Windows 10: Meltdown, spectre and old motherboard and CPU.

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  1. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home April 2018 Update 64-bit
       09 Jan 2018 #21

    banger said: View Post
    They told me my motherboard is too old to be updated so I run the risk of AV not catching anything or get a new machine which I dont really have the money to do!
    The crazy part is that buying a new machine doesn't fully resolve this either. The fact that MSI support refers to your mb instead of your cpu probably means that they think you ment the recent Intel ME vulnerability, which you aren't affected by. There's not much users with older boards and processors can do to protect themselves againts Spectre at this point in time (or at least not that I'm aware of), unless this microcode can be updated without a BIOS code, which apparently some users told me it is possible. Contact MSI and demand a BIOS update, I will do it tomorrow because I haven't gotten one for my X99
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  2. Posts : 397
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
    Thread Starter
       09 Jan 2018 #22

    Thanks Faith I will open another ticket. I did originally open a ticket about Meltdown but now have included Spectre. Let me know if you get a BIOS update?
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  3. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home April 2018 Update 64-bit
       09 Jan 2018 #23

    I will let you know in here tomorrow
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  4. Posts : 62
    Windows 10 Home /Windows 7 Home
       09 Jan 2018 #24

    margrave55 said: View Post
    And yet another Internet rumor takes root.
    I'm not insinuating that it is a certainty, however we know that it isn't impossible, history shows us this.
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    Windows 7/64 Professional
       09 Jan 2018 #25

    I am understanding the problem is in the CPU's.
    Updating a motherboard bios does not up date the CPU or Windows.

    That being said if a motherboard bios is need for what ever reason, well so be it.
    I installed the newest bios before I installed Windows 10 about 2 weeks ago. It was for memory management.
    I still check every day or two to see if anything pops up about bios updates.
    If a new bios update comes along, just read what the bios update is for. What does it fix.
    If I don't have the problem is fixes, I wait until I need a bios update.

    I still watch this forum and and the Seven Forum for any news.
    We have a lot of members looking for any kinds of news. Plus we have form management keep us informed.

    Jack
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  6. Posts : 397
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
    Thread Starter
       09 Jan 2018 #26

    BIOS updates microcode on every boot, or Linux kernel does too but apparently Windows 10 is not able or MS is not willing to do this.
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    Windows 7/64 Professional
       09 Jan 2018 #27

    Well I don't really know what is doing what between the Bios, Windows and the CPU.
    All I know I have checked both my Asus motherboard and neither one is affected.
    I keep my systems updated and wait for news.

    Jack
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  8. Posts : 397
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
    Thread Starter
       09 Jan 2018 #28

    How did you check?
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  9. Posts : 992
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       09 Jan 2018 #29

    Post # 28
    How did you check?

    In your case I would look for.

    Google - MS 7360 P35 V1.0 bios update
    If you find the needed update, use your motherboard manual or a youtube video to learn how to do the update.

    I just looked for your bios update and the one I found was.

    P35 Neo MS 7360 Bios Update
    am: 29. September 2011, 21:44:16

    Because you have a very old motherboard (DDR-2 ram) you might not get a update.

    Hope this helps.

    Jack
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  10. Posts : 397
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
    Thread Starter
       09 Jan 2018 #30

    I have been getting in an argument with someone on another forum as they were saying the Windows patch is sufficient to protect against meltdown but my PS script says the patch is not enabled due to no hardware support. I googled the BIOS and I have the latest produced BIOS installed.

    The poster who was arguing the software patch by MS is enough posted this link in his defence CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar • The Register
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