Test the hardware and software yourself Downloads and vendor packages are available that allow you to test the CMOS and BIOS chips
for millennium compliance.
The third option, replacing the motherboard, may cost more than a CPU enhancement, but carries the advantage of the latest BIOS chips
and options such as local bus or the latest peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus which offer the potential of greatly enhanced speed.
So on January 1, 2000, the BIOS chips
in many computers will read the year as 00 and will conclude the date is January 1, 1900.
AMERICAN MEGATRENDS boasts that it's the brains behind over half the world's BIOS chips
, so expectations were high for this diagnostics- based utility.
Today, clone BIOS chips
can be purchased from companies such as Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Many BIOS chips
can utilize security software that embed security information directly on the BIOS.
Incompatibilities arise from the fact that the PC BIOS chips
in current use do not accommodate all PC cards.