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Sources only a fag* paper away from Hewlett Packard have revealed a refresh of HP Pavilion PCs due any day now. One of the machines HP will introduce uses the AMD K6-II, while another uses the brand new Celeron 533MHz part which Intel is expected to announce today, a week ahead of the date we predicted last century. The HP Pavilions include five mini towers and a tower machine, and the last box will come with an 800MHz Intel Pentium III processor. The 6640C Pavilion, which uses the K6-II 500MHz part, will cost $950, and comes with 64MB of memory, a 15GB hard drive, and a CD-RW with 11MB of shared VRAM. The 8650C mini tower uses the new Celeron 533MHz part, also has 64MB of memory, a 20GB hard drive, and comes with DVD and CD-RW, costing a modest $1,100. The 8660C mini tower uses a Pentium III 533 part with the 133MHz system bus, includes DVD and CD-RW, a 20GB hard drive, 11MB of shared VRAM and will cost $1,500. Its 600MHz twin, the 8670C, costs $1,700 and has a 30GB hard drive, and 8MB of VRAM, as well as a DVD drive and CD-RW. The 9680C mini tower uses a 650MHz Pentium III, will cost $2,000, has a 40GB hard drive, DVD and CD-RW. The high end 9690 Pavilion will use the Intel 800MHz Pentium III (how many of those are around), and again will come with DVD and CD-RW. The exact hard drive size is, so far, unclear. That machine will cost $2,600. HP was unavailable for comment at press time. Meanwhile, we have had further news of the freezing Presario story we broke over the Yule break. A source at Circuit City in the US said: "We, too, experienced freezups with the computers on the floor. We also had an unusually high return rate on the 5838 model. "We found that the problem was eliminated when the virus detection software was disabled. Two of the machines (models 5838 and 5868) have functioned without problems for several days at a time (our italics) without rebooting. Obviously no-one should have to do that, but that fact indicates to me a software fix should be possible." Compaq is replacing its 5800 range with a new range catchily titled the 7000 series. ® * A fag is UK slang for a cigarette. See also Last .25 Celeron slated for 10 January Compaq favours AMD K6-II for mobile range Compaq AMD 7XXX series to have Firewire support Frozen Presarios found in Compaq support glacier

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