LR's Date function is not stable and does not work (LR 5.3)

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LR's date function is almost worthless. Dates change indiscriminately, going from the date set by the camera to years 2119, or 2140, etc. I re-set the date and I find the date changes again. Adobe needs to provide a date data base that actually works because without the date function working properly picture sequences are mostly worthless.
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You'll need to explain a bit more about exactly what you're doing and what's happening. I'm not seeing any dates changing of their own accord.
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The metadata date assigned to a photo changes without reason. If I take a picture on 9/7/2013 I expect that date function to stay and that my picture will be sequenced by that date. I find, however, that some picture dates change, without reason or explanation to that the above exampled picture will be shown as 9/7/2117, by example, or 9/7/2040 and be found at the very end of my catalog. I have just short of 37000 pictures stored on a hard drive with more than enough room. Even when I correct the date and make sure the metadata is saved, dates change. It does not happen with all pictures but it does happen with many, and without obvious reason???

Any ideas or suggestions are greatfully accepted. Thanks.
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That's certainly a weird one! Can you see any pattern on the ones that are changing? For example, do they all come from a specific camera or were they scans?
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I do not see a pattern and have thought about your viewpoint more than once. The metadata change happens with scans and with camera initiated metadata. I use a Canon 5D, Mark III, but have used a 50D with the same result. I can't tell you what percentage of my pictures have this issue, but it is enough to be problematic. In a word, the date function database is "unstable."

I have looked for a setting to see if there is something I am missing? I use the "Save Metadata" function continuously.

I just have no idea, but would like to solve the problem so I can keep my picture catalog in date order.

Thanks.
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Of course, I understand you want to solve it. Unfortunately I can't find any other similar reports, which means I can't tell you how to fix it. If it was a widespread problem, we'd have a few more clues. Instead, we're down to trying to figure out why it's only happening on your computer.

Do the files pass through any other software? Do you ever use Read Metadata from Files?

Which date are we talking about? If you look in the Metadata panel, you'll see there are a variety of different dates listed.
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I do not use other files to bring in photos. All are brought in directly from the memory card, except for those that were scanned, and my scanned pictures are less than 10% of my pictures.

I am presently at work, but will look at the Metadata panel tonight and look at the dates listed to see if that provides a clue.

I should tell you that the problem appears to be PC independent. I recently updated from a PC on Vista 64 bit to Win 8.1 64 bit and the problem was found on both PCs. I wonder if the 64 bit function is the culprit? Adobe has acknowledged other problems with 64 bit, as opposed to 32 bit?