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how do you know how much your cache memory is? con't.....

by LNLN / December 24, 2004 5:42 AM PST

for example, if you don't know your actual chip number (processor) and were given a new system, how would you know how much your cache is? My daughter was given a very slightly used computer (about 1 month old) and I have no idea how to find out this info. This particular system is a centrino 1.5 (when I looked in the system info, it said centrino 1.5) which can be either the 715 or 705, which are 2 mb and 1 mb cache, respectively. I don't know how to find this information. On my laptop, it is a 1.6 which is a 2 mb. I recieved that info from the manufacturer. thanks for answering a somewhat stupid question. If I could either find out the chip # or the cache, I'd be happy.

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Here's a CPUID program.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 24, 2004 5:45 AM PST
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thank you, what an amazing program, con't....ONE MORE quest.
by LNLN / December 24, 2004 6:12 AM PST

thanks so much. it is a 715, which is great. I was kind of worried about this since I have heard so much about the older chips having issues.

one last question: (sorry) is it better to keep these type of systems (HP dv1000 laptops w/centrino) on all the time, on hibernate, or just shut off when not in use? Better to use AC power or battery? Or both, alternatively? I am not sure what to set the power mgt to: I have it on AC power or min power mgt when on battery. Sorry, I have always had a desktop which was left on, so not sure what to do here. Thank you again for your reply.

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Your choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 24, 2004 6:42 AM PST

But for me I set the unit to hibernate after some time span. No need to burn out the laptop. All the parts have finite lifespans.

Bob

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Turn the notebook off unless you are at a business
by KenSanramon / December 27, 2004 5:42 AM PST
In reply to: Your choice.

If you are using it as a consumer you should turn the notebook off overnight. Unless you are letting your company pay the electric bill that is a huge waste of money. Also, if you are hooked up to a high speed connection (DSL or cable) your notebook would be vulnerable to attack.

Some very involved people leave their notebooks on all the time in order to update their anti-virus programs, etc immediately.

However, if you log in at least 3-4 times a week and always update your anti-virus and windows update at those times you should be fine with that issue (And also use a Spyware program).

I would not turn on and off the notebook more than twice a day at most but I would turn it off overnight in the very least.

As Bob stated the hibernate mode will allow your notebook to recover faster than a full boot up but again if you are going to sleep overnight you are better off just turning the notebook off.

You can set up your notebook to do downloads overnight but you can program your notebook to do this on a certain night and thus leave the notebook turned off the other nights and just leave it on for those periods.

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