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486\66 Y2K compliance

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Brandon Idell
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

I'm trying to make a 486\66 Y2K compliant. I looked into a bios upgrade, but looks like more trouble that it's worth. Is there a general download for a BIOS fix? Any suggestions? The less $$$ I spend, the better.
Posted on Friday, October 22, 1999 - 12:21 pm:   

What are you going to use it for? This Y2K thing is totally over-hyped. It WILL work next year.

The argument I always give is this: Does your VCR show the correct time and date? Does it still work when the time flashes 12:00? Thank you.

If you are totally insistant about following the other sheep who are scurrying about to make sure their cars will run and computers will operate after the dreaded date, get the BIOS update. There is NO general fix for this. Make absolutely sure you get the one made for your motherboard and/or computer brand. If you do not, THAT will cause it to not function.

The problem really resides in software though. For example, if you are using an old spreadsheet program that uses 2 digit dates internally (newer ones show 2 digits, but actually record 4 digit dates internally), whatever was date dependant in that spreadsheet will be based on an incorrect date. i.e. 01 is 1901 or 1981 and NOT 2001.

My recommendation, skip it.

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