Feeds

Intel could have same timing problem as AMD

Confusion reigns after Microsoft's software glitch

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

A problem with a software timing loop in Windows 95 has re-emerged but this time it is Intel, rather than AMD, which appears to have difficulties. Motherboard manufacturer Gigabyte, one of the most successful third party manufacturers for Intel, is stressing the fact that it is providing what it calls the Intel PIIX4 Patch Utility for Windows 95 with 370-pin Celeron motherboards it is supplying. A source close to the Taiwanese company said: "I think this is a problem with the software timing with Win95 but at speeds of 333MHz and 350MHz." Three weeks ago, Intel denied point blank it suffered from the problem, after rival AMD found itself in difficulties over $35 Microsoft wanted to charge dealers for the workaround. But a senior architect, who declined to be named, said the patches were unrelated. He said: "Not that it's not entirely possible that the same timing loop problem in Win95 affects Intel (and maybe Cyrix too) CPUs ...but the PIIX4 patch that I've seen fixes a different problem, one having to do with chipset IDE ports. "Briefly, Win32 uses keyed info in INF files as tokenized how-to info on accessing system resources. The Intel 430 HX and TX chipsets, with the PIIX3 and PIIX4 chips before, were released after Win95, so the OS doesn't recognize the chips with their secret signatures, assumes that there's default hardware on its motherboard, and misbehaves. "The patch consists largely of updated INF files describing the newer chipset hardware. Abit has also provided this info for their customers, and Intel still has the update on their website." A representative from Intel said he was unaware of such a problem. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.