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HP Recall: Shaky Laptop Memory

Hewlett-Packard is fixing 900,000 HP and Compaq notebooks because of a bug in some of the memory modules. The faulty memory may be present in eight Compaq Evo models (N610c and N610v; N620c; N800c, N800v, and N800w; and N1000c and N1000v); four Compaq Presario models (1500, 2800, X1000, and X1200); and HP Compaq Business Notebook Nx7000 and HP Pavilion Zt3000 models (see "HP Stands Alone With Memory Flaw" for PC World's news story). HP is replacing all the affected modules.

The modules aren't in any HP notebooks currently on the market. But if you bought your laptop from March 2002 through June 2003, check whether your unit is affected. HP released a set of diagnostic programs to do just that (via "Memory Module Replacement Program"). You can also call 800/474-6836 or 800/652-6672 to talk to HP.

In Brief

Security News Feed

Microsoft is making the content of its security bulletins in Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, format. If you're set up with an RSS reader, this means that you can receive notifications as soon as new information is posted by Microsoft. Go to "RSS: Really Simple Syndication" to subscribe to the RSS feed.

RealPlayer Update

RealNetworks patched two big security holes in its media players that could let a bad guy take over your PC. The updates (at www.real.com) repair RealOne Player, RealOne Player v2, RealPlayer 8 and 10, and RealPlayer Enterprise.


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Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor for PC World.
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