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    SubjectRe: Triton II + 6x86 hangs
    On Mon, 4 Nov 1996, Harald Koenig wrote:

    > > > I recently "upgraded" to a generic Triton II motherboard with a Cyrix
    > > > 6x86 processor. At random times my system now hangs completely - it
    > > >
    > > > Does anyone know what could be causing these hangs?
    > >
    > > I think it's a problem with the Cyrix chip. I had a similar problem with
    > > a similar setup. The thing would just stop. I got both the motherboard
    > > and the chip at the same time from the same vendor at a "Computer Show".
    > > I brought __BOTH__ back and the vendor swaped the CPU. End of problem.
    >
    > according to an articel in a german computer journal (c't 11/96 p.268)
    > Cyrix 6x86 up to version 2.6 have a bug in cache management which
    > can cause system crashes in every OS (even Win*).
    >
    > this bug should be fixed in chip version 2.7 (but don't ask me how to
    > find out the version of your chip; don't know).

    Isn't this the stepping field in /proc/cpuinfo? e.g.,

    processor : 0
    cpu : 586
    model : 6x86 2x Core/Bus Clock
    vendor_id : CyrixInstead
    stepping : 1 rev 7
    fdiv_bug : no
    hlt_bug : no
    fpu : yes
    fpu_exception : yes
    cpuid : yes
    wp : yes
    flags : fpu
    bogomips : 119.60


    -bp
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    # B. James Phillippe # System Administrator [terran.org]
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