Compaq has been reported to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), accused of misleading customers over claims that its products are Year 2000 compliant.
Prove It 2000, an industry pressure group, complained to the ASA about a Compaq advertisement urging customers to ditch existing PCs for Compaq machines, which the company claimed pass compliancy tests. Prove It 2000 claims the PCs do not pass Y2K tests for some functions, especially the workings of the internal Real Time Clock.
Compaq rejected the claims, dismissing the Real Time Clock as irrelevant.
Steve Torbe, Compaq's product manager for desktops, said the firm's machines have passed Year 2000 tests run by NSTL, a US testing lab.
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