What to do?
Do not panic.
Without delay, check all computers for compatibility with 2000. For this, there are programs, including freely distributed ones. You can get them online. In particular, the site www.mitre.org provides links to a very large number of sites from which you can get programs for testing, including free ones, and even for software error correction. Of course, not all of these programs are equivalent. The best choice, most likely, is the YMARK2000 program.This program was developed by NSTL (National Software Testing Laboratories) and is considered the de facto standard for testing the availability of Intel-based computers by 2000. The NSTL host provides a list of motherboards that are fully compatible with 2000. Such boards are considered “Year 2000 Capable” – NSTL Certified. The basis for classifying the motherboard in this category is the performance of all YMARK2000 tests. Probably worth highlighting is also the AMI200 test program by AMI, although there are a lot of good programs, you can choose to your liking. As a rule, such programs are also available in the companies where you bought computers. A number of firms, for a very reasonable fee, provide a qualified assessment of hardware availability by the year 2000.
Fix identified problems. There are several ways to fix the problem. We will not consider the simplest and most effective one – replacing a computer. Then there will be only 3 options: replacing the BIOS, software driver and additional device. Replacing the BIOS is the best solution. However, the 2000 problem is most often found in outdated boards, which are no longer supported by manufacturers. Accordingly, one does not have to rely heavily on the new BIOS. A software driver, as a rule, is a relatively cheap solution. However, the most unreliable. The most reliable solution is to install an additional board in the computer. A classic example is the Year 2000 BIOS Enabler from AMI. Year 2000 BIOS Enabler is a card that plugs into a free ISA slot (Fig. 3).
Board Year 2000 BIOS Enabler
This board intercepts the BIOS operating system call and checks the year value returned by it. If the BIOS returns 00 or 80, then Enabler returns 2000. Additionally, Enabler writes the correct century value to CMOS. Moreover, Enabler also solves the problem of calculating a leap year. Enabler is designed to run on MS-DOS, PC-DOS, DR-DOS, OS / 2, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT 3.0 and higher. For other operating systems, Enabler may not correct the error. In particular, UNIX does not use the BIOS to obtain a date and, accordingly, Enabler will not work. AMI Year 2000 BIOS Enabler is tested to solve the 2000 problem associated with incorrect BIOS and RTC operation, many recognized tests, including those recommended above by the NSTL Ymark2000 and AMI2000. With a relatively low cost (about $ 70) and high reliability, such a board will be the most effective way to solve the 2000 problem in hardware.