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Entry type: FAQ Entry ID: 24161902, Entry date: 11/29/2006

What does "Correction factor" mean in the "Diagnostics/Clock" tab of the CPU's Properties dialog?

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In HW Config you can enter a correction factor in the "Clock" field via CPU > Properties > Diagnostics/Clock. This affects only the CPU's hardware clock. With the correction factor you can correct a time deviation (clock is "fast" or "slow") within 24 hours. You can enter positive or negative values in ms.
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If the clock is 4 seconds slow after 24 hours, you need to enter a correction factor of "+4000 ms".

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