This story gets a little convoluted and involves a couple of cross-country moves, two different PDAs and some incredible
With my old computer, I lived in the Mountain Time Zone, used a Windows CE-based Casiopeia PDA with
Microsoft Schedule+ on my computer. Because of some work I was doing for AOL, I had my computer clock set to Eastern Time
(AOL's default time) and my PDA set to Mountain Time (two hours earlier), but it all worked. I then reset my computer to
Mountain Time, and it still all worked.
Then I bought a new computer with Windows XP. Instead of Schedule+, I
switched to Outlook with my old PDA. I moved in September to the Central Time Zone. and tried to switch my clock. Moving the
computer clock ahead an hour (and the PDA) made all my appointments move ahead an hour. Because I was starting a new job and
a new life, I just deleted everything on my calendar and started over. (I regretted this at tax time, alas!)
Things went fine until the end of October, when it was time to switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. When
the computer made the switch, all my appointments in Outlook were suddenly off by an hour. Anything that was an all-day
event from midnight to midnight now had a banner over TWO days, stretching from 11pm to 11pm. All my other appointments were
an hour early. I disabled the automatic update to Daylight Savings Time and reset my clock. I think I manually changed all
my appointment. It was a huge pain in the neck.
Last Sunday, I tried to switch back to Daylight Savings Time.
Again, all my appointments want to jump ahead an hour. So, I disabled the automatic feature, set the clock ahead manually,
and all the appointments in Outlook went back to normal.
The problem with this is that because my computer clock
is not now set to adjust for Daylight Savings Time, my email program (not Outlook, but The Bat!) is not time-stamping my
messages correctly. The Bat! wants to pick up the time on the computer clock, which it thinks is Central Standard Time.
I have downloaded Service Pack 2 to get the latest clock fixes -- no difference. I tried tech support with Dell --
they couldn't help. I have asked all my techie friends -- they sent me here.
I just want my computer to work. I
want to update automatically between Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time, I want to synch with my Palm, and I want the
time-stamping on my email program to be picking up the correct time so that emails are again in their proper sequence. I
think I should be able to do this. I just want to know how. (And I need the info in plain English, if possible, not too
Thanks to anyone who can help.