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    Microprocessor Architecture

    Can somebody please explain to me in (layman's terms!!) how to find out if a microprocessor is an i386, i486, i586, i686, i786 etc. etc?

    I am not interested in knowing the difference from an engineering/computer science standpoint. That would be way over my head! Given that I know what microprocessor I have installed (brand, model, MHz), I just want to know if it is an i386, i486 etc.

    I keep on hitting this problem when I want to download things like Parted Magic or some Linux distributions...

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    TB,

    Download CPUZ. HTH
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    found this link
    http://myonlineusb.wordpress.com/201...586-i686-i786/

    i386 - Intel i386/80386 (in 1985) or AMD386 / AM386 (in 1991)

    i486 - Intel i486/80486 (in 1989) or AMD486 / AM486 (in 1993)

    i586 - Intel Pentium (in 1993) or AMD-K5 (in 1996)

    i686 - Intel Pentium Pro (in 1995) or AMD-K6 (in 1997)

    i786 - Intel Pentium 4 (in 2000) or AMD-K7 (in 1999)



    To be honest, I had never heard of i786 until this post... have you seen any others not listed?

    Right Click My Computer
    click on Properties
    it should list your CPU on the window

    Compare yours to the table above

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    TB,

    Download CPUZ. HTH
    I was taking a look at the screenshot of CPU-Z you provided.
    Where does it say if the CPU is an i386, i486 etc. etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben09880 View Post
    found this link
    http://myonlineusb.wordpress.com/201...586-i686-i786/

    i386 - Intel i386/80386 (in 1985) or AMD386 / AM386 (in 1991)

    i486 - Intel i486/80486 (in 1989) or AMD486 / AM486 (in 1993)

    i586 - Intel Pentium (in 1993) or AMD-K5 (in 1996)

    i686 - Intel Pentium Pro (in 1995) or AMD-K6 (in 1997)

    i786 - Intel Pentium 4 (in 2000) or AMD-K7 (in 1999)



    To be honest, I had never heard of i786 until this post... have you seen any others not listed?

    Right Click My Computer
    click on Properties
    it should list your CPU on the window

    Compare yours to the table above
    Let's say that my desktop has a Pentium III 1100 MHz. Would you say that said CPU is an i686? I bought the PC in 1999...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tb75252 View Post
    I was taking a look at the screenshot of CPU-Z you provided.
    Where does it say if the CPU is an i386, i486 etc. etc.?
    Better yet what screen shot? That was a link to the download page. If you are referring to the image on that page see below:
    CPUZ.JPG HTH
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    Yes I would.

    Here's a link to a page with more detail (it lists individual chip families; PII, PIII, PIV, et al)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86#Chronology

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