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SubjectRe: random lockups on new computers
Simon Kenyon <> said:
> On 28-Jul-99 Raymond A. Ingles wrote:
> > I have an ASUS P5A, with a K6-II/400MHz chip. I bought the CPU, the
> > motherboard, and 128MB PC-100 SDRAM from the same place. It was flaky
> > (random segfaults and other errors, especially when compiling the
> > kernel) when the bus speed was 100MHz, and stable at 95MHz.

> i was building a windows machine (yah booh sucks) for a client and i got
> a P5A would it work - would it hell got them another motherboard (smicro
> if i recall) and all was well i kept the P5A - not sure why i've just put
> linux on it and it is rock solid

> same basic config
> p5a, K6-ii/350, 128M SDRAM DIMM, Maxtor drive
> you know, i suspect that a lot of the flakiness that is attributed
> to microsoft could quite possibly be flaky hardware

Maybe. But the very same machine on which WinXX crashes doesn't with
Linux... or it "works fine" with WinXX, but Linux won't even boot. Seen

AFAIKS, the quality of the average hardware has gone way up from a few
years ago. Maybe that explanation was valid then, I'd bet against it now.
Dr. Horst H. von Brand
Departamento de Informatica Fono: +56 32 654431
Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria +56 32 654239
Casilla 110-V, Valparaiso, Chile Fax: +56 32 797513

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