I took your word for it and installed the version provided by Dell at https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us?app=drivers, and their version of 126.96.36.19954 has the SAME BUG.
So, now what can Intel do to resolve this serious bug? We can't blame it on using generic Intel drivers anymore.
If you are testing with the drivers provided by your laptop vendor, then you need to contact your laptop vendor and ask them what is going on. Presumably they tested their laptop before shipping it and presumably they didn't ignore a problem like this.
At the end of the day, it is probably true that Intel will need to look into this issue -- but, if this issue is reported to Intel by Dell, it will have a lot higher priority and be fixed a lot sooner that it would be when (just) little old you reports it.
This laptop is not new. The Intel/Dell driver that shipped with it, and all subsequent ones until now have not had this problem. The hardware has not changed. Both the Intel generic and the Intel/Dell version of the 188.8.131.5254 driver are the only ones to have caused the CPU racing. Switching back to 184.108.40.20642 (or any prior driver) solves the problem.
I think perhaps you misread my posts.
Besides, "little ol' me" has no more leverage with Dell than I do with Intel. One supposes BOTH companies have an interest in not breaking their customers' purchases.
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We do not have a driver version 220.127.116.1154 on our Download Center, it is the latest OEM driver from DELL*. Also, the driver you are rolling back to is not listed in our Download Center either.
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Attached are images that show that your OEM 18.104.22.16854 driver was installed by Windows Update. And from Dell's support page showing that driver as the currently available one, plus the one I'm running listed under "Older Versions."
I have informed you of a problem with the newer of those two drivers. The fact that you have removed it from your own site may indicate that you're aware of the problem and have hopefully addressed it in newer versions. I won't be installing any more OEM Intel drivers though, so I won't find that out.
Also, Windows Update doesn't install drivers fully automatically. It does so if you click on "Check for updates." I won't be doing that anymore, either.
I've done my part in notifying you of the problem. What you choose to do with that information is entirely up to you. I won't be responding to any further posts here.
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We would like to clarify that Intel® doesn't have control over the drivers that are installed/pushed through Windows Update Service. The usual behavior is that OEMs took generic drivers, customize them and OEMs also have access to the Windows® Catalog that may be used to share OEM drivers and Intel® doesn't control this behavior. Also, we want to confirm that the OEM drivers are handpicked and include customized features and solutions to platform-specific issues. Driver 22.214.171.12454 is an OEM driver, and it is not listed in our Download Center. We only provide generic drivers for general purposes.
Our recommendation is to report this directly to DELL* so they can debug it further considering that driver is supposed to have been tested and validated by DELL* to work on your system. Having said that, we will proceed to close this inquiry now. Thank you for your understanding.
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