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Intel uncouples Windows 10 graphics driver updates from OEM customizations (for faster updates)

Intel is making it easier for Windows 10 users to download the chip maker’s latest graphics drivers quickly, by separating them from the OEM customizations made by PC makers. PC makers like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo often release custom versions of Intel’s drivers meant to deal with platform-specific issues. So overwriting those customizations […]

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Ubuntu on the 32GB Intel Compute Stick: You have to install it yourself

Intel launched a tiny computer called the Intel Compute Stick earlier this year. It looks like a chunky USB flash drive, but instead of plugging it into your computer to add storage, you plug it into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor to add a full-fledged computer. The first model to ship featured […]

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Open source driver for Qualcomm Adreno graphics under development

ARM-based chips are all the rage these days in tablets, smartphones, set-top-boxes, and other low power computing devices. But while many of the latest chips can support HD video, 3D graphics, and other high-performance graphics, you generally need to use supported software to get all the benefits — because chip makers don’t offer open source […]

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Driver update kind of brings higher resolutions to netbooks higher resolution

The vast majority of 9 and 10 inch netbooks with Intel Atom chips and GMA 950 graphics have the same native screen resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels. While that’s generally good enough to view most web pages, some web content doesn’t really fit on a display that small. And some programs won’t even run if […]

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Netbook makers now offering Windows 7 driver, utility downloads

Microsoft is launching Windows 7 tomorrow, and dozens of new and updated notebooks, netbooks, and other computers running the new operating system will be available. But for users who are looking to upgrade their existing netbooks from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7, there’s hope. PC makers are beginning to offer Windows 7 drivers […]

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Get the wireless working in Windows 7 on an Aspire One

After a co-worker asked me to install the Windows 7 beta  onto his wife’s new Aspire One, I ran into a common netbook frustration. My freshly-loaded OS couldn’t find an appropriate wireless driver. A couple of Google searches later, and I was starting to get disheartened. Finally, I came across If you’ve got an […]