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Dell Computer may have to replace the defective memory in up to 400,000 of its laptop computers, according to a company spokesman.

The computers that were sold between February 1 and November 30 last year may have flawed memory modules that can cause data to be lost or corrupted. The defective memory was manufactured by Micron Technology.

Dell and Micron are working out financial arrangements to pay the cost of replacing the defective memory, a Micron spokesperson said. Neither company would estimate the cost to replace the up to 400,000 pieces of defective memory shipped to Dell last year. "It's an immaterial cost to Dell," claimed Dell's Rob Crawley.

Dell has begun notifying customers who bought the possibly defective Latitude and Inspiron laptop models to run a memory test to determine whether their machines are affected. If they are, Dell will arrange to replace the memory.

Intel won an important round in its legal battle with Intergraph, when the judge presiding over the case dismissed Intergraph's remaining antitrust claims against the chip giant.

In the ruling, US District Court Judge Edwin Nelson denied a claim by Intergraph that Intel had acted unlawfully in order to maintain monopoly power in the PC microprocessor market. Intel had previously filed a motion for summary judgment on the issue.

In its lawsuit filed in 1997, Intergraph accused Intel of using several Intergraph patents in the design of Intel's Pentium-type processors. When Intergraph tried to enforce its patent rights, Intergraph said in the complaint, Intel harmed the smaller firm by denying it access to information about future Intel products. Intergraph said it needed the information to build its workstations.

Lexmark International (Australia) has announced huge price reductions on two of its inkjet printers for the consumer market.

The RRP of Lexmark's 3200 Colour Jetprinter has been reduced from $279 to $249, and the 5770 Photo Jetprinter price has decreased by $300 from $699 to an RRP of $399.


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