Data General has put out an urgent warning to customers that some of its Motorola-based servers may experience disruptions on 1 January, 1999, unless they update the firmware software on their processors.
The problems centre around the hardware supplier?s Aviion machines, which are based on the Motorola 88k processor - a family of systems that Data General is selling less and less of each year.
However, the issue will have repercussions on a substantial number of customers unless they update their chips? firmware with software that the vendor is providing for that purpose.
A statement posted by Data General on its Web site warns: "This update includes a fix to a 1999 related problem on 88k systems and must be loaded immediately to prevent a system disruption on January 1, 1999." It does not specify the nature of the problem the glitch can cause, however.
The company also claimed it shipped the update to customers with their Hardware Support Agreements in June of this year and added it was making it available to all users that contact the customer support centre.
Under the Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act, Data General is bound to make any important Year 2000 information public. The Act, which was passed on 1 October this year, is designed to encourage private sector companies to share information relating to potential Year 2000 computer problems to ensure it does not become the basis for future lawsuits.
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