Year 2000 Status of Our Notebooks
 

With less than a year to Y2K and all the media hype, many people are becoming concerned about what will happen next January.   The following is some background on how our notebooks process time & date as well as the status of most of our products.

Background
Every PC has a clock chip on its mainboard.  This clock chip runs is powered by battery inside the computer (different from the battery which runs your notebook computer) and runs all the time.  This chip stores dates as only 2 digits.   The century information is stored in a separate location within the chip.    When the computer is first turned on, the operating system (DOS, Windows, etc) will read the clock chip on the mainboard only once.  Once the operating system has read the date from chip, the clock chip is ignored and the operating system takes care of all time and date functions. 

Testing
When testing for Y2K compatibility, the system is usually checked to see if when the year rolls over from 99 to 00 that the century information is also updated.  The system is also tested to see if leap years are handled properly. So far every system which we have seen has passed the leap year tests, however the computers which fail do not successfully complete the roll over test.   Basically testing for Y2K involves setting the clock chip to midnight on certain dates and watching to see what happens to the time and date when they progress to the next day.   This can be done automatically with a test program or manually.  A testing program is the preferred method because it works automatically and knows what to look for in the results.   An example of such a program is National Software Testing Laboratories YMark 2000, which can be downloaded from http://www.nstl.com

Impact of non-compliance
For the vast majority of PC users, the impact will not be catastrophic.  If your computer is not compliant, software which does calculations based on dates will give unwanted results.  This would mostly be in applications where databases are used, like accounting systems, personnel records, etc.  Having the software be compliant with Y2K will be much more important.   Most software programs will have a patch to let them know that 00 is actually greater than 99.    Applications which do not process dates will not be affected. Since the notebook computers which do fail Y2K only fail the roll over test (and pass the others), you will need to enter the full date with 4 digit year on January, 1 2000.   Once this is done, the system should process dates correctly.

Software
Although it is very important that your computer handle the year 2000,  the majority of the burden of compliance lies on the software.  The computer's hardware is only responsible for passing the time and date to the operating system software once during the boot up, after that the software handles all time and date functions.   We ship our computers with Microsoft Operating Systems, for compliance information as well as any patches you can check out Microsoft's Year 2000 compliance site at http://www.microsoft.com/y2k .  For information on software you need to check with the software vendor to determine compliance.

Status by model
We have sold its computers in many different markets.   Through different marketing campaigns, the computers have been known by different names.  To maintain consistency and ensure you receive the correct information, the following lists go by the model number which is located on the bottom of the computer.

Non-Compliant Compliant with the proper revisions Compliant
  • All models sold prior to 9/94
  • NB9800
  • FMA7600
  • 5400T

 

Click on model to see what is required to be compliant

  • All Models  sold after 1/1/98
  • MP978
  • MP979
  • 1130A
  • UNI-764

 

  • MP989
  • MP995
  • MP982
  • 2300P
  • 1130M
  • 6300T
  • Green 753+