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Hewlett-Packard will this month be sending DIY Y2K fix-it kits to its European resellers. The free CDs will go out to HP's Connect accredited resellers, aimed at getting customers and resellers to check their systems for Y2K compliance. The kits will include BIOS releases for updating HP systems and software patches, with information available in 29 languages. Customers will be able to catch Y2K problems in advance by following the steps on the CD. Joseph Vigier, Y2K manager for HP Europe's commercial channel organisation, said: "With the millennium fast approaching, there are still a large number of businesses and consumers in Europe that have not taken adequate steps to ensure that they are Y2K ready." He added: "HP is also concerned that there may be relatively high levels of complacency about the millennium problem in the channel –- particularly among the smaller Connect resellers." ®

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