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SubjectRe: Linux-2.4.0-test10
On Wed, 1 Nov 2000, Tigran Aivazian wrote:

>But it contains an erroneous part in microcode.c:
>
>- if (c->x86_vendor != X86_VENDOR_INTEL || c->x86 < 6){
>+ if (c->x86_vendor != X86_VENDOR_INTEL || c->x86 != 6){
> printk(KERN_ERR "microcode: CPU%d not an Intel P6\n",
>cpu_num);
>
>
>It was not in Daniel's cleanup patch which I saw but came from elsewhere.
>Are there Intel CPUs with family>6 which do not support the same mechanism
>for microcode update as family=6? The manuals suggest that test for ">" is
>correct, i.e. that Intel will maintain compatibility with P6 wrt microcode
>update.

The patch came from me, as part of the patch kit to make the kernel
safe(r) for the Pentium IV processor. There were several places
which made unwarranted assumptions about ->x86 not exceeding 6, and
they would break since Pentium IV has family 15.

[Reading #243192 ...]
Concerning the microcode update driver, I cannot find anything in
the IA32-Vol3 manual to suggest it is not P6 specific.
The Pentium IV is not a P6, hence the stricter test.

Of course, this should be reviewed once the PentiumIV-updated
IA32-Vol3 manual has been released.

You say the manuals suggest testing for family >= 6.
Exactly which manual does that, and where?

(But I should have passed the patch to you Tigran before Linus.
Mea culpa, but it seemed such an obvious bug&fix ...)

/Mikael
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