Intel Core 2 Duo Reports as Pentium III in Windows XP

I have been running into a lot of people having issues with Windows XP recently who use WMI to poll data from machines running Intel Core 2 Duo processors.  These processors report as Pentium III processors through the WMI Win32_Processor class. This is caused by an actual bug that appears to be impacting Windows XP […]

Linux Processor Ignored

WARNING: NR_CPUS limit of 1 reached. Processor ignored. Not exactly the error message that you were hoping to see when you were checking you dmesg logs.  Don’t panic, this is easily remedied.  If you are wondering how to check your own Linux system for this error you can look by using this command: dmesg | […]

CPUs, Cores and Threads: How Many Processors Do I Have?

In my job role I am very often called upon to determine how many “processors” a machine has or how many we will need for a specific task. Ten years ago this was a simple process but today even the very concept of the “processor” is fuzzy at best and only a very few people […]

Linux CPU Speed Reporting

Linux has multiple means of reporting CPU speed. This can make hardware discovery difficult depending on what source you attempt to use as your reference point. You may discover that two sources, such as cpuinfo and dmidecode produce entirely different results. Your first inclination will probably be that one of these is inaccurate but there […]