[techtalk] Computer clock way slow

Kelly Lynn Martin kelly at poverty.bloomington.in.us
Wed Jan 26 18:27:14 EST 2000

On Wed, 26 Jan 2000 19:58:52 GMT, "J B" <griffin2020 at hotmail.com> said:

>Ouch....Ok, then why does my BIOS, and a couple of other machines want to 
>know what the cycle time is for power?....

I have no idea.  It's possible that one some systems, the clock
switches to line frequency.  Line frequency is not very stable (it's
subject to substantial short and long term fluctuation, especially
when there are reactive loads on the circuit, like motors), and
is not really a good time source.  And what if you happen to be in a
country that uses DC power distribution?


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