Checking the status of the Zip drive
TIP.EXE is a Zip disk surface quality test. The principle of the program is as follows: this program reads each sector of data from the disk, enters them into the…

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Using Zip
Iomega recommends using a Zip drive for: Extends the computer's memory by 100 MB additionally. Transferring your files to other computers when it is not possible to transfer them over…

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Work "the old fashioned way"
Traditionally, if there are 2 ... 3 computers in the office, they communicate with each other by a peer-to-peer network. This is a network in which all computers are equitable.…

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The Iron Solution to the 2000 Iron Problem

Before the onset of 2000, about three more months. But the situation was noticeably heated. It is understandable. If even a small fraction of what is written in the press is true, then someone will have to be responsible for not taking the necessary measures. But why are the prophecies given in most publications on the 2000 issue not particularly credible? It painfully thickens without explaining the details. Probably less adversity was promised when dynamite was invented. The last of these prophecies I met on September 8, in which the coming of the computer end of the world on September 9 (9/9/99) was foreshadowed. This date really plays a role in the 2000 issue, but it’s not the end of the world! Most of the prophecies have not yet come true. So September 9th passed almost imperceptibly in the “near-computer” world. Many already suspect that such a problem does not exist at all.

In this regard, let’s look at some details of the “iron” (associated only with the hardware) problems. The essence of the issue is set forth in the article “Iron” Problem of 2000 ”(as well as in PC WORLD Ukraine, No. 3, 1999). In short, the built-in computer clock uses only two digits to indicate the year. Non-volatile memory (CMOS) stores the two most significant digits (century register), but only the BIOS can change the information in this register, not the clock. Incorrect operation of the BIOS can lead to the fact that when you turn on the computer, the wrong date will be set.

How serious is this nuisance? In a nutshell, it is difficult to answer this question, since there are too many options for incorrect BIOS operation. It would probably be better to consider technical solutions to the problem, explaining what danger lies if the problem is not solved.

So, how to solve the “iron” problem? Two options should be considered reliable: replacing the BIOS and installing a special controller. Of course, it is better to replace the BIOS. But who can imagine how many variants of this BIOS actually exist? Anyone who gets the “Ready 2000” BIOS for their personal computer may not read further. He had already solved his problem. I’ll try to clarify with some examples some technical details of how the “iron” problem of 2000 is solved with the help of specialized controllers.

Golden Disks and IDE
The problem of recording "golden" discs has already been covered on our website (as well as in the journal CHIP, No. 8, 1999). However, the problems continue. Only, if earlier…

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How did the action of the Win95.CIH virus manifest on April 26, 1999 in Kiev
Naturally, the consequences of the virus will for a long time be generalized at different levels. However, the first victim of this virus brought his computer to the EPOS service…

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Almost everything about SPD-EEPROM ...
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This is the sonorous name of Athlon
Well, AMD is completely out of control. Rolls new processors out of the cornucopia. Most recently, on February 23, AMD announced two new processors: AMD-K6®-III-400 and AMD-K6®-III-450. By the way,…

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