Hardware & Y2K

How to solve hardware problem in case of not Y2K compliant?
john2000063098Asked:
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OttaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It depends on how "bad" it is.
Boot MS DOS.  When you see 'Starting', press F5,
to bypass the usual start-up.
Enter 'date' and change the computer's date to 12-31-1999.
Enter 'time' and change the computer's time to 23:59:00.
Enter 'date' to confirm the date.
Enter 'time' to confirm the time.
Wait one minute.
Enter 'date' -- do you see 04-JAN-1980, or 01-JAN-2000 ?

If you see the former, then you'll have to manually reset
the clock, on 1/1/2000, to become Y2K-ready.

Set the date to '29-FEB-2000' (since it will be a leap-year).
Turn the system off.  
Turn the system on, and reboot.  
Again, use F5 to bypass things.
Use 'date' and 'time' to confirm
that the values have survived the off/on sequence.
Reset to the correct date/time.

Depending on the outcome of the above tests,
you'll be Y2K-ready, even if your computer is not!
















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john2000063098Author Commented:
Can I fix the old computer or must buy a new one?
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OttaCommented:
If a computer "fails" the above tests,
it still may "remember" a 21st century-date,
after you use the DATE and TIME commands to "assist" it.
So, give this a try -- set the DATE and TIME,
and reboot, and check the DATE and TIME.
If they are correct, then you will just have to
remember to use the DATE and TIME commands on 1/1/2000.
Also, if it retains the 21st century date/time,
turn it off for a few minutes, and then turn it on,
and check that the date and time are still correct.

If it fails these tests,
buy yourself a new computer for Christmas 1999.  :-)
By then, how fast will a Pentium be,
if you can get 200 or 300 Mhz today ?
Maybe, 2000 Mhz ???


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