Is your computer ready for Y2K?
When the clock strikes midnight you’ll know it’s the year 2000, but will your computer?
The clock mechanism is the mostly likely program to cause problems with personal computers when the year 2000 begins, said Floppys manager George Baker.
“Most fail the roll-over date and I think it may tell you that it’s the year 1900,” he said. “It still recognizes that the year 2000 is a leap year, just the number is wrong and that is easily fixed.”
Dan Klahn, owner of the The Tahoe Net, said newer operating systems, such as Windows 95 or Windows 98, shouldn’t have many problems. He said he expects Windows 3.1, an older operating system, to have more problems.
“If there are any problems at all, it will probably be with the clock,” said Dan Klahn, owner of The Tahoe Net. “But we have a floppy disk that you can run to tell you where the troubles are and there’s software that you can buy that will make the all the Y2K fixes. It runs about four hours – it goes real deep.”
People who aren’t computer savvy can bring in their system and the computer technicians will do the same job for about $200.
“If your computer won’t function or it won’t turn on, we’ll be open on New Year’s Day for Y2K issues,” he said. “We’ll also have tech support on the phone on New Year’s Eve until about 10 p.m.”
Both computer stores, which are planning to close early today, are offering the floppy disk for free.
“It’s a painless check,” Baker said.
In addition, Baker said he doesn’t expect much activity on the Internet after the ball drops.
“I think things will be pretty quiet,” he said. “People will be more worried about how empty their champagne glasses are at that time.”
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