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This is about the Intel Core2 Duo processor. (Keywords: Core 2 Duo, Core2 Duo, Core2Duo)

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General Information

The Intel Core 2 Duo processor can be used in both a 32 bit and a 64 bit mode. In the latter case, the relevant Gentoo architecture is amd64, i.e., the amd64 version of the Gentoo handbook describes how to install and tailor the software for the Intel 64 bit processors as well as the AMD processors.

Gentoo has an amd64 subproject that supports both the AMD and the Intel 64 bit architectures. They have been developing software that supports the running of 32 bit software in a 64 bit environment. The portage packages are usually named "emul-linux-x86-[something, e.g., baselibs]."

(Make sure you see 2 cores in /proc/cpuinfo, if not make sure apic is enabled in your bios.)

Cflags

See CFlags

Kernel

32bit

Linux Kernel Configuration: Kernel support
Processor type and features  --->
    [*] Symmetric multi-processing support
    Subarchitecture Type ()  --->
        (X) PC-compatible
    Processor family ()  --->
        (X) Core 2 / newer Xeon
    (2) Maximum number of CPUs (2-256)
    [ ] SMT (Hyperthreading) scheduler support
    [*] Multi-core scheduler support
    [*] Machine Check Exception
    < >   Check for non-fatal errors on AMD Athlon/Duron / Intel Pentium 4
    [ ]   check for P4 thermal throttling interrupt

64bit

Linux Kernel Configuration: Kernel support
Processor type and features  --->
    Subarchitecture Type ()  --->
        (X) PC-compatible
    Processor family ()  ---> 
        (X) Core 2 / newer Xeon
    [*] Symmetric multi-processing support
    [ ]   SMT (Hyperthreading) scheduler support
    [*]   Multi-core scheduler support
    (2) Maximum number of CPUs (2-256)
    -- Machine check support	 
    [*] Intel MCE features
Executable file formats / Emulations  --->
    [*] IA32 Emulation

CPU Frequency Scaling

See this guide.

Hardware Sensors

There is an experimental driver for the temperature sensor inside the cpu called coretemp. The driver is included into the kernel 2.6.22 and later.

Linux Kernel Configuration: Coretemp
Device Drivers  --->
    Hardware Monitoring support  --->
        <M> Hardware Monitoring support
        <M> Intel Core (2) Duo/Solo temperature sensor

Rebuild your kernel and follow this guide.

Virtualization

Most of the Intel Core2 processors supports Intel VT. All except:

See the Virtualization category for relevant guides. Do remember to enable this feature in the BIOS.

Microcode Update

See this HowTo.

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