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Fri
16
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: IAStorDataMgrSvc High CPU Usage

Infopackets Reader Ian S. writes: " Dear Dennis, Recently I noticed through Task Manager that I have very high CPU usage, even with the computer idle. I looked at Task Manager and it says that 'IAStorDataMgrSvc' is eating 25% of my CPU constantly. I ... read that this is an Intel program and that my computer's BIOS may not be set up properly, which is causing the problem. I also read that if I set the BIOS improperly (in order to correct the issue), my computer may get stuck in a blue screen loop. I am afraid to make any changes for fear that it may screw something up. Can you help? " My response ... (view more)

Tue
19
Jan
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MS to Ditch Support for Win7, 8 on Newer PCs Next Year

In a move surely to upset many users, Microsoft has said it will be ditching support for Windows 7 and 8.1 on most new PCs. Some other PCs will lose support next July, earlier than many expected. The change is to do with the Skylake micro ... architecture for processors released by Intel in August 2015. Many PCs purchased recently will be running Skylake, as will most in the future. Until now, Microsoft had promised to offer extended support for Windows 7 until January 2020 and for Windows 8.1 until January 2023. Extended support means Microsoft continues to fix bugs and issue security updates, ... (view more)

Fri
12
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Which Processor is Better: Intel or AMD? - Explained

Infopackets Reader Bob C. writes: " Dear Dennis, Which processor is better: Intel or AMD? The reason I ask is that my laptop is roughly 6 years old and it's time for me to purchase a new one. That said, I can't seem to find the definitive answer as ... to which processor I should get for my next laptop. AMD seems to have cheaper processors, whereas Intel processors are usually always much more expensive. Can you shed light on which processor is better? " My Response: I've been asked this question probably no less than a thousand times and the answer is quite simply: it ... (view more)

Thu
08
Jan
John Lister's picture

Intel Tops HP With Windows 8.1 'Stick PC'

The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is in full swing, with Hewlett Packard (HP) unveiling its $180 Windows 8.1 PC that's less than six inches square. Now, it appears that Intel is upping the ante with its Windows 8.1 computer that's just slightly ... larger than a USB thumb drive. Dubbed 'The Compute Stick,' the computer-on-HDMI is just four inches long. While the exact size is not yet confirmed, pictures suggest it's about an inch wide and around half an inch thick. Despite its tiny form factor, the device is as powerful as some entry level PCs seen in the market today. The ... (view more)

Tue
11
Jun
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Intel Shows Off World's Fastest Thumb Drive

Do you find the process of accessing content stored on USB sticks a tad too slow? Then you may be interested in what Intel is calling the "world's fastest thumb drive." The chip maker recently showed off the 128 gigabyte (GB) device -- which hasn't ... yet been given a formal name and remains in prototype form -- at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. The device uses Thunderbolt technology, which allows it to provide unprecedented data transfer speeds. Intel says this is the first data stick to use the Thunderbolt tech. (Source: pcworld.com ) Thunderbolt Thumb Drive: 2X the Speed of USB 3. ... (view more)

Thu
06
Jun
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Intel, Samsung Reveal TV, Tablet Partnerships

Hardware producer Samsung and chip maker Intel have announced a new partnership that will see the release of TVs specially built for streaming video from a computer. The technology is based around Intel's new fourth-generation 'Haswell' processor . ... Samsung and Intel say the plan is based on the integration of Intel's Wireless Display technology into Samsung high-definition television sets. The firms say this will eliminate any need for a separate receiver to play content from a PC on a TV. Haswell Processors Built to Stream Video Wireless Display technology is a new feature of Intel's Haswell ... (view more)

Wed
05
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Intel, ARM Go to War Over Mobile Market

The rivalry between processor makers Intel and ARM is heating up and that may mean cheaper prices on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Historically, both firms have been dominant in very different markets. Most laptop PCs use Intel ... processors that are very powerful but drain a battery in just a few hours. Meanwhile, cellphones and smartphones most commonly run processors based on ARM technology. These processors are less powerful, thereby restricting the range of functions available on the device. However, they also place less pressure on a device's battery. The line between these ... (view more)

Tue
28
May
Dennis Faas's picture

New 'Haswell' Chips to Boost Battery Life, Intel Says

Intel says its new line of Core processors, tentatively known as 'Haswell' chips, will completely change the way we think about laptop battery life. The firm says its new chips could extend laptop battery life by up to 50 per cent. Intel says that ... it focused exclusively on laptops and tablet computers when designing the new Haswell chips. Rani Borkar, Intel Architecture Group's corporate vice president and general manager, insists that the goal all along was to produce processors that simply consume less power. Intel Seeks Tricky Balance Between Power Consumption and Performance However, ... (view more)

Tue
30
Apr
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Intel Car Headlight Features Projector, Processor

Intel and a team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully created a "smart automobile headlight" prototype designed to reduce the number of hazardous incidents caused by inclement weather. The design features a three-part interior ... comprised of a projector, camera, and processor. The projector extends outward, as would the headlight of a standard vehicle. Beneath the projector sits a camera that is able to capture the speed and outline of a falling rain drop, snowflake, etc. The camera relays this information to the adjoining processor, which makes a prediction as to the ... (view more)

Thu
01
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

'StartMenu8 Beta', and 'Intel Solid State Drive (SSD) Toolbox 3.1'

StartMenu8 Beta StartMenu8 is specially designed for computers running Microsoft's new Windows 8. It offers a great solution for users who like working with the Windows Start menu and are not accustomed to the new tile-based start screen in Windows ... 8. This free software utility restores both the start button and the Windows Start menu. http://www.iobit.com Intel Solid State Drive (SSD) Toolbox 3.1 The Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox is a free "drive management" software system that allows you to view the current drive information for Intel Solid-State Drives. It also allows you to ... (view more)

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