A CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the chip responsible for actually "doing" most the instructions given to a computer.

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Change CPU reported name on Virtualbox or Vmware Guest OS

I want to find a way to change the name of the cpu on the Guest OS of a virtual machine (either virtualbox or vmware). For example, while my real pc has an intel i5-5200u I want the virtual machine ...
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All of a suden CPU over heat error on boot

I recently moved houses and took my desktop computer with me. Before moving, I dusted it out using compressed air and took the heat sink off the CPU and dusted it out too. When I reassembled the ...
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operations process in a computer

Is it true that all high-level operations in a computer (say, copying, pasting, web surfing, running apps etc) are all finally converted to micro-operations (say, arithmetic, logical and shift) and ...
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I am running Eclipse Mars 4.5 , My CPU usage goes beyond 100% and suddenly all system stops

My system Info:: Model: Dell vostro 1015 RAM: 4 GB (2 GB extended) Processor: CORE 2 Duo Software's installed Eclipse Mars(STS and M2E plugins installed) MySql Crome Quick Heal Antivirus I have ...
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LGA775 motherboard cpu support

My motherboard says it doesn't support Pentium D 925, 935, 945. It supports 920, 930, 940, 950 but I inserted 925 and it worked. Could it cause any problems or incompatibility in some stuff? Why it ...
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Is the computer BIOS specific to an architecture

Is the BIOS manufactured with the processor in mind? Suppose I have a 32Bit Intel processor and I wish to to upgrade to a 64 Bit Intel later. (Assume this is possible & not just a switch ...
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How would I go about overclocking my Intel Pentium N3700?

I've searched all over the 'net for this one, and I couldn't really find anything that would allow me to overclock my CPU. My CPU model is an Intel Pentium N3700 quad-core operating at 1.6 GHz base ...
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Does the CPU or motherboard throttle?

Can a CPU throttle itself, or is it the motherboard that does it? By throttle, I mean when the CPU underclocks and undervolts itself due to high temperatures.
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Linux cpu hotplug not working as expected

I'm testing linux cpu hotpluging on normal desktop 8-core AMD machine. Problem seems that after onlining a CPU again taskset and kernel refuses to move and/or schedule any tasks on the core. E.g. ...
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CPU (with integrated GPU) UPGRADE with Linux Mint (from old Pentium G620 to i7-3770)

I have a system based on Linux Mint working very well, I am really happy of it but I am a newbie with Linux, only 2 years I use it and I cannot solve every problem simply like I was able with my old ...
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Windows 7 running slowly despite having lots CPU and memory free

This is my computer spec: Intel i7 2500k @ 3.4ghz Win7 64bit 16gb of ram Radeon HD 6800 My computer is starting to run progressively slower; for example, when switching between programs i.e. Excel ...
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Reading CPU model specific registers on linux

I am running Ubuntu 15.10 but testes it also on Debian. I have Intel i5-5675C processor. I am using msr-tools-1.3 to do it. I am able to read register 0x00001a2 with the following command: rdmsr ...
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Turn off HyperThreading without BIOS

I need to turn off HyperThreading from my i5-3210 notebook since it hinders my IDE performance. My i3 took about 10+ seconds from compile to run in my Android VM, same code runs in my AMD in about 10 ...
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Does such a cache (unreduce) actually exist?

I'm reading about cache replacement algorithms and one states (source, page 37) Def. A reduced schedule is a schedule that only inserts an item into the cache in a step in which that item is ...
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Desktop suddenly turned off and won't turn on again

My desktop suddenly shut down and it does not turn on again. I have tested the PSU with the paperclip trick and the fan started to spin. What do I do from here to know what is broken? There is no ...
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Crackling Audio issues on LACK of CPU load

I have been trying to track down an intermittent crackling audio issue for YEARS now to no avail. I've checked DPC, memory pagefiles, etc... back when I was running Win7 -- which also had the issue (...
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Dxdiag result about CPU

My customer sent me dxdiag result in txt file. For the processor section it says Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v3 @ 2.30GHz (20 CPUs) The "20 CPUs" in parenthesis confused me. This CPU has 10 cores. ...
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Where does a mov instruction exactly execute in a modern cpu (considering an 80x86 assembly language)?

I'm a bit confused where a simple mov instruction executes as from the components I know a modern cpu usually has I see no place where it could be executed, I know that in a simplified Von Neumann ...
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System crashes with following Machine Error (screenshot included)

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. CPU: Intel Core i7 950. Memory: 3x2GB Kingston DDR3-1066. GPU: Gigabyte ATI 5670. HDD: Seagate Baracudda XT - 2TB. Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14.04 dual-boot. Today it ...
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What is the primary reason more RAM makes a computer faster?

Whilst studying for an exam I read that more RAM decreases the number of page faults. Given that handling a page fault can cost many millions of CPU cycles is this the primary reason more RAM will ...
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VirtualBox 100 percent CPU usage

I have MacOS as the host (El Capitain) and Windows 7 as a guest - however the CPU rises up to 105 %, even when it is idle. I have searched the web, eventually found this thread here on SU, but have ...
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Computer shuts down 10sec after turn on

I have a VAIO VPC-EA2GFX/B, and the OS is upgraded to Windows 10. The fan is commonly running at full speed. I tried all trouble shooting I found on net, but could not solve the issue. Finally, I ...
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Allow browser to use more cores

I wrote an algorithm with JavaScript. When I execute it in Google Chrome, it takes about 30min, which is quite long. When I open the task manager during the computation, I can see that Chrome takes ...
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CPU temperate stuck and fan at maximum speed

I have a Dell Inspiron 5548 (i7-5500U, 16GB RAM) and I'm running Fedora 24 with kernel 4.5.1. I noticed the internal fan will stay at maximum speed (5500-5600RPM) forever while the CPU temperature ...
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Low FPS in games despite low GPU/CPU usage

My system: CPU: AMD FX-6350 @ 3.9Ghz GPU: AMD Radeon R9 280X RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz PSU: Antec HGC-620M 620W SDD: Crucial 256GB SSD OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit As the title says. At first I ...
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PC won't POST w/ Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB

Issue I've just received a new pair of Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8GB) 1.35V DDR3L 2133MHz but my system does not boot and shows a 53/55 error code. Current setup Interestingly the PC boots ...
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Disadvantages of Integrated Graphics Processor

I recently upgraded pretty much everything on two of my systems but my NVIDIA GeForce 210 1GB Graphic Cards. One of my system has Intel Core i3 4130 which has Intel HD Graphics 4400 and the second ...
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Are cores in a CPU package always identical?

By identical, I mean having the same signature - family, model, stepping and brand string of the CPU (which essentially identifies a CPU model uniquely) If I'm not wrong, a CPU package goes into a ...
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Intel Management Engine or Collaborative Processor Performance Control throttling

This is a laptop. Before I installed Intel's Collaborative Processor Performance Control Driver and Management Engine, for very demanding jobs my cpu would go up to 95C and the fan would go up to ...
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Some errors occur on fresh installed windows 7

First, here's my machine's specifications (refer below) Motherboard: GA H81M DS2 REV3, Processor: Intel core i3 4170, Graphics card: GTX 950 2GB GDDR5 128bit, RAM: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Kingston HyperX Fury ...
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Motherboard or CPU dead?

I have an Asus Z8NA-D6C Motherboard with dual sockets for Intel Xeon CPUs. When I go to power up the system, however, I receive no post beep codes unless I fully remove the RAM. Any suggestions? CPU: ...
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Can I share CPU over network?

I have two desktops (one of which I'm using as a server), my main machine has a weaker i5 cpu, my server has a stronger i7 cpu. On my main machine I am experiencing stutters because the CPU often runs ...
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Cpu fan does not speed up according to heat level

I have just changed my motherboard, ram and processor. Everything is going fine but fan speed when cpu heats. Fan speeds do not change according to cpu temperature. I have tried to open smart fan ...
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Hyper-Threading (SMT) Affinity and Equality

This question goes out to the Intel gurus that I know are out there. Are both threads on a physical CPU treated equally? As we know, hyper threading on intel CPUs is a system in which each physical ...
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How much RAM does my motherboard support?

I have Intel(R)Core(TM)i5-4460 CPU@3.20GHz and motherboard from ASROCK-B85Mpro4. Right now I'm having 12GB RAM running in it. My development programs are eating my memory and there are two free slot ...
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Low frame rate in every game with capable enough hardware

MSI Afterburner Monitoring Counter-Strike : Global Offensive: Sleeping Dogs: Facts and observations CPU and GPU not fully utilized. FPS stays around 20 - 25 in every game. Temperatures are ...
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Is my CPU temperature increase speed normal?

I have a Pentium D 2.8GHz CPU and I am concerned about its temperature. I would leave it off and wait a good day or so (have a nap). I would then turn it on I go straight into BIOS and straight into ...
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Why do x86 CPUs only use 2 out of 4 rings?

So either Linux or Windows based x86 systems only use ring 0 for kernel mode and ring 3 for user mode. Why do processors even distinguish four different rings if they all end up using just two of them ...
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Laptop CPU temperatures: 65°C in idle, 100+°C in heavy load

The laptop is a 4 years old Asus N56VZ, ambient temperature is around 25°C. I've already unmounted the laptop, cleared the (not much) dust and changed the original thermal paste with Arctic MX-4, ...
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Is damage from static discharge always immediately evident on a CPU?

I bought a used CPU on ebay, and after the person shipped it they told me to be careful opening the box because it's coming wrapped in printed newspaper in a box. No antistatic bag or proper ...
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Chrome.exe runs on its own and drains my processor power

I see like 15-20 chrome.exe processes in task manager and yes I know chrome uses several processes to separate workload. But the worst part is, I din't even oppened Chrome and yet I see those 20 ...
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Windows 10 does not see second CPU

I have Dell Precision T5400 workstation with two Intel Xeon x5450 (quad core) processors, and I installed Windows 10 Pro (updated from 8.1 Pro), and OS see just one processor. Device manager see 8 ...
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CPU DDR2 compatibility

I'm looking to upgrade the CPU on a laptop, and am having a hard time verifying the DDR type of CPUs. The laptop has a T5250. So, for upgrading, I'm looking at the X7900 and T9500, which are the two ...
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My work is slowing down other users on the same machine

I am working on a university computer. I am trying to run a job which is apparently slowing other users down. I ran 'top' to see what was going on. I was running near 100% of the CPU, but I think ...
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Computer suffers thermal shutdown without first trying thermal throttling

My laptop has an i7-4710MQ processor and a Nividea GeForce GTX 970m inside. Recently I have noticed it performs unexpected, thermal shutdowns during gaming. It does not appear as though either the ...
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Overclock a Core I3 6100 by BCLK without modified BIOSes?

I can't find any information about if it's possible to overclock a Core I3 6100 without special bioses (without exploiting the loophole door) through BCLK -but an I7 6700 non-k sure can-. I don't want ...
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At what temperature I should install another cooler for the processor?

I have a Intel dual core processor, code name Ivy Bridge, frequency ~3GHz, max TDP is 55.0W. I use Core Temp to monitor the temperature while all cores are at nearly 100% load. The temperature ...
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Any Way to Throttle Google Chrome CPU/RAM Usage in OSX?

Google Chrome uses quite a bit of RAM and processing power on my Mac. It's a fairly new (Early 2015) Macbook Pro with 16GB of ram and 2.9Ghz CPU. Still google chrome always shows up on apps using ...
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Building your own PC computer, is there a process checklist?

I have just built a new pc. I installed all the components and checked all cable connections. But when I turned it on the first time it did nothing, except the fans ran and several leds lit up. There ...
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Can't install Intel HAXM with i5-6260U - apparently it doesn't support VT-x?

I'm trying to install Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager (HAXM) for improved virtual Android devices. Taken from the this page, the hardware requirements are; Hardware Requirements: ...