3:30pm, even though the menu bar is still saying 2:30.
So assuming that it is something specific to the default menubar clock software...is there any way to fix/reboot/decorrupt that program? Or am I just stuck with it unless I can find a working alternative?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 4:25 PM (in response to rosalindwills)
I have the same problem on a new Mac Mini. For me the problem happens both with the standard Mac OS X clock as well as a 3rd party, "iStat Menus". I'm wondering if it's something to do with the whole menu bar not being graphically updated as other icons in mine remain static unless clicked on whence they update. A bug in OS X more than the app within the menu bar itself. I'm running the latest 10.8.2 BTW, not Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 4:35 PM (in response to rosalindwills)
This is a UI problem instead of an issue with the system's time. Try removing the SystemUIServer preferences file, which is in the username/Library/Preferences/ folder and is called "com.apple.systemuiserver.plist."
If this does not work, then try uninstalling, quitting, or removing any third-party menu items (ie, status monitors, AV software, or the like), to see if that helps the situation, as these can interfere and cause these problems.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2013 7:07 AM (in response to rosalindwills)
I'm also experiencing this issue. I run iStat Menus which places a bunch of system metrics in the menubar so could be that's the culprit. Didn't notice anything wrong with the clock before this morning though and I have had the iStat software for a while now.
I DID configure a VPN through the network settings pane which now also shows in the menubar. Could that have triggered this?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2013 8:00 AM (in response to rosalindwills)
Well just discovered that iStat Menus had an update, this has solved the issue for me. Clock now works as normal again.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2013 7:47 PM (in response to Richard was taken)
Success! I was wondering if iStat might be the culprit but it didn't occur to me to check for an update. Went up to the latest version and the problem appears to have gone away.
Thanks so much!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2013 5:51 AM (in response to Richard was taken)
Same problem and same solution. Update to iStat Menus fixed it for me. Thanks for sharing!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 7:18 AM (in response to rosalindwills)
Had the same issue for quite a few days, found this thread and it solved my problem too, I never suspected iStat although when I think about it it's painfully obvoius.
Thanks for sharing! :-)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 1:53 PM (in response to rosalindwills)
I too had the iStat Menus update, but I had to go one step further with this article ==> https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3603
Clearing the SMC and PRAM brought it back for me (iMac 27")
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2013 1:11 AM (in response to Richard was taken)
+1 ... iStat update cleared my clock problem
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 2:36 AM (in response to Richard was taken)
I never would have thought iStat Menu the culprit!! Thanks.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2013 1:02 AM (in response to rosalindwills)
+1 to updating iStat menus fixing this problem!