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Hi,

I am writing a VC++ 5.0 application. I need to figure out
some system information:

1. who manufactured the CPU (Intel, AMD, Cyrix, ...) ?

2. Whether a older chip has been updated using an "overdrive" chip, e.g., a 486 has been upgraded to Pentium (586)?

3. The speed of the CPU

4. Whether the Pentium chip is a Pentium, Pentium Pro, or Pentium II and whether they are using MMX technology?

Note: I rated the question 50 points to handle partial answers. If you answer all 4 questions, I will raise
it to 100 points.

thanks,
ralph
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by:k_chen
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I'm not too familiar with this either, but I know that the the win32 API call

GetSystemMetrics(..) can get you something useful.

Try it.

Good luck
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by:rakhras
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Thanks k_chen,

I looked at GetSystemMetrics() and it mostly deals with screen
and geometry issues. However, while browsing, I found
BOOL IsProcessorFeaturePresent() which will answer one of my questions and that is if the MMX instruction set is available.
ralph.
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by:rayb
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Use the WIN32 GetSystemInfo function
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by:trestan
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by:rakhras
ID: 1318432
rayb,

GetSystemInfo does not return any of the information
I am looking for (see points 1 to 4 above).
If there's something I'm missing, please advise.

ralph
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by:rakhras
ID: 1318433
trestan,

I went to http://developer.intel.com/design/perftool/cpuid/package.htm
and I found exactly what i need.
If you answer the question now, I will give you the points.
thanks,
ralph
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trestan earned 400 total points
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Thanks.
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by:rakhras
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Adjusted points to 100
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