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Linux mint getting offered AMD microcode update despite me using an intel PC


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#1 rp88

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 11:11 AM

My computer has an intel i3 processor and I've been running linux mint from an external drive to which it is installed (persistent full install, not a live one). I checked updates today and saw

amd64-microcode (3.20180524.1~ubuntu0.14.04.2+really20130710.1) trusty-security; urgency=medium

why is this showing, I don't have an AMD processor? Should I hide it or what?

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 12:26 PM

Its probably related to the spectre/meltdown patch

Do you have the intel microcode installed?

Both are actually sort of mandatory right now even if you use a intel system the architecture is still referred to as amd64

Some of the microcode is shared especially for the spectre patches.


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Posted 08 July 2018 - 07:29 PM

I had an intel one quite a while back (maybe february ish), I haven't seen an intel one more recently.
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Posted 08 July 2018 - 08:56 PM

Wow thats strange I haven't once seen a Intel microcode update ever yet and I'm running kernel 3.13.0-139 on LM 17.2. :scratchhead:



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 03:48 AM

Its probably related to the spectre/meltdown patch

Do you have the intel microcode installed?

Both are actually sort of mandatory right now even if you use a intel system the architecture is still referred to as amd64

Some of the microcode is shared especially for the spectre patches.

 

This! :)

 

For whatever reason, Intel has decided to 'go along' with the amd64 term. There should be other such files/folders when searching the C drive, may have to select to show hidden files. 

 

It's obvious when installing other 3rd party drivers also, example, wireless card (any brand). In the included software or any downloaded, there'll be a 32 bit or x86 folder & amd64. The amd64 driver folder will apply to both AMD & Intel 64 bit.  That's simply how it is, no less, no more.

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 03:59 AM

Wow thats strange I haven't once seen a Intel microcode update ever yet and I'm running kernel 3.13.0-139 on LM 17.2. :scratchhead:

 

Being that Linux Mint 17 series will be reaching EOL in less than a year, if you've yet to receive any Microcode update, don't count on any now. :(

 

Have you manually checked the Driver Manager (sudo password required for access) to see if one's available? These, along with GPU drivers, won't be applied w/out using the Driver Manager app. While I've seen NVIDIA GPU drivers download via the normal update process, won't be officially installed until using Driver Manager for the upgrade. This doesn't apply to AMD drivers beginning with Mint 18, although can still access the fglrx drivers for Mint 17, to include any point releases, in this manner.

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 08:23 AM

 

Its probably related to the spectre/meltdown patch

Do you have the intel microcode installed?

Both are actually sort of mandatory right now even if you use a intel system the architecture is still referred to as amd64

Some of the microcode is shared especially for the spectre patches.

 

This! :)

 

For whatever reason, Intel has decided to 'go along' with the amd64 term. There should be other such files/folders when searching the C drive, may have to select to show hidden files. 

 

It's obvious when installing other 3rd party drivers also, example, wireless card (any brand). In the included software or any downloaded, there'll be a 32 bit or x86 folder & amd64. The amd64 driver folder will apply to both AMD & Intel 64 bit.  That's simply how it is, no less, no more.

 

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I believe Cat knows the answer to this as well as I do.

 

Quite simply, because AMD's Athlon64 was the first widely-available & commercially successful 64-bit CPU for the home market, the 'amd64' terminology has gone down in history rather than the Intel 'x86-64' one.....the more so, since Intel's 64-bit attempt with the Itanium had been such an unmitigated flop, only a scant couple of years earlier.

 

It's the one that will always be remembered.....from all of 14 years ago now. Everybody loves an underdog.....(at that point in time, a very apt description of Advanced Micro Devices.) They came from behind, and mashed the face of Intel's all-conquering Pentium 4 into the dust.

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 02:20 PM

 

Wow thats strange I haven't once seen a Intel microcode update ever yet and I'm running kernel 3.13.0-139 on LM 17.2. :scratchhead:

 

Being that Linux Mint 17 series will be reaching EOL in less than a year, if you've yet to receive any Microcode update, don't count on any now. :(

 

Have you manually checked the Driver Manager (sudo password required for access) to see if one's available? These, along with GPU drivers, won't be applied w/out using the Driver Manager app. While I've seen NVIDIA GPU drivers download via the normal update process, won't be officially installed until using Driver Manager for the upgrade. This doesn't apply to AMD drivers beginning with Mint 18, although can still access the fglrx drivers for Mint 17, to include any point releases, in this manner.

 

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I don't see any drivers for my Intel chip but I do see an update for my Nvidia GTX 760 it recommends version 384.130, Although I'm not sure if this is the latest driver for my GPU?






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