Well some motherboards allow the sm bus to not only tel things like
temperatures and voltages in chips, but also allow parts to be read where
some printers store an approximation of ink level as well. Some bioses do
not have this facility. My guess is that the motherboards running amd
chipsets and processors need a patch to make this work, and some peoples
motherboards are incorrectly detected as amd and the patch screws the
machine up somehow, maybe its part of the printer handling code, who knows.
I suspect its third party as on my xp machines for years I was offered an
update to a laserjet driver which duly installed and then installed again
and again and, well you get the picture. the update used to think it needed
it and install it, but nothing was wrong with the printer driver so I told
it to stuff it.
The problem I see a lot on Windows updates recently is that they are
beginning to be processor hogs when they are downloading. Its as if there is
some kind of torrent program running uploading your patches back out to
loads of other people as well as downloading it to you. Is this some natty
way Microsoft have of reducing load on their servers by using our computers
to do their work for them. If true, then this seems to be one great way for
a potential hacker to infect loads of machines directly.
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