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Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by f1charlie » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:55 pm

I have just installed 18.1 Mate as a dual-boot on my old Vista PC with Q6600 CPU. On running the Driver Manager I get:

Unknown
This device is not working

With a choice of:

intel-microcode
Version 3.20151106.1
Processor microcode firmware for Intel CPUs

or

Do not use the device

Which do I choose please?

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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by Tomgin5 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:04 pm

The microcode helps balance out the core workloads in multicore processors.

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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by f1charlie » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:31 pm

Thanks, I guess I should install it?

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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by Pjotr » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:43 pm

No. You already use the microcode contained in the BIOS of your motherboard.

Only install it when you currently have problems, which this package might solve. Because this package might cause boot failure (which has happened to me, at one time).
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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by f1charlie » Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:00 am

Thanks pjotr, glad I waited! And thanks for your helpful guides, which I used to install Mint.

Unfortunately I didn't read your '10 fatal mistakes' guide before installing Grub-customizer to change the boot order :oops: . Everything seems OK but should I uninstall it - is that even possible now?

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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by Pjotr » Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:28 am

f1charlie wrote:Unfortunately I didn't read your '10 fatal mistakes' guide before installing Grub-customizer to change the boot order :oops: . Everything seems OK but should I uninstall it - is that even possible now?
Well, of course you can uninstall Grub Customizer, but unfortunately that won't undo the thick layer of complexity that it has created....
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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by f1charlie » Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:32 am

To get rid completely would entail a re-install of Mint? Do you have a guide to doing that?

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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by Pjotr » Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:43 am

f1charlie wrote:To get rid completely would entail a re-install of Mint? Do you have a guide to doing that?
Before you consider that nuclear option, you might try this:
https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2198824

The reply from "oldfred" is the most important information. Note also the final message in that thread, which indicates that an extra measure is needed.
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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by f1charlie » Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:10 am

I followed the instructions and despite lots of scary scrolling text and a bit of confusion from me over how to make some selections via the keyboard in some windows :) , it all seems to work again.

Although one difference now is that GRUB gives Ubuntu as the boot option rather than Mint. :?:

Update: I made the change to make Windows the default boot (until I get Mint fully configured and not confuse my wife!) and the menu now says Mint again.

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Re: Intel-microcode in Driver Manager

Post by Pjotr » Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:10 am

Good to hear. :)
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