AMD-powered PCs crocked by Microsoft chip fix

The chip bug saga is showing no signs of going away, if anything it appears to be getting worse by the day. The latest kick in the chip makers’ proverbials comes after Microsoft released a fix for Meltdown and Spectre bugs. According to a report by The Register, the fix is ‘crocking AMD-powered PCs’.

Intel had already announced that bug fixes could affect performance by some 30 per cent but it now appears that the fixes are bricking some machines altogether. According to the report, a number of AMD-powered PC users have complained that their perfectly-working machines simply do not work after the patch. To make matters worse, the patch doesn’t create a recovery point and even re-installing Windows 10 appears not to be helping.

The fallout from the chip bug scandal is already having a knock-on effect on the manufacturers under scrutiny. Intel announced that its share price has fallen as investors worry about the outcome of the chip flaws discovered earlier this week. Intel’s share fell by nearly 2 per cent as investors worry about the potential financial liability and reputational hit from the processor vulnerabilities.

While almost all PCs and mobile devices are reportedly affected by the flaws, Apple has also said that all Mac and iOS devices are also impacted. In a blogpost, Apple said it had released updates for iOS, the software on its phones and tablets, macOS, which is used by its computers and tvOS for its television products.

There are reportedly two separate security flaws, known as Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown affects laptops, desktop computers and internet servers with Intel chips. Meanwhile Spectre affects chips in smartphones, tablets and computers. 

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