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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I have an AMD K6-200MHz processor in a computer that my uncle gave me-- mix  'n' matched CD-ROM, Sparq drive, and 3-Gig and 6-Gig hard drives.

Now, when I boot the computer, after it does its initial check for the processor and memory check, it does not proceed to Windows. The only thing it allows me to do is hit the "delete" key to enter the CMOS BIOS setup menu-- which is password encrypted. And we don't have the password. However, I have learned how to reset the menu without the password feature.

Neither the hard drive or disc drive is tested for system discs or programs when booting. After consulting with several friends, it is believed that the AMD-K6 I have is not y2k compliant. Several computers with this supposed y2k-compliant AMD chip give a different display during the initial boot-up than I get.

My two questions for you:

  1. Is this a reasonable explanation?
  2. Is there some type of upgrade available?
- - Scott, August 1999

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

Y2k is not the issue with your computer. All AMD processors are Y2k compliant in that they do not perform any date functions within the chip.

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