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SubjectRe: [BUG?] AMD 5x86 and 2.4 (was Re: [BUG?] AMD K5 and 2.4)
On Wed, Nov 15, 2000 at 11:58:27AM -0800, Barry K. Nathan wrote:
> It looks like I was mistaken in my original message. I have an AMD 5x86, not
> a K5.
> Nevertheless, menuconfig lists the 586 option as "586/K5/5x86/6x86/6x86MX".
> But, it fails to boot on my 5x86 and I have to compile for a 486 (for 2.4).
> As I mentioned in my previous message, the 586/... option boots with 2.2.
> I just noticed that, under both 2.2 and 2.4, uname -a identifies the
> machine as an i486.
> Should the 486 option be changed to "486/5x86" and the 586/... option
> changed to "586/K5/6x86/6x86MX"? Or is there a bug here that needs fixing?
> (IIRC, Cyrix and IBM made 5x86's as well - are those more like fast 486's
> or slow Pentiums? I don't remember. If they're like Pentiums, perhaps
> "486/AMD 5x86" and "586/non-AMD 5x86/6x86/6x86MX"...?)

If I recall correctly:

Am5x86 == AMD X5 == a very fast 486 processor with a big WB cache
Cx5x86 == IBM 5x86 == a slow Pentium-like processor in a 486 socket

So yes, for the AMD 5x86 you have to select '486'.

Vojtech Pavlik
SuSE Labs
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