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Intel does not like making disclosures about codenames it has not yet decided to talk about. But at Computex earlier this year, we talked to a very nice chap on the Chicony stand, who was happy to tell us about Bannister, also known as the Intel 440MX chipset, a mobile Celeron platform. Microsoft, like Intel, does not like talking about Windows 2000 except to those people who sign its fearsome non-disclosure agreements. But we are given to understand that there is a big problem installing Windows 2000 RC1 to a new system using Intel's Bannister chip set. The OS hits text mode setup, gets as far as "Starting Windows 2000" then stops with a long and gruesome error message with loads of hex in it and which ends INACESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE (sic). Apparently, Intel has not provided any drivers for Windows 2000 and Windows 98 SE installs fine to the platform. The question is: "Will Windows 2000 support this chipset in a future release, or does Intel need a good nagging?" We'd nag Intel, but it doesn't acknowledge the existence of the codename for the mobile Celeron chipset which is an unannounced product. ®

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