ARA Y2K STATUS

 

Y2K STATUS
Units with System Version D10 or higher are Y2K compliant.

How to tell if your computer is compliant
Turn your computer over and look at the serial number on the bottom (on bar code label).  If your serial number begins with the letter "B", you are compliant.  If your serial begins with the letter "A", you need to check further.  Turn the computer on and look at the first screen which appears.   The fourth line of printed text which appears will read "system version:".   This will then be followed by two groups of a letter + 2 digits.  Example = System Version:   D10 - C18.  Look at the first group.   If the digits are 10 or higher, your system is Y2K compliant.  If your model is MP968 and the first group is B05 or higher, your system is Y2K compliant.

What if your computer is not compliant
If your computer is not Y2K compliant, you will have to update your system BIOS.  Since it is the job of the BIOS to act as a translator between the hardware and the operating system, the BIOS must match your hardware exactly.   Over the course of the products life, there were improvements and revisions to the hardware.  This means that you must do some detailed checking before updating your BIOS.

  1. Make sure that the model number on the bottom of the computer reads "ARa"
  2. Look at the second group of characters in the system version.  These must be either "C18" or "K01".  If they are not, you will need to remove and replace the keyboard controller chip. Do Not Update the BIOS if you do not have the proper chip version. You can purchase the replacement chip from our parts department.
  3. Look at the first group of characters in the system version.  If the first character is G, H, or J you should download the BIOS file which begins with that letter.  If the first character begins with the letter D, you need to look at your serial number.    If the first 3 digits of the serial number.  If these are ARA or ARB, you need BIOS beginning with the letter F.   For all other systems, you should use the BIOS beginning with the Letter D
BIOS Version Usage
G14 Units with system versions beginning with the letter G
H14 Units with system versions beginning with the letter H
J14 Units with system versions beginning with the letter J
F14 Units with serial numbers beginning with ARA or ARB
D14 All units which do not fit into one of the above categories.