Intel slowdown

Discussion in 'Microsoft Surface Book' started by gman713, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. macmee

    macmee Active Member

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    When I turned my Surface on the other day it just got stuck in a boot loop. I guess this update ^ might be why.

    In any case, I'm fed up now with Windows. Every few months it seems like one update or another screws up my device and I have to start over.

    I installed Linux Mint and ironically it boots faster and has better battery life than Windows (really not sure how this can be possible but whatever).

    Problem is, how the heck do I install firmware updates without windows? Am I just going to have to live with the spectre and meltdown bugs or will the linux kernel patch fix them for me?
     
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    My understanding is that Linux is severely affected by the issue. So that might not provide much relief.
     
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    An OS that doesn't address all the system management issues is not so good as it ought to be. If they don't have solutions for doing Firmware updates or drivers for devices and device firmware updating... It's lacking. let me translate that into Linus language ... $$@&!/>¦~@#. shit.
     
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    I don't think it's fair to say linux is bad because it doesn't let me update the firmware on my surface. The ability to update firmware is going to vary from device to device and Microsoft is running a lot of proprietary code and intentionally makes it difficult for open solutions to flashing new firmware.

    wouldnt it be effected the same as windows is?
     
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    I hope so. I'm not too worried about the performance hit but it will always be in the back of my mind. I'm avoiding benchmarks since I can't tell from day to day use that there's any performance degradation. I hate it when I let a series of numbers dictate how much I'm enjoying my machine when in fact it still runs great.

    As for people wanting to run linux but are worried about not being able to upgrade firmware. Why not just put linux on another drive and boot to windows when there are updates available?
     

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