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

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Desktop remains on, display quits working, loud “skipping” noise follows

For the past 2-3 days, strange things have been going on with my desktop and its interaction with the monitor. While playing a game, my monitor went black as if my computer had been shut off. However, ...
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Troubleshooting processor upgrade, Paxville on Dell Precision 670

I've got a Dell Precision 670 with an XC837 motherboard and BIOS at version A07. I'm trying to upgrade this from using a single-core Celeron to a dual-core Paxville processor. When I install a single ...
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Asus Z97 Mark 2, i7-4790 getting CPU graphics to work

This is a new build. I've been trying for two days to get the CPU integrated graphics to work. The motherboard has a "displayport" connector which I have connected to my Asus PA246Q monitor, also ...
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Do the temperatures indicate my laptop healthy?

The temperatures of my Thinkpad T400 are: acpitz-virtual-0 Adapter: Virtual device CPU_0: +57.0°C (crit = +127.0°C) CPU_1: +56.0°C (crit = +100.0°C) thinkpad-isa-0000 Adapter: ISA ...
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Unexpected overclock frequencies and temperature fluctuations

I have a HP Pavillion dv6-6123cl Entertainment PC with a locked bios. I use a program called K10Stat in order to get around this and overclock anyway. I have AMD A6-3400 APU with Radeon(tm) HD ...
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system monitor showing 25 ghz cpu speed, could that have any bad effect?

http://i.stack.imgur.com/ZKl0f.jpg I have a water cooled system, but.... I dont hatve that kind of wallet to be able to pull that out. is anyone of you that had this problem?? what I want to know ...
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MemTest86+ bad adresses constant despite swapping sticks, processor/MOBO to blame?

(Sorry for the wall of text, but people seem equally critical of missing details) After about 2 years without trouble, I've been having issues recently with system instability, BSODs, random ...
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AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE, core unlock suddenly not working?

I've had a Phenom II X2 555 BE for around 2 - 3 years. When I got it, I immediately core unlocked it with my ECS A880GM-A3 mobo, which makes it turn into a Phenom II X4 B55. A few days ago, I ...
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Validate CPU virtualization support on Windows 7

On Windows 7 hosts, how do I validate that CPU virtualization support such as AMD-V or VT-x is enabled without rebooting the machine and installing additional or third-party software. In that case, ...
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One Core Hotter and slower than others

I overclocked my Intel Core i5 3570K to 4.2GHz at 1.1V. It ran stably overnight on Prime95, but, while I was monitoring the core temps, they stuck within 45-55C with core #3 was always 3 or 4 degrees ...
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Windows 8.1 Process Migration Limits CPU frequency scaling

Summary: I've noticed that with Windows 8.1 on my laptop, running a single CPU intensive program does not cause the CPU frequency to scale to its maximum value. I suspect that this is because of ...
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Idle CPU and CPU Power-saving mode definitions

I have a presentation on CPU's and there's some stuff I want to clarify that's defined in many research papers that I'm not fully sure about. How can the CPU ever be idle? I mean as long as you are ...
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CPU i5 750 stuck at its idle multiplier. Even when used at max

My i5 750 seems to be stuck on the idle multiplier (9x) instead of the base speed of 2.66 GHz, even while loading using Prime 95 Configuration: i5 750 DP55WB desktop motherboard. 2GB DDR3 RAM PSU: ...
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Windows Explorer 25% CPU usage while computer is idle?

I am facing a problem with my Windows Explorer. I cannot figure out why this happens even if the computer is idle. When I try to run some games that are old(released before 2005), at first trial the ...
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Energy Lost on CPU Propagation Delay

I was wondering if anyone had some statistics about the average amount of energy that is lost on the process of propagation delay in moving a signal from one place on the CPU to another. I'd prefer ...
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Haswell power efficiency compared to Ivy and Sandy

After reading a few reviews about the Haswell CPU series, I concluded that upgrading from Ivy or Sandy bridge might not be worth it considering the limited power gain. However Intel does advertise ...
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CPU (?) Clicking Sound During Resource-Intensive Tasks

I just bought a new computer (Lenovo Yoga 13, with integrated graphics and SSD). Whenever I bring it out of sleep, or do something resource-intensive (such as heavy Photoshop work), I hear a scratchy ...
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Correct CPU Frequency in BIOS

One of the machines I have is a 10 year old one. I can't discard it due to some sentiment (Mom). Legacy board: Mercury 810e, 133 MHz FSB Processor: Pentium III Tualatin 1.2 GHz Observation: I see ...
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Alternative (cooler) CPU than a Intel Celeron M 420 1.6GHz?

I bought a broken Toshiba Satellite A105-S2101 laptop off eBay. It would freeze on the BIOS loading screen; I found out it was just a bad DVD drive. I replaced it and all is well, except it overheats ...
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Upgrading Core i3 540 -> i5 760

I have Gigabyte H55M-UD2H motherboard with 8Gb (2x4Gb) RAM and Radeon HD 5770 graphics. I am trying to upgrade my processor from Core i3 540 to i5 760 but the system won't boot; no POST beep even ...
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Display drivers have stopped responding and has recovered

I recently purchased this http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1723935&CatId=7182 I installed it and started experiencing some serious problems. When i do ...
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Dynamic/Static CPU Frequency Scaling

I need to manipulate frequency of each core in my I7 processor. There is a way to do it in Debian (http://wiki.debian.org/HowTo/CpuFrequencyScaling). But I want to do it on Linux Fedora and Window. ...
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Interpreting CPU BenchMark for Multi Core Systems

What is the standard ways (if any) to interpret the results of cpu benchmarking for multicore systems relative to single core systems? I am trying to compare the Passmark result of AMD 64 Vs AMD ...
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Byte addressable memory and ISA

I am trying to clear some confusion regarding instruction set architecture and how memory is accessed. Basically I know that in byte addressable memory, data is stored byte by byte either in ...
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Asus motherboard with 'CPU_LED' on

First, Here are some pictures of what I'm seeing. Here is by build: CPU | AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor CPU Cooler | Silverstone AR03 81.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Motherboard | ...
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HP laptop doesn't power up

I am kindly asking for your help. I have an HP DV7T-6C00 laptop which doesn't power up at all. I have read various forum threads and they did not solve my problem that's why I'm opening a new one. It ...
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What is Prime95 benchmarking?

I've recently had to benchmark the CPU performance of a variety of operating systems on identical machines. I've been using the 'benchmark' functionality of Prime95 to obtain a consistent test. I've ...
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Should you worry about high voltage and wattage on a non-overclocked computer?

I've been wondering if I should be worried at all about high wattage or voltage on a non-overclocked computer. I say non-overclocked because when I Google search this question or something similar it ...
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Process tree CPU history usage, process tree memory usage (aggregated) on Windows 8.1

This question is general for Windows OS, but I would like to see a software for Windows 8.1, since this is what I use. I'm looking for software, that will take a process tree (e.g. Chrome.exe ...
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Show all running tasks in Assembly

Is it possible to show/log everything what the CPU does? The CPU knows what it executes, so it could print the running threads/tasks on the screen or in a file.
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Should the CPU usage go up to 100% when swap happens on Linux

I had been running a demo system on Linux with the following kernel: 2.6.32-400.1.1.el5uek #1 SMP Mon Jun 25 20:25:08 EDT 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux And as soon as swap happens, the CPU ...
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Can I install an AMD Turion X2 64 RM-70 on a Toshiba Satellite L505D-SP6983R?

The original processor was an AMD Turion X2 64 RM-74 (dead) The board is named V000185220 Rev 1.10 This board accepts S1G2 processors, and should accept the RM-70. But I am not so confident when ...
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Both cores run constantly at 100%

I run a dualboot Fedora/Windows 7 computer. It will work fine for the first ten minutes or so after booting, after which it is rendered completely useless and slow. CoreTemp gives that both cores ...
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Hardware concerns for optimal ruby on rails development on ubuntu machine

I've been developing dynamic web sites using ruby on rails on a 5 year old mac mini which has been great except that it takes too much time -- 15 minutes or so -- to run my simple test suites. I ...
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Comparing an i7 (3.2Ghz) against an i5 (2.5Ghz) using linpack shows the i7 being worse

I am trying to compare the number crunching performance of an i5-3210M @ 2.5GHz with 6GB ram and an i7 970 @3.2GHz with 24GB ram. The results are so unexpected I presume I am either doing something ...
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How do I underclock my Macbook AIR?

When my MacBook gets below 1% battery life I believe the CPU slows down. The battery indicator states I have 10 minutes left but those are the longest 10 minutes in the laptop cycle. Is there a way to ...
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minimum allowable CPU speed

How can I determine the minimum allowable speed for my CPU to run the computer. Having the option to reduce the CPU to 0 is not logic nor allowable in Win8. Even if you set the Max. processor ...
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Resource balancing between users?

I have a cluster of Linux computers that are shared by many users and want to ensure that no user can flood the systems and effectively prevent others from running anything. i.e. If user A is running ...
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How is CPU time measured on Windows?

I am currently creating a program which identifies processes which are hung/out-of-control, and using an entire CPU core. The program then terminates them, so the CPU usage can be kept under control. ...
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Does VLC Player run on multi core machine?

I notice that in the VLC web page, it mention that it can: With faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits ...
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Why Skype consumes huge percentage of CPU?

I have searched this a lot using Google. I have found numerous people having the same problem as me, but I could not find any good answer anywhere. That's the reason I am asking it here as well. ...
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Replacing an cpu in a laptop

My machine is Lenovo G580 with i3-3120M. I want to replace it with i5-3360M. I checked on Intel's website that sockets are the same (PGA), TDP also the same (35 W) and BIOS works with both. I found ...
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Is my FRX780M motherboard compatible with AMD FX -8350 cpu??

Is my Acer FRX780M motherboard compatible with AMD FX -8350 cpu?? Do i need to upgrade my motherboard BIOS also? And if someone wants they could tell the process of changing to new processor..
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Relation between a memory map and address space in the architecture?

I will just post some quotes about each of these two from somewhat reputable sources: CPU address space from techtarget: Address space is the amount of memory allocated for all possible addresses ...
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Geforce GT 630, driver kernel randomly crashes

My Pc specs are as follows Intel Pentium D 925 Presler Socket 775 LGA CPU 3.00GHz on a Foxconn motherboard Model 45CMX/45GMX/45CMX-K (Socket 775) i945P/PL/G/GZ Os Win 7 Ultimate I had a Geforce GT 210 ...
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Monitor in power saving mode while CPU is still running

I am have a problem with my LCD going into power saving mode. It all started about three days back by randomly going into power saving mode while PC is smoothly running. Then the frequency of going ...
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Computer not booting when Hard disk is connected

I bought a new system with Seagate 2 TB internal hard disk about a week ago. I have Windows 7 running on my PC. Till yesterday my system working fine. Today when I tried to start my system, I see ...
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Why does my computer shut down suddenly without any warning?

My computer is: Motherboard: MSI 970a-g45 CPU: AMD FX-8350 eight core processor 4.0 GHz Power Supply: TSCO 650 Watts I bought my CPU 2 days ago. My last CPU was an AMD Athlon 460 x3 3.4 GHz. After ...
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Sempron 3600+ SSE instructions missing. DirectX 11 not installing.

I have run CPU-Z but no SSE1/2/3 were found under the instruction set. My GPU is an ATI Radeon HD5450. I haven't over-clocked the GPU or the CPU. This is the CPU-Z report: When I try to web-update ...
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Notebook running hot with ArchBang

This is my first installation of Arch, so I may have forgotten something. After booting it, the laptop quickly starts to became hot. I've been reading documentation on Arch wiki, but didn't found ...