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- Subject: Re: y2k and the average engineer?
- From: Mlcse(--nospam--at)aol.com
- Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 00:28:11 EST
Tom, My understanding is that there are several things that you might want to investigate. 1. The computer's system's operating BIOS. My understanding is that if you have a pentium based computer, the clock will most likely rollover OK on January 1, 2000, but should still be checked. The higher the pentium chip speed, the less likely you will have a problem. I know all the pentium based computers in our office checked out OK. The 486/386 chip machines on the other hand all failed on the date rollover (the date changed to January 1, 1900). These can simply be fixed, when booting up the computer on January 1st and changing the date manually. This may not be true for all computers though, depending on who wrote the BIOS for the computer system (IBM, clone software, etc.). If you are running date sensitive software, just turn the computer off on December 31st, and then turn it back on in January so you can fix the date manually. There is computer software available to check the computer's BIOS, you can probably download it from the internet. The rollover date should probably be checked beyond the year 2000, such as through the year 2010. 2. Windows 95 program. I have been told that there are some bugs related to year 2000, but there are patches available. I will probably wait until sometime this summer to install the patches, encase additional bugs are discovered between now and then. I don't want to have to install the patches twice. I have not heard of any year 2000 problems with Windows 98. 3. Excel program I have been told you can download from Microsoft the required year 2000 patches for Excel. 4. If you are using a payroll software program, verify that it is year 2000 compliant, especially if your fiscal year does not end on december 31st. Hope this helps Michael Cochran
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