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Postby jayz23 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:28 am

I am curious as to what this is, i see raised "dots" next to TPM on the motherboard, is this for soldering a chip on there? Thanks! :)
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Postby fussnfeathers » Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:46 pm

It's for a Trusted Platform Module chip. In short, the chip stores encryption keys used by disk encryption software, among other things, like DRM. You can find a full-ish explanation here....

If there is no chip, don't worry about it. It's not a necessary component, it's just preferred over software only storage as it requires a physical presence to actually change the keys stored, rather than just random remote access.

There's a bit more to it than that, but that's the general gist of it.
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