What is the new Hardware Tab in Preferences?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by illumin8, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. illumin8 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2003
    East Coast, US
    After I installed Panther there was this new tab in Preferences called Hardware; I attached a screenshot of it. By default my L2 cache was set to "None", but I changed it to 512KB.

    Is this tab designed so that you can turn off the L2 cache in order to increase battery life? Anyone know it's purpose? Also, when I checked the "Show Control in Menu Bar", nothing shows up in the menu bar. I'm just wondering where this came from.

    Note: I also installed XCode and CHUD so it might have come from that. Any ideas?

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  2. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    that's different. i have no idea where that came from, i don't have it in my Sys Prefs. :confused:

    looks like it's from the extra stuff you installed.
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Re: What is the new Hardware Tab in Preferences?

    It's part of CHUD--just lets you fiddle with some processor settings for testing purposes.
  4. illumin8 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2003
    East Coast, US
    It is part of CHUD

    I updated my CHUD after installing to the latest version, and now it's properly reporting the type of CPU (Motorola 7457) and L2 cache (512k).

    Not that this utility is all that useful; I'm really not sure what it's for (hardware benchmarking or something).

    Thanks for the info.
  5. dethl macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Its probably for compatibility testing too. You can turn off one processor (if you have a dual system) and see how well your program runs. Now I don't see why you would want to turn off your L2 cache....espically if you only have 256k (1ghz eMac here).

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