Compaq PC to warn of impending crashes

After unveiling a line of notebooks in June, Compaq should be even busier this month when the Houston-based company introduces additional models in its high-end Deskpro line, unveils consumer desktop models for the home market, and continues its new marketing strategy of consolidating brand names.

After unveiling a line of notebooks in June, Compaq should be even busier this month when the Houston-based company introduces additional models in its high-end Deskpro line, unveils consumer desktop models for the home market and continues its new marketing strategy of consolidating brand names.

The high-end Deskpro models will feature faster processors, larger hard drives, and improved PC management and diagnostic features. The new diagnostic functions will include thermal sensors that will note when the CPU temperature is getting too high, as well as a 72-hour hard-disk crash- detection and notification feature, sources say. The units will also come with additional remote-management capabilities, according to sources.

"This is just going to be an upgrade before their total redo later this year," says Frank Dzubeck, analyst at Communications Network Architects, in Washington.

In addition to making moves in the corporate desktop arena, on July 15 Compaq will launch a raft of desktops aimed at the home user.

"These will be beefed up multimedia versions, with more sound, 3D, and all that," says one analyst familiar with the new line. "Compaq knows now that the real power users are in the home PC market."

At the same time, the company will attempt to streamline its product marketing strategy by consolidating all its corporate desktops under the Deskpro name, eliminating the ProLinea moniker.

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