What is a PDF File?
Why Intel uses PDF for its Technical Documentation
System Requirements
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What Is a PDF File?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It was created by Adobe Systems Incorporated originally as a means of electronically exchanging and reviewing documents. Today, PDF files have become commonplace in the Internet community. PDF file names can be identified by their "PDF" extension.

Why Intel Uses PDF for its Technical DocumentationSystem Requirements

WindowsSilicon Graphics IRIX*Sun SPARC*HP-UX*Macintosh*Printer RequirementsDownload Adobe Acrobat Reader

To view PDF files on Intel's Web site, you must have the latest released version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader is available for a variety of platforms and may be distributed freely.

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If you are experiencing problems using the PDF files on this Web site, you have several support options:

  1. Use this troubleshooting section to solve the problem.
  2. Send us an E-mail describing the problem and a member of our support staff will assist you.
  3. Order a printed version of the document through the Intel Literature Center .

Select the category that best describes the problem you are having:


Problem: When I click on the document's icon, the file begins to download, but the file transfer stops before it is complete.
Solution: Many factors outside of Intel's control can cause an incomplete file transfer, including the following:

Try downloading the document at another time when there may be less Internet traffic. You may need to try outside of normal business hours.

One factor that Intel can control is the protocol used to transfer electronic documents. Currently, Intel uses HTTP but plans to make documents available by FTP as well. FTP is proving to be a more reliable method of downloading than HTTP. We are making every effort to increase file transfer reliability while maintaining ease of access.

If you continue to have problems downloading a particular technical document, you may order a free copy of the document from the Intel Literature Center.

Problem: The PDF seemed to download correctly during the transfer, but the resulting file is too small and does not work right.
Solution: The download was probably incomplete. See the solution above for incomplete file transfer.

Problem: My browser doesn't recognize the PDF file.
Solution: First, you need to install Acrobat Reader on your computer. Acrobat Reader 3.0 should install a plug-in that integrates it into your browser's window. If this still does not solve the problem, look for an option in your browser to configure helper applications or viewers.

Problem: I download the PDF file and it opens correctly in Acrobat. Now how do I save it?
Solution: Acrobat Reader 2.1 does not allow you to save a document. However, there are three ways to get around this limitation.

  1. Before closing the PDF document, go into your browser's cache and copy the file to another location on your hard drive or a network drive.
  2. Exit Acrobat (if still open). Change your browser's helper applications preferences to save the PDF file instead of launching the associated application. Download the file again and, when prompted, specify a location for the file.
  3. If using Netscape Navigator* 2.0 or greater, install Acrobat Reader 3.0. The Netscape plug-in that accompanies Acrobat Reader 3.0 integrates Acrobat into the browser's window and adds "save as" functionality for PDF files. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0..
Opening or Viewing

Problem: Acrobat Reader tries to open the file, but it stops and gives an error message.
Solution: Be sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements and that you have the latest released version of Acrobat Reader. If the problem persists, you can order a free printed version of the document from the Intel Literature Center or send us an e-mail describing the problem and a support staff member will assist you.


Problem: I printed out a PDF file, but some of the graphics did not print completely.
Solution: Be sure your printer meets the printer requirements. Usually, lack of printer RAM is the cause of incomplete graphics printing.

Problem: Printing is slow.
Solution: Install Adobe Type Manager (ATM) to your system (Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Mac OS) or add more RAM to your printer.

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