Earlier this month when Microsoft released SP3 for Windows XP, users with an HP computer that had an AMD processor found a tiny problem when their computer would enter an endless reboot cycle.
The problem seems to have stemmed from some Intel drivers having been installed on the systems as part of the factory load. HP has been working on a fix for this and has work around info posted here, but Microsoft has offered up its own work around: block SP3 for HP users with an AMD chip.
Hopefully a better solution will be available soon from either HP or Microsoft. I guess HP didn’t do any testing with SP3 on their machines before it was released? Oops.
Now that all of the 700MHz auction have come to an end the FCC is able to announce the winners and their winning bid for each of the blocks.
Block A: 12 MHz bandwidth (698–704 and 728–734 MHz)
No clear winner.
Block B: 12 MHz bandwidth (704–710 and 734–740 MHz)
Big winner: AT&T
Total spent: $6,636,658,000
Block C: 22 MHz bandwidth (746–757 and 776–787 MHz)
Big winner: Verizon Wireless
Total spent: $9,363.160,000
Block D: 10 MHz bandwidth (758–763 and 788–793 MHz)
Big winner: Qualcomm
Total spent: $472,042,000 (reserve not met)
Block E: 6 MHz bandwidth (722–728 MHz)
Big winner: Frontier Wireless
Total spent: $711,871,000
Block C, as you may recall, was the block that Google had bid on but they appeared to be more interested in ensuring that the minimum bid for open access be reached than actually winning the auction, so being outbid was likely their plan all along.
For Block D, the reserve price of $1.33 billion was not met so a new auction for this block will be created to give bidders another shot.
The results above list the big winner and not just block winner because in some cases its not as straight forward and one bidder getting the entire block. For example, Qualcomm also won parts of the B and E block.