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Camino mobos go on sale

All the lurid details of Intel's delayed Camino motherboards have emerged at US site NECX Direct where you can actually place an order for the little devils, should you feel brave enough (and don't mind waiting). The Cape Cod CC820 comes with or without SoundBlaster 128 audio on board and features AGP4X (backwards compatible …
Pete Sherriff, 15 May 2000
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Save over 50 per cent on a 1GHz PC

It is a truth universally acknowledged that early adopters (aka people with more money than sense) pay through the nose to be the first kid on the block with the latest, greatest processor. A 1.0GHz Pentium III would set you back a cool $990 apiece if you could find 1,000 of them. An Athlon of the same speed comes in at $1,299. …
Pete Sherriff, 14 Mar 2000
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MS Win2k video drivers vanish between gold and retail code

When does 2195 not equal 2195? Why, when it refers to the build number of Windows 2000, of course. Attempting to discover why a system that ran happily under the gold code version of Win2K refused to have anything to do with AGP graphics when upgraded to the full retail version of the OS, we discovered that there are two sorts …
Pete Sherriff, 02 Mar 2000
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Intel positions Celeron against Athlon

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Chipzilla was snug inside its ivory tower, pouring scorn on the 'imitators'. Everything in the garden was rosy and world+dog waited eagerly for every speed bump Intel deigned to release. At the low end, the chip behemoth poured scorn on little Cyrix and its System on a Chip …
Pete Sherriff, 01 Mar 2000
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Intel's ‘Kicking’ Pat Gelsinger changes sex at IDF

Poor old kicking Pat Gelsinger. Not only does he have to put up with the likes of The Register's very own Mike Magee at the Intel Developer Forum this week, but the uncreasingly awful ZDNet adds insult to injury by asserting that Pat is now of the female persuasion. Ace reporter Matthew Broersma writes today (only 72 hours late …
Pete Sherriff, 18 Feb 2000
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Willamette it or won't it?

Intel's new wonder chip, codenamed Willamette, is, according to official leaks from Chipzilla central, due for launch in October. Slightly less official, but usually reliable, sources close to the chip behemoth tell us that Willamette is due to start sampling in July. This would be about right for a sampling date for an October …
Pete Sherriff, 10 Feb 2000
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Ageism has no place at Sun – 500 year olds welcome

When The Register's own favourite PR person, Doctor Spinola, applied for a job at Dell a few months back, he was somewhat dismayed to discover that the Great Satan of Hardware deemed his 27 years' experience in the industry to be insufficient for their needs. He should consider himself lucky he didn't try Sun -- a couple of …
Pete Sherriff, 07 Feb 2000
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Willamette coming real soon now

The headless chicken scenario at Intel goes from strength to strength. As OEMs queue up to build Athlon-based systems, the once-almighty Chip behemoth is plumbing new depths in the panic department. Not content with being unable to supply enough Coppermine Pentium III chips, Athlon's performance is forcing Intel to torture the …
Pete Sherriff, 01 Feb 2000
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Upgraders to Win2k face graphics drivers gotchas

Windows 98 users keen to upgrade to Windows 2000 next month might do well to hold off while graphics drivers get more battle-ready. According to Microsoft's compatibility lists, scads of video adapters meet the Windows 2000 logo programme requirements, but it would be a mistake to think that this means they'll all run properly …
Pete Sherriff, 26 Jan 2000
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Win2K pains Pete Sherriff

The world+dog is hardly short of stories about Windows 2000 and how such wonderments as the Active Directory will make the IT department's life so simple that even a complete idiot could get a job in tech support. But The Register thought it might be interesting to see how a regular Joe, or even Pete, got on with installing it. …
Pete Sherriff, 24 Jan 2000
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Journalists to meet in pub shocker

Computer Weakly, the UK's best IT publication (Eh? -Ed), is stuck out in the wilds of Surrey on the 110th floor of the Ministry of Magazines, so can claim with some justification that it is somewhat detached from the throbbing heart of the Metropolis. Indeed, after each new round of IT publishing mergers and takeovers,hacks …
Pete Sherriff, 21 Jan 2000
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Linux guru set to topple Intel

Not content with winning the 1999 Formula 1 World Championship and reducing Microsoft to a mere shadow of its former self, Linus Torvalds now has his sights set firmly on putting Intel out of business. Torvalds, along with the terribly rich financier George Soros and the even terribly richer Paul Allen of Microsoft, will unveil …
Pete Sherriff, 19 Jan 2000
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Intel Geyserville due Tuesday

Back in July, in a rare accurate prediction, The Register's erstwhile seeress, Old Mother Chipton, predicted that Intel's Geyserville (aka Speedstep) mobile Pentium IIIs wouldn't arrive until Q1 2000 despite being billed for September '99 shipment. Tomorrow the little poppets are due to be born, initially in 633MHz guise and …
Pete Sherriff, 17 Jan 2000
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Microsoft Year 2000 fails to impress

The long-awaited launch of Microsoft Year 2000(tm) turned out to be a damp squib, according to most industry watchers. Despite a development spend of well over $3Bn and an intensive, five-year marketing campaign; MSY2K has failed to live up to expectations. The feature list for the new product included aircraft falling from the …
Pete Sherriff, 01 Jan 2000
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Intel re-draws map, re-jigs Merced roadmap

Several weeks ago, we noticed that Intel thought Europe spanned the entire distance between Galway and Vladivostok on its Channel pages. (See Intel brokers Russian entry into Europe). Now it has realised the error of its ways and has moved the word Europe from the centre of the steppes and close to the gulag, back to where most …
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Oh no! It's Intel FDIV time again!

As if it weren't enough that you can't buy Coppermine Pentium IIIs for love nor money, the latest list of erratanotbugs on the Intel Web site (over 60 and counting) includes one guaranteed to send a shiver down the spines of everyone at Satan Clara: "E56. It is possible that a negative sign bit may be incorrectly applied to the …
Pete Sherriff, 09 Dec 1999
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Pete Sherriff reads Computer Weakly

Publishing giant Reed (home of such terrific titles as Water Power and Dam Construction, Electric Drives and the terminally dull Computer Weakly), has announced it is to specialise in "New Media". But clicking on the link on the Weakly site results in the following fascinating story: Issue date: 6 December 1999 Microsoft …
Pete Sherriff, 06 Dec 1999
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Non-Intel Processor Serial Numbers around for 20 years

Chipzilla's much-maligned PSN is not the first system serial number. Sun has had a hardware serial number coded into each system (as have most Unix hardware vendors) since the early 80s. Most large (aka expensive) Unix software is usually locked to a certain system serial number to prevent piracy. "Sun puts a serial number -- …
Pete Sherriff, 02 Dec 1999
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AMD: Pete Sherriff a very young man – official

The Sherriff may be an enigma wrapped in a mystery to some folks, but was flattered to find that delegates at the AMD investor conference (no telephone booth jokes please --Ed) apparently felt strongly enough to hold a debate as to his (or her) true identity. Amidst the electronic sackload of emails generated by yesterday's …
Pete Sherriff, 30 Nov 1999
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Intel PSN no threat to personal freedom

So Intel faces yet another threatened blockade on those pesky Pentium IIIs with their evil Processor Serial Numbers, does it? Give us strength. The STOA (scientific and technological options assessment) committee is presenting its findings to the European Parliament, in connection with the development of surveillance technology …
Pete Sherriff, 29 Nov 1999
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Intel aims for mobo, processor FUD

Remember the Intel Overdrive processors? This was Chipzilla's attempt to flog user-upgradeable processors to provide a straightforward power boost to ageing systems. A year or so back, Intel chopped the whole range claiming that hardly anyone upgraded anyway, they just went out and bought an entire new system. Now Chipzilla is …
Pete Sherriff, 29 Nov 1999
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Intel Cape Cod mobo stinks

Yeah, we know you're all bored to death with Caminogate® stories, but this one will really get up Chipzilla's nose. The much-delayed, blah, blah, blah, i820 chipset finally saw the light of day in cut-down form, both the Rambus Vancouver (VC820) and SDRAM Cape Cod being restricted to a maximum of 512MB of RAM. There are still …
Pete Sherriff, 24 Nov 1999
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Intel brokers Russian entry into Europe

While world leaders were putting their feet up and enjoy a relaxing weekend in Florence, Italy, Chipzilla's negotiators have obviously been beavering away if a map at Intel’s channel website here is to be believed. For the former Soviet Union is labelled 'Europe' with the last e a couple of hundred miles due north of …
Pete Sherriff, 23 Nov 1999
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Caminogate IV – We have no idea what you did last summer

The world+dog knows that Chipzilla's chipset from Hell, Camino, has a problem counting above two when it comes to RDRAM DIMMS. Less well-known is the fact that two is -- by a remarkable coincidence -- also the maximum number of PC100 SDRAM modules that Intel's Cape Cod i820 mobo can deal with. Worse than that, if you want to mix …
Pete Sherriff, 23 Nov 1999
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Mobile phones going underground

A fantastic new £1.2 billion scheme will allow tragic cellphone users to tell their loved ones that they’re "on the train" from deep underground on the London tube. A consortium of leading telecommunication companies including Motorola and Racal Electronics will equip the entire network with the wonderful new system over the …
Pete Sherriff, 23 Nov 1999
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Chipzilla's Coppermine – we've got one

You might not be able to actually buy a Coppermine Pentium III right now, but early results from the RegMark Institute suggest you might want to put an order in - at least for one of the 100MHz FSB variants. As one of the lucky few to have a 700MHz/100MHz FSB CuMine to try, we can report that it runs just fine in an Intel Sun …
Pete Sherriff, 09 Nov 1999
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Is Intel sorted for Es?

It's been some time since The Sherriff took a cheap shot at Chipzilla's marketing goons, so we reckon they're well overdue for a slapping, as some English chums might say. What is it about Intel that it seems hell bent in confusing the world+dog at every opportunity? Not content with launching ten processors a week, Chipzilla …
Pete Sherriff, 09 Nov 1999
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Intel backs down on i740 support

Maybe Chipzilla is mellowing in its old age. The venerable i740 graphics chip may still be on the train to the gulag, but the chip behemoth has done a total U-turn on support. Interactive support was discontinued a month or so back, but it would appear that users have been bombarding Intel with complaints about being left in the …
Pete Sherriff, 08 Nov 1999
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Chipzilla chops chip

The first Pentium III to die has quietly shuffled off this mortal coil. The 450MHz part has been consigned to the chip gulag in the usual low-key manner -- no official announcement, it just stops being mentioned in despatches. The untimely death -- the poor little thing was only launched at the end of February -- was caused by …
Pete Sherriff, 03 Nov 1999
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Willamette due 2H 2000

We've been keeping a pretty close watch on Chipzilla's reaction to Athlon's success, as have a sizeable number of moles around the World. So when a normally reliable source tells us Willamette is coming real soon now, we pass that info on to our readers. It appears, however, that this time our sources got a bit ahead of …
Pete Sherriff, 29 Oct 1999
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Chipzilla to spill beans on Willamette later today

Intel appears to be about to come clean on the early launch of the 'Athlon killer' Willamette, as exclusively revealed here a couple of weeks back. Chipzilla is holding a web briefing for analysts only (don’t want any of those nasty press animals listening in, do we?) later today and CNET reports that Willamette will be high on …
Pete Sherriff, 28 Oct 1999
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AMD vs Intel – our readers write

So far almost 100 readers have given me a piece of their mind on yesterday's piece concerning Athlon posing no real threat to Intel. Some of the pieces of mind have been returned to their owners as they obviously need all the pieces they can lay their hands on, but the overwhelming view seems to be that a) AMD isn't a threat to …
Pete Sherriff, 28 Oct 1999
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Athlon no threat to Intel World dominance

It's awfully hip and trendy these days to spout on about how great it is that AMD has finally got its act together with a credible threat to Intel'sdominance. Athlon is winning plaudits from reviewers and Intel has shot itself in the foot yet again (how many feet does Chipzilla have? -- Ed) with the Caminogate cockup. And yes, …
Pete Sherriff, 27 Oct 1999
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Solaris on IA64 'is dead'…oh no it isn't

Fujitsu Siemens' decision to go with its own SPARC chip in its servers, rather than Sun's UltraSPARC III or Intel's Itanium (aka Merced) caused some of the UK's more rabid hacks to blether on about the death of Solaris on IA64. However, Sun itself, with a little help from Chipzilla engineers, has quietly got on with it and …
Pete Sherriff, 26 Oct 1999
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Solaris on IA-64 is undead

Fujitsu Siemens' decision to go with its own SPARC chip in its servers, rather than Sun's UltraSPARC III or Intel's Itanium (aka Merced) caused some of the UK's more rabid hacks to blether on about the death of Solaris on IA-64. However, Sun itself, with a little help from Chipzilla engineers, has quietly got on with it and …
Pete Sherriff, 26 Oct 1999
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Pssst… wanna buy a Camino mobo?

The dead hand of Chipzilla's marketing goons appears to have fallen on the shoulder of the plucky US Web site taking early orders for Camino mobos. US outlet NECX Direct had full details of the Cape Cod and Vancouver mobos up on its site last week (see Camino mobos go on sale), but the delayed (aka dysfunctional) Intel parts are …
Pete Sherriff, 26 Oct 1999
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Camino egg on face to be wiped away by i840?

If you were a major chip manufacturer with a problem chipset, you might like to have something on the back burner to take its place. And as luck would have it, Chizilla is in just such a position. Camino may have deposited a lot of egg on Intel's corporate face, but the Great Satan of Chips appears to have the luck of the devil …
Pete Sherriff, 19 Oct 1999
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Intel 1100MHz ‘Athlon killer’ to launch in December? Hmm..

Before we launch into this one below, we'd better say what we know about Willamette already. We know, from a highly reliable source, that Intel is going flat out to demo the silicon with a date at the end of January. We know that Intel was originally supposed to introduce it in 1998. We know that Intel is now saying 2000 and …
Pete Sherriff, 18 Oct 1999
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Whatever happened to… Intel's processor serial number?

Remember all the fuss about Intel's processor serial number back at the beginning of the year when The Processor Formerly Known As Katmai was launched? Gone a bit quiet, hasn't it? A quick trawl around the web failed to reveal anything going on at all. Even Zero Knowledge Systems, the Canadian outfit that tried to cash in on the …
Pete Sherriff, 15 Oct 1999
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Chipzilla risks humiliation with breakneck i820 launch

For a company which still likes to remind its employees of the FDIV flaw that caused early Pentia to lose their grip on mathematical reality, Chipzilla doesn't seem to learn (see Satan's little helpers get hammers out to i820 mobos). The knee-jerk reaction to early pressure at the low end from what Intel lovingly refers to as " …
Pete Sherriff, 15 Oct 1999
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Celeron III, anyone?

It pays to read the small print. When we looked at some leaked Intel roadmap pictures last week, we concentrated on the usual stuff about clock and bus speeds. But on a second glance, another interesting factoid can be seen. The entry level Celeron systems arriving in the next six months or so bear the legend "Celeron III" and, …
Pete Sherriff, 14 Oct 1999
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Camino to appear in Q1 2000, says Intel

Coppermine based Pentium IIIs will hit speeds of almost 800MHz sometime in Q2 next year, according to the latest leaks from Chipzilla’s roadmap. Internal Intel charts show a 733MHz (133MHz FSB with a 5.5x clock multiplier) part aimed at systems in the $1.5 - $2K price range and a mysterious '7XX' part for systems in the over $2K …
Pete Sherriff, 08 Oct 1999
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Merced now called Itanium

So the brand name for Merced is Intel Itanium, as revealed --sort of -- by The Register back in May. Still billed for launch in the middle of next year, the first IA64 chip is already sampling to a select few OEMs. And with the chip behemoth smarting from the Camino debacle, let's hope this one appears on time. Itanium processor …
Pete Sherriff, 04 Oct 1999
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Cadence SoCs it to Net phones, MP3

With Chipzilla and co blethering on about how wonderful Systems on a Chip will be, DeCadence's developers up in Silicon Glen have quietly got on with it and taped out the first SoC chip aimed at the burgeoning Internet telephony market. Working for French telephony outfit Aplio, which launched its standalone Voice over IP (VoIP …
Pete Sherriff, 29 Sep 1999
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When you wish upon a chipset

For obvious reasons, this story has a limited shelf life, so check out the links while you can Never let it be said Chipzilla doesn't look on the bright side, or at the very least bury its head in the sand. Obviously stunned into inactivity by the failure of Camino to appear on time (again), Intel's web sites still wear the rose …
Pete Sherriff, 29 Sep 1999
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Timing problem renders all Camino boards virtually useless

More details are emerging on Intel's woes with the ill-fated Camino chipset. Electronic Buyers' News in the US reports that the timing problem with the Rambus RIMMs stems from the fact that some of the motherboard traces are up to 10cm in length, causing timing-related signal integrity problems. If this is indeed the cause of …
Pete Sherriff, 29 Sep 1999
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Cam in no 820, your time is up

Oh dear, it's almost enough to make you feel sorry for poor old Chipzilla. Betting the farm on the whizz-bang i820 chipset and Rambus is starting to look like being a really bad move for the Great Satan of Chips. The inability of the 820 to run correctly on mobos with three memory slots is embarrassing enough, but those with …
Pete Sherriff, 28 Sep 1999
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Coppermine not sampling yet

Intel may have had a working Merced on show at its developer forum a few weeks back, but sources within the chip behemoth report that the next CPU, scheduled for launch next month, has yet to find its way to OEMs. The delay is possibly caused by the bringing forward of the 700 and 733MHz parts, originally due at the end of the …
Pete Sherriff, 22 Sep 1999
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Pentium III 600 overclocks as standard

Amidst the invective and praise heaped on my shoulders following last week's overclocking story, some interesting snippets emerged. Several readers claimed that Intel itself, while corporately standing on a chair screaming its lungs out at the very mention of overclocking, resorts to upping core voltages to achieve reliable …
Pete Sherriff, 21 Sep 1999
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Overclocking – just say yes/no/maybe

Well, at least we now know there’s a subject which generates as much passion as Linux out there in RegisterLand. Three days after our look at overclocking and the risks it poses (Story: Overclocking -- just say no), we have received almost 150 responses from readers. Some agree that overclocking is ill-advised; some say that …
Pete Sherriff, 20 Sep 1999