3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 17, 2011 5:35 PM by BDAqua
Peter WP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My clock in the menu bar will not keep time.

 

However, if I click on it and open Date & Time and do nothing more, it adjusts to the current time but still doesn't work as the seconds aren't advancing. I close Date & Time but the clock stays highlighted/selectted, which is also strange.

 

Any suggestions as to how to get my clock running again?


iMac 2.6GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,910 points)

    Hi Peter,

     

    Not certain, but I'd try this...

     

    You've probably got a couple of corrupt preference files.

     

    Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions...

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist

     

    /Users/<yourname>/Library/Preferences/ com.apple.systemuiserver.plist

     

    /Users/<yourname>/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.systemuiserver.xxx.plist

     

    where 'xxx' is a 12 digit (hexadecimal) numeric string.

     

    This will reset your Menu Bar to the default, you'll need to go through System Preferences to reset the ones you need. (If they are already checked, uncheck them first and then recheck them).

     

    reboot

  • Peter WP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for taking the time to provide such a detailed reply.

     

    The issue had been occuring for the last several days, but the day before I received your reply, I had a Software Update come through. I don't recall what programs required updating, but after the update the problem went away.

     

    As an exercise in trashing Preference Files, I will follow your instructions anyway.

     

    Thanks again.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,910 points)

    OK Peter, good to hear it's working anyway.