processor

Fri
26
May
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How to Fix: Disable 'Unsupported Hardware' Error when attempting to Download Windows Updates

Infopackets Reader Sam T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded my motherboard and CPU to the Intel Core i7 7700k processor which is very fast! I loaded Windows 7 onto the machine and everything was working great - that is, until I went to ... check for Windows Updates and I received the error: ' Unsupported Hardware / Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows. Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version that you are currently using, your system will miss important security updates.' Is there any way to prevent this 'unsupported ... (view more)

Fri
12
Jun
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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)

Fri
27
Mar
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Does Windows 10 require the CPU to support PAE?

Infopackets Reader Michael E. writes: " Dear Dennis, Do you know if Windows 10 (including Windows 10 Technical Preview) requires Physical Address Extension (PAE) support for the processor? " My response: That's an interesting question. The short ... answer is that yes, Windows 10 requires that your processor supports PAE. The good news is that the PAE feature has been available in most processors since 2003, so if your computer is 12 years old or newer, it's a safe bet that you don't have anything to worry about. Windows 8 and Windows 10 PAE Support In general, Windows 10 ... (view more)

Fri
26
Jul
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New Nexus 7 Features 1080p Display, Higher Price

Google has unveiled the next version of its popular, budget-priced Nexus 7 tablet computer. The newest Nexus 7 features a 1080p high-definition display, a quad-core processor, and a slightly higher price point. The original Nexus 7 was launched in ... mid-2012. Featuring a 7-inch display (hence the name), Google's Android mobile operating system (OS), and a $199 price tag, it was an instant success. The only thing sticking around from the previous model is the 7-inch screen. Faster Processor, Better Display, Bigger Price Everything else has changed: the price has ballooned to $229 (that's for ... (view more)

Mon
03
Dec
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Microsoft Surface Pro: Official Pricing Set

Microsoft has officially set the price for its upcoming Surface Pro tablet computer. When it goes on sale early next year, the device will retail for $899 and up. Microsoft's Surface tablet officially launched on October 26, 2012 (along with Windows ... 8), but observers made clear that was just one of the versions of the Surface that Microsoft has been developing. The Surface released in October runs Windows RT, a slimmer version of Windows 8 designed for portable devices with more limited hardware specifications. The new Surface Pro is capable enough to run a full-fledged version of Windows 8. ... (view more)

Thu
07
Apr
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'YoWindow 2.0.445', and 'Intel Processor Identification Utility 4.31'

YoWindow 2.0.445 YoWindow displays weather conditions using a nice, peaceful animated landscape so you can 'watch' the weather on your monitor instead of interpreting numbers. It's a new twist on viewing the weather commonly represented by numbers ... on a map: you see the picture instead of bare weather data. The location of the sun, moon, moon phase, sunrise and sunset times correspond to the actual values for a location! It's a very interesting and unique program. http://yowindow.com Intel Processor Identification Utility 4.31 The Intel Processor Identification Utility is provided by Intel ... (view more)

Sun
28
Nov
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Online Holiday Shopping? Read Dennis' Top 10 Recommendations

With over 30 years in computing experience, I'm often asked my opinion about computer hardware. Questions like, "What can I do to speed up my computer?", or "What type of laptop should I buy?" and things of that nature. Like anyone else, I love a ... good deal. In order to find the best deal possible, sometimes I spend an entire day shopping online to compare prices and features of similar components. Unfortunately, many of the "recommendations" I've read recently appear to be forged for the sake of making a sale, which means there's an awful lot of time wasted wading through ... (view more)

Fri
04
Sep
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More Detail: Win7 Energy Saving, Timer Coalescing

Microsoft and Intel have teamed up to promote Windows 7, both claiming that the new operating system (OS) is faster, more energy efficient, and that it takes advantage of Intel-based computers. Energy Savings for Multi-Processor Systems The new ... features relate to the way both the Windows system itself and individual applications draw on the processors at the heart of a computer. Previously, Windows would make regular automated demands on the processor as a matter of course. This automatically 'woke up' any processor that the application had allowed to become idle because it wasn't needed at ... (view more)

Fri
20
Jul
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Intel Launches 'Extreme' Chip Line

Fellow Infopackets blogger Carlo Orlando recently reported on Intel's interest in supplying the world's poorest children with $100 laptops . Despite such a charitable goal, the company appears ready to retain its hold on the premium processor ... market. That's why Intel has already released an ultra-powerful chip, called the Core 2 Extreme X7800. Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD, has been nothing but a thorn in the side of Intel in recent years. AMD beat Intel to the $100 laptop campaign, and over the course of the last twelve months or so, has effectively challenged for the top spot in next-gen ... (view more)

Thu
10
May
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Computer Basics, Part 1

I suppose it's time to roll up my sleeves and try to 'expose' the inner workings of the scary little box that's humming away on your desk. It's called a Personal Computer, no matter who designed and/or built it. It may have a name associated with it ... such as Macintosh (or Mac), Dell, IBM, Gateway, or any of a myriad of names depending where you live and what you decided to buy. No matter what name is associated, all desktop Personal Computers (or PCs) have a few basic components that are common. Laptop systems have the same array of components but they are usually not accessible like in a ... (view more)

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