bios clock needs checking

Dell Optiplex gx270 desktop
April 13, 2010 at 15:32:40
Specs: Windows 2000
I need to check the BIOS clock on this computer to make sure it is reading in military time. I cannot seem to locate it when I hit F8 upon startup. The app I am concerned with takes the BIOS clock time and uses it for the time stamp.

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April 13, 2010 at 16:57:55
The BIOS stores the time as raw numbers and is formatted to a default format that cannot be changed. This format just happens to be a 24 hours clock and the date in mm/dd/yyyy which is to be expected as most BIOS code originates in the USA. However I am in the UK which uses a different date format it is not much use to me.

Formatting of the time/date is done in the Operating System when reads the time from the BIOS during boot-up, consequently all dates on my computer are formates to dd/mm/yyyy format

The time/date is formatted in Windows first and applications can then chose to use this format or one of their own. Well written applications should use the Operating system time/date format. You are most likely getting the time form the Operating System. Getting the time directly from the BIOS is quite a complex procedure and should be avoided.

Time data/formatting is set in the regional options that can be found in the Control Panel.


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