Recently at work some pretty major systems (ie Windows 2k3 Oracle servers) failed because of this issue but, had those systems been Linux Oracle servers I can guarantee there would have been no problem. Understandably I'm really unimpressed with Microsoft and Windows - how hard can it be to patch the OS to use ACPI-HPET properly? Or even to release a patch that uses PM timer when an affected CPU is detected? Linux kernel dev's have known about this since 2005 and fixed it very promptly! What on earth is stopping Microsoft from fixing this problem?
To be fair; this is not entirely Microsoft's fault but again to be fair, Linux has a built-in workaround since 2006 while Microsoft's workaround is manual. Please leave a comment if you've had to deal with this problem. There is much google mojo here so please offer solutions and describe symptoms to help others.
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