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Drivers for a CPU

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Wicked Klown

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Dec 20, 2000
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Has anyone heard of drivers for an AMD CPU, I was at another site and some guy was told to download new drivers for his CPU. Cause of where it say in Device Manager in Windows XP.
 

bobt17

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Nov 29, 2001
Location
Michigan
yup i'm running winxp home and i downloaded new drivers for my xp processor... not sure what they did tho i didnt see a difference
 

T20

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Jan 24, 2002
Location
Toronto, Canada
yes they do make a difference.

Make a clean install, then press alt-ctr-del. You will see proc usage is like 3-10% while doing nuthing or browsing the net. With the new drivers my CPU usage went to 0%-4%. I think it simply optimizes kernel for AMD's instruction set. Not sure ;)
 

David

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Feb 20, 2001
T20 said:
yes they do make a difference.

Make a clean install, then press alt-ctr-del. You will see proc usage is like 3-10% while doing nuthing or browsing the net. With the new drivers my CPU usage went to 0%-4%. I think it simply optimizes kernel for AMD's instruction set. Not sure ;)

Yes, the drivers provide support for AMD processors - allow MMX, 3dnow etc optomisations.

There will be similar ones for Pentium4s - using SSE/SSE2
 

The Coolest

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Jul 29, 2001
Are u 100% cause I really don't feel like downloading lots of stuff w/ a 56K modem, so I have to be 100% sure..
 

David

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The Coolest said:
Are u 100% cause I really don't feel like downloading lots of stuff w/ a 56K modem, so I have to be 100% sure..

I did it all on a 46.6k connection :D
Just leave it overnight if there are a lot of dls.
 

The Coolest

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I checked and downloaded some updates... but there were no driver updates for the CPU, only Sound card and NIC driver updates.. whacha think? I'm running WinXP on my Duron.
 

David

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Feb 20, 2001
Check out tweak XP - www.tweak-xp.com I think - this allows you to enable a CPU 'tweak' - supported tweaks are for AMD K6-2, K6-3, Duron, Athlon and Athlon Thunderbird, Cyrix M3, Intel Celeron A/II, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium III E/EB, Pentium4.