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All posts tagged "error"


Monday, January 31, 2011

Intel Identifies Serious Chipset Error on Sandy Bridge Support Chip, Halts Shipment

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 12:00 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/intel-ide...ries-6-chipsets

"This morning, Intel announced it had detected a serious error in one of the support chips that ships with its 2nd Generation Core Series CPUs (aka Sandy Bridge), and has stopped shipment of the affected chipsets while it manufactures new versions of the chip for shipment to customers in late February. The company expects full volume recovery in April and, accordingly adjusted its revenue projections lower by about $300 million. Due to the delays in shipping the chipset, OEMs may also choose to delay shipping some or all of the their new Sandy Bridge notebooks, though none of the notebook vendors has commented yet."

Given the incredibly complexity of the technology we use today, it's somewhat surprising problems don't happen more often - but Intel is certainly doing the right thing in jumping on this issue before it impacts the wider public. It seems the lessons they learned from the Pentium floating point bug back in the '90s haven't been forgotten.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Slightly Expensive Mistake With a Laptop Battery

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 07:00 AM

I think cautionary tales are a good way to learn, so here's one for you: several years back, I bought a Toshiba M50 laptop for my wife. It worked well enough for her needs, and a few years later I sold it to my younger sister who was looking for a basic computer. She's been using it ever since, but of course by now the battery can't hold a charge longer than a few minutes. She was complaining it was even slower than normal, so I took a look, cleared out some junk and a few virii (Windows XP...sigh) and brought it back up to speed (such that it is). Read more...


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