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Home Computers May Catch the Y2K Bug

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RALEIGH — Only 385 days remain before January 1, 2000. The world's computer experts are becoming more concerned about the Year 2000 computer bug.

How can the bug affect home computers, and which ones are at risk?

Even relatively new computers could have problems. Software is available free on the internet or for sale to check home computers.

One program, Boxware Incorporated's TF 2000, checks for date rollover, reboot problems and the date change caused by Leap Year. The program installs a software patch the company says solves the problem.

Microsofthas just announced it will provide special tools to help small businesses and home users check and fix their machines. Microsoft has also recently announced a Year 2000 patch for Windows 98.

Software programs can be a problem as well, so some tools are designed to check the machine's software in addition to the hardware.

There are scores of programs to choose from, so do a web search for "Y2K" and be sure to read and follow instructions closely.

It is also a good idea to contact the manufacturer of the computer about Y2K compliance.

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Tom Lawrence, Reporter
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