The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is investigating Compaq?s published claims that its PCs are Year 2000 compliant.
Richard Coppel, chief executive of Prove It 2000, a supplier of PC auditing and fixing software which alerted the ASA, claims Compaq machines failed to pass Year 2000 tests for the workings of the internal Real Time Clock which manages time and date functions.
Compaq?s product manager for desktops, Steve Torb, said: ?The Real Time Clock isn?t really the issue. Only non-standard applications require the date call. Most get the date from the operating system, others get the date from the Bios. How can an application making a date call to a component that only holds the last two digits of a year be Year 2000 compliant? Therefore it?s an application problem.?
He added: ?There are many definitions of Year 2000 and we are using National Software?s Testing Laboratory definition. We have been followed by Dell and Hewlett-Packard.?
Coppel responded: ?Compaq is well aware of the problem. It has never said, ?Our clock does actually work?. Why hasn't Compaq fixed it? Does it want a computer running in the year 2000 that shows 1900? We wouldn?t take on Compaq unless we thought its position is illegal and immoral.?
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