In computing, x86 is the generic name given to the family (architecture) processors based on Intel 8086 by Intel Corporation.

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When the term 'x86' is used, does it always refer to 32-bit?

When the term 'x86' is used, does it always refer to 32-bit? And is it only about Intel processors?
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Why is the Bluetooth UI different on two Windows 7 systems?

I have two Windows 7 systems, one is Windows 7 x86, the other is Windows 7 x64. When my BT device connect to my Windows 7 x86 system, it has a nice UI with all the functions my device support; When ...
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Checking kernel memory usage

How would I know the kernel memory usage?
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Windows 7 64-bit - More compatibile with 32-bit apps than previous Windows?

I'm thinking of updating my system to an x64 one. I've previously heard that this is far more trouble than it's worth (unless you're running lots of x64 optimized software) as you would have lots of ...
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Installing 32 bit app to c:\program files in 64 bit Windows 7?

I have a custom built 32-bit app that I'm trying to install. When I ran the installer (ol' setup.exe) it installed to Program Files(x86) as all good 32 bit apps seem to. Unfortunately it looks like ...
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Why does Windows 7 x64 work faster than an x86 edition on my PC?

Why does Windows 7 x64 work faster than an x86 edition on my PC even though I mostly use x86 things in it? What's wrong with me, and what am I missing? Majority of the things I use is x86 (e.g. DAWs, ...
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Install VLC on Windows 7 x64

How Can I install VLC on an x64 bit version of Windows 7? I have checked the compatibility modes and I do not see an x86 version. I have tried running is under XP and Vista with no luck.
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Is it possible to run an x86 binary on an ARM processor?

Is it possible to convert/recompile an already compiled x86 binary into an ARM binary? I'm using a BeagleBoard with a command-line Ubuntu (Maverick) and want to run a Ventrilo server but the x86 ...
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Why does installing Snow Leopard on a x86 machine require patching the DSDT?

I have seen various articles that describe how to install various versions of MacOs on x86 laptops from HP, Dell, etc. Many of them refer to a need to patch the DSDT, and even recommend a gui DSDT ...
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Is my Georgia font messed up?

I've seen a growing trend in websites to use the "Georgia" font face, with serif. This has been especially noticable for me since my computer decided to render Georgia like this (Twitter example) I ...
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How can I install Chrome OS to a CD so I can install it on an x86 machine

The x86 machine is Sun hardware and it is currently running Solaris and it has a GRUB menu. I would like to preserve my existing Solaris OS if convenient.
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Any way to run older versions of OS X on newer Macs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Tiger on a Snow Leopard MacBook I would like to be able to run OS X 10.3 for the purposes of software testing on a modern (x86) Mac. I'm aware of emulators ...
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Install and run 32 bit on 64 bit machine

I want to make sure that on 64-bit Windows, 32-bit application can be installed/run without any issues? And it is guaranteed by Windows backward compatibility? For example, any application (e.g. ...
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Installing Ia32build (Intel assembler) in ubuntu

I am looking for a assembler, in my college there is a ia32build assembler. I have tried searching it in Google, but I can't find it. I have x86 processor and I want to install it in Ubuntu 10.4. ...
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How does ARM Cortex A8 compare with a modern x86 processor

I was wondering how does a modern ARM chip based on ARM Cortex A8 compare, in clock-for-clock performance and capability, to a modern x86 chip such as a Core 2 Duo or Core i5? I realise due to the ...
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Looking for a small, x86 PC104 board that has data acquisition

I'd really like to find a small board (probably EBX size or smaller) that uses an x86 processor, can run Linux, has a PC/104 expansion bus, and has around 10 analogue and digital I/O ports. The only ...
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Does RAM access slow-down CPU?

yeastarday I was thinking, when todays x86 CPU wants to acess memory there is some speed gap between them. Usually RAM operates at 1333MHz in case of some new Intel CPUs. But CPU itself works at about ...
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x86 exceptions and flags

please, I know that when you for example divide by zero, the aproptiate flag is set in CPU flag register. But today I read that there are special interrupt vectors (I think the first 16 in IVT) that ...
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Intel data bus of Intel 80486 and above CPUs

Why do Intel 80486 and above CPUs have a double 32-bit internal data bus? ALU is still 32 bits wide, so what is the extra 32-bit bus for?
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What does “cpuid level” mean?

For an example, I put just output from 1 core of a 16 core machine. What does the output mean by "cpuid level" of "6"? Also, what do "bogomips" of "5992.10" and "clflush size" of "64" mean? ...
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Google Android OS on x86?

How can I install Google's Android OS on an x86 platform? Are there any prerequisites for doing this?
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Windows 7 Installation Folder: x86, x64 and another info

I've downloaded a lot of Windows 7 versions (release candidates, trial, x64 and x86, etc). The bad part is that the downloaded iso files don't have clear names, so I cannot to know wich version is ...
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Confusion about software for x86, x86_64 and x64

do softwares meant for x86, install on x86_64 and x64. I am focusing on linux. What problems can occur. I have never been comfortable with the differences. Could you explain?
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When should I choose an x64 version of a vendor's application?

I have Windows 7 x64 (I wanted more than 4GB of RAM), and I'm not talking about drivers here - I'm talking about installable applications. If a vendor offers both an x86 and x64 version of their ...
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what's the difference between x58 and x86 architectures?

I've been reading a bit about the i7 chipset and wondered about this x58 architecture. What does that mean exactly? How different is it from x86?