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Clock time zone stuck on GMT

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Spencer Filichia Calculating status...
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Oct 8, 2008 7:12 AM
About 3 weeks ago I posted this question, but never got a solution. Fearing that the subject has been lost in the shuffle I am posting it again. I'd really appreciate any new thoughts on this that may solve the problem. It is getting really annoying to have all of my e-mail time stamped 7 hours in the future. The string so far has read like this:

+Spencer Filichia+
+Clock time zone stuck on GMT+
+Posted: Sep 25, 2008 7:36 AM +
+I recently replaced my dying hard drive. I cloned the drive using carbon copy cloner before getting rid of it. I copied everything onto the new drive. Unfortunately now my clock time zone is stuck on GMT to matter what I do to try and change it in the system preferences. I'm tried clicking on the map to my time zone, but it stays GMT.+

+Does anyone have any solutions?+
+ +
BDAqua
+Re: Clock time zone stuck on GMT+
+Posted: Sep 25, 2008 10:09 AM in response to: Spencer Filichia +
+Hi Spencer, and a warm welcome to the forums!+

+I think if you move this file to the Desktop, then reboot, the settings will stick/change after that...+

/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist

+Spencer Filichia+
+Re: Clock time zone stuck on GMT+
+Posted: Sep 25, 2008 8:33 PM in response to: BDAqua +
+I just tried what you said. I found that .GlobalPreferences.plist file in the preferences on the HD and under my user prefs. First I moved them to the desktop and restarted. Nothing. Then put any and all of those files in the trash and restarted. Nothing. I'm still stuck with GMT no matter what city I choose on the globe.+

+Any other thoughts? Anyone?+
+ +
BDAqua
+Re: Clock time zone stuck on GMT+
+Posted: Sep 25, 2008 8:52 PM in response to: Spencer Filichia +

+It's the one at the Root+
+library, not the User's Library that I was referring to, but may need to do both at once!+
+ +
+Spencer Filichia+
+Re: Clock time zone stuck on GMT+
+Posted: Sep 25, 2008 9:32 PM in response to: BDAqua +
+I did do both at once, but that didn't solve it. It reset a bunch of other settings like how my windows appear and such, but no luck with the time zone problem.+
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  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,550 points)
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    Oct 8, 2008 8:26 AM (in response to Spencer Filichia)
    A wild stab:

    In the Date and Time selections, have you checked "Set Date and Time automatically"?

    Whatever setting you have for that option, try the other one. Then restart, and reset the PRAM
  • sgraesser Calculating status...
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    Oct 13, 2008 9:42 AM (in response to Spencer Filichia)
    If you copied everything onto the new drive, the /usr/share/zoneinfo/ directory maybe corrupt. You can check the file sizes by either using the Terminal.app or the Go To Folder menu item in the Go menu in the Finder. Make sure all the files have a file size > 0. The date & time preferences panel will fail to change to a time zone that doesn't have a valid file in the /usr/share/zoneinfo/ directory.

    If you find some files with a file size of 0, try to find a valid replacement on your back up disk.

    Steve
    Mac Pro G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Jason Anthony Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2008 8:43 PM (in response to Spencer Filichia)
    Ok, Had to respond to this because this is the wackiest thing I've ever seen.

    Had the same problem, resulting from migrating from Tiger to Leopard.

    What worked for me was unlocking the /private/etc/localtime folder and then removing it (mv localtime localtim.old). After I renamed the folder, I went to set the timezone in preferences and it sticks. Just unlocking the folder and then going to preferences didn't work.

    Glad it caught it now, this machine is going be a file server and that would have caused me some major headaches.

    Thanks for posting your tips.
    PowerMac Dual G5 1.8 GHZ, Mac OS X (10.5.5)

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