OT: Weird Hardware Problem

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Tue May 19 14:52:13 UTC 2020

On 5/19/20 9:38 AM, Jerry wrote:
> On Tue, 19 May 2020 14:59:48 +0100, Arthur Chance commented:
>> I've got an i7-4790K (I presume you missed the K) in my desktop and
>> Intel announced the CPU had problems with the TSX instruction set
>> extension shortly after I got it, and that those instructions should be
>> disabled in the BIOS. Other than that I've seen no suggestion anything
>> else is buggy.
> Have you checked to see if an updated BIOS has been issued for your
> machine?
Arthur's and Jerry's suggestions almost certainly cover everything. Were 
there not for them I would suggest to also open the machine and 
"re-seat" SSD or hard drive whichever device you have. (and RAM unless 
it is soldered to the system board). I know the contacts are gold plated 
but still they manage to oxydate somehow (not that much). Probably gold 
plating is porous sometimes, not contiguous layer of gold.

Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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