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  1.    1 Week Ago #221
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    Quote Originally Posted by bordi View Post
    How to update your Microcode

    A fat lot of good it did me, still can’t install RS-4s even after the microcode update

    But for Reference

    All instructions and downloads here:

    https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-cpu-microcode-update-driver?ClickID=dbttwcwzxmcs0xcx0oyz0xysko2yycokkybk

    And you’ll need the microcode from here:

    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/dow...-Data-File?v=t
    Great to see that you're alive and kicking again on the IP builds.

    Just checked, and sure enough, Intel updated the microcode for almost every processor they have made in the last 10+ years at that second link - dated 8 Jan 2018 now.

    I think I might try to run this update and see if it works out (or not).....
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  2.    1 Week Ago #222
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    And then I read this:

    This is our current schedule for BIOS updates related to these vulnerabilities:

    By end of this week*: Z170, Z270, Z370, X99, X299, Laptops.

    Within 1-2 weeks*: X79, W888, Z87, Z97.

    *Please note that this date is projected, contingent on receiving source code from Intel, and final testing may push the dates back temporarily.

    At this point, we do not have source code from Intel to update X58, P67, or Z77 motherboards. When/if that becomes available, I'll provide an update.
    Posted by eVGA's Technician LeeM in their forums....

    Sigh.
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  3.    1 Week Ago #223
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    Thank mate




    Not sure one has anything to do with the other; I don’t think it is related to the vulnerabilities

    The way I understand it is, Microsoft has always released the latest version of Microcode Data Files but only for Linux operating systems.

    By using the “VMware CPU Microcode Update Driver” we are cheating and are able to update the Intel processors with the latest microcode onto an otherwise unsupported and abandoned processors

    “Detailed Description
    Purpose
    This microcode data file contains the latest microcode definitions for all Intel processors. Intel releases these updates periodically. These microcode data files correct processor behavior as documented in the respective processor specification guidelines.

    While the regular approach to getting this microcode update is via a BIOS update, Intel realizes that this can be an administrative hassle. The Linux* operating system has a mechanism to update the microcode after booting. For example, this file will be used by the operating system mechanism if the file is placed in the /etc/firmware directory of the Linux system.”

    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/dow...-Data-File?v=t
    Last edited by bordi; 1 Week Ago at 02:48.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #224
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    Yeah, Intel has. But the BIOS is more than *just* CPU microcode.
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  5.    1 Week Ago #225
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    Quote Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
    Yeah, Intel has. But the BIOS is more than *just* CPU microcode.
    It’s not even that, it’s only a temporary microcode software solution because it doesn’t eve modify the BIOS in anyway
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  6.    5 Days Ago #226
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    Correct. However, Intel has been releasing the CPU microcode for a long time- it didn't just start doing it after Meltdown and Spectre was revealed to it.

    And, in a sense it is temporary, because it can always be removed - but in a sense, it is not, because as long as the code exists in the correct path, the Linux kernel will load the microcode and supersede what is already loaded at boot from the BIOS (or, unless my memory fails me, the kernel is not compiled to load extra modules on boot - like I did with my kernel. I compiled it specifically for my hardware and allowed for very few additions (USB drives being the main exception I can think of).

    Windows has no mechanism for doing this.
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  7.    5 Hours Ago #227
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    I can’t bear to throw it away, perfectly good processor and ram.
    Might get another second-hand motherboard and PSU.
    I have all the rest of it
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