anyone know what those "turbo" buttons on the old pentium computers actually did?
Because when you push it your computer goes faster. Is it really necessary to ask?
The default is fast though, you push it to make it go slower.
No, that depends on the computer. On some pushing means faster, on some it means slower.
I think it was a marketing gimmick. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
One state of the button had the CPU going at full clock, and the other at half. So now the manufacturers had a choice:
You're right about it being a marketing gimmick, but they had to call it something. It did have some uses, as a lot of software was heavily dependant on processor speed for its timing, especially games. That's why later on slowdown utilities became necessary to run old games on win9x. It's also why on Dosbox you have a parameter to adjust processor speed.
Well they should just cut the dishonesty and marketing gimmicks and call it a "slow" button if they do include it.
How can it be a "slow" button when, if pressed, makes the computer "go faster" using magical megahurtz?
>Would you buy a computer that has a Silent mode button?
Intriguing question. Yes, I would. The fans on the computer I built are always running, regardless of its activity level (I tried setting on the intelligent fan manager thing in the BIOS, but it doesn't seem to help). I'd gladly have a button to turn the fans off and quarter its clock rate for times when I'm not doing intensive work, but I want it to be done in silence.
Or get fans that adjust their speed as dictated by the temperature coming from their temperature sensor? Thermaltake make some like that, iirc.