Hello & Thank you + bug

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  • #71493
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    ali z

    Hi, I’m Ali.

    Thank you, to everyone developed antiX; antiX is the only distro that basically works, and just works very well on my 2005 machine.
    The machine was simply dead and I was about to throw it, until I asked here and there if there is a distro that can bring this machine back to work; and I got pointed to antiX which I never heard of.

    My main workstation is Debian, Debian is the only distro that I use and never really tried any other distro, so I’m very glad that antiX chose Debian as their base distro; because I know Debian very well and I know where to find things on my system.

    At first I downloaded the latest antiX version, which is 21. I tried it as Live and it was great; however, I also tried version 19.4 Live and I found it better in my case, in addition version 19.4 includes more tools than the latest version. (iirc about 5 tools included in 19.4 that I couldn’t find on 21, so I installed version 19.4)

    So I just want to say I’m a new fan of antiX, I love it, its based on Debian so I can feel in home, and of course systemd free which is easier to manage when something goes wrong and last but not least it includes bunch of tools that I can really use for my old hardware; though I’m sure more tools for old hardware can be added too.

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    Last thing I want to say, I tried installing it on one of my family member’s laptop too, a 2008/2009 laptop. On that laptop I tried to install version 21, however there is a very small bug that I found.
    It’s nothing serious, it just seem that the kernel isn’t reading the hardware clock nor measuring the clocks per second properly; and that result in fast time stepping which is weird to watch the system clock changes faster than usual.

    Seriously, Thank you again for this awesome distro.

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    ModdIt
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    hi ali z, welcome to antiXia
    the system clock changes faster than usual. is the bios battery ok,
    meaning not years old. A failing battery can cause all sort of weird symptoms
    I always change them unless known done recently.
    That is very useful as a corrosion check around the battery holder, if neccesary
    cleaning can prevent serious board damage.
    repairable

    Did you try a different kernel.

    Please give version of antiX, sysv or runit and hardware info so helpers are not kept guessing.
    inxi -Fxz

    #71514
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    Brian Masinick
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    Make sure that the NTP, Network Time Protocol, is enabled, active, and working properly. That will regularly check and adjust clock drift and inaccurate time.

    Brian Masinick

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    ali z
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    Sorry for providing no information, I was a bit in rush.

    Issue with:
    antiX-21, 64-bit; using old kernel version 4.9.

    @ModdIt, yes choosing a different kernel fixes this issue; the newer 5.10 kernel has no issues.
    @Brian Masinick, yes syncing time with online servers seem to work fine; but this requires constant internet connection.

    So the issue happens using the old kernel shipped with antiX21, 64-bit, I also tried a different distro just to confirm that the problem isn’t with the laptop.

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    Regarding a constant connection, yes, the design of NTP does frequently communicate with the configured time servers.

    I’ve always been fortunate to have such connectivity. I take it that is a problem in some cases; if so, your clock is not likely to be very accurate unless it’s updated at least a few times during each login. Most computer clocks are not very accurate without a time set it correctly,

    Brian Masinick

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