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I know that Linux is Y2k compatiable but I am soon going to install it on an old 486/66 DX2 and i would like to know if the machine is y2k ok(which i don't think it is) and what to do.

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well, let's see it from a simple point of view: what is Y2K compliance? it is the fact, that a computer is able to handle dates, where the year may exceed the number 1999 (or 99 if it is two-digit), without crashing or at least without loosing data.

generaly --every-- bios (even those of the older 486 models) do support a "year"-count that goes from 1950 to 2037 (or something similar). the "486" as you call it has nothing more to do. if it "is not Y2K" compatible, this will result only in one thing: it will turn the date of your CMOS-clock to a date from a century ago.... that's it.

if you want to test if the later happens, just run into bios-setup, turn the date over the "00" and see what happens in any os, when you ask it for the date...... if the bios of your motherboard is -broken- than you should be able to get a flash upgrade from the homepage of it's producer.

linux will take over infromation about this date at bootup. if you boot it up 'till the end of 1999 you should *in any way* be right, 'till the day in the 21th century, when you shut it down *grin*
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