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    SubjectRe: Intel microcode fixes [OFF-TOPIC]
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    Followup to:  <3650AC6B.982F73D@mindless.com>
    By author: menion <menion@mindless.com>
    In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
    >
    > >
    > > Microcode fixes for Intel P6-core chips are uploaded to the CPU either
    > > by the BIOS, or by a driver. Linux obviously doesn't have a driver,
    > > which means it has to be done by the BIOS (usually shipped as part of
    > > the BIOS) or we have to get a driver.
    > >
    > > The microcode update itself is delivered from Intel as a binary blob.
    > >
    > > -hpa
    >
    > Call me superstitous (and a bad speller), but the idea of upgrading
    > micro-code is even worse than that of bioses. Frankly the idea of
    > replaceing a bios is enough to make me reach for a little Maalox (at
    > times), but the idea of upgrading _micro-coding_ on a stinking CPU makes
    > me want... some Mez-Cal(*), or Jose Cuervo at least. (and lots of it.)
    >

    The microcode update is nonpersistent. If it doesn't work, you can
    cut the power and restart the CPU in original state.

    -hpa
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