weird clock problem

From: Nelis Lamprecht
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 08:31:43 EST


Over the past few weeks I've been having major problems keeping time on
my machine with kernel 2.6.5. At first I thought it was a problem with
ntpd but as it turns out it's my kernel.

The problem became evident while copying vast amounts of data across to
my machine. While I was copying data to it via scp my random
Xscreensaver kicked in displaying the clock and the first thing I
noticed was that the clock was advancing at a rapid rate. At the same
time I could not type anything as it would just repeat everything I
typed 10 fold. Basically the whole system behaved like it was on
steroids while I was copying to it and by the time I had finished
copying the clock was 2hrs ahead of time. With kernel 2.6.5 ntpd would
work on startup and then die saying no servers could be reached which I
assume was because my clock was so far off.

I have since downgraded to 2.6.3 and now ntpd is keeping time as it

Anybody else come across this behaviour ? I'm running Gentoo on an IBM
ThinkCentre P4 3ghz. I also have APM enabled in both kernels.


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