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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86 boot time check for cpu features
On Fri, 3 Nov 2000, Brian Gerst wrote:

> > That bug fix is for the earlier Cyrix 6x86 if I'm not mistaken.
> > The MII is a different monster.
> According to the docs on VIA's site, the MII's cpuid can still be turned
> off, but it is on by default at reset. I wouldn't trust the BIOS to not
> screw it up.

Err, what? If it's on by default...
A old BIOS that doesn't know about it won't switch it off.
A BIOS that does know about it will leave it (or maybe offer an option to
disable it)

If neither of the above are true (Ie, a BIOS bug) and it's switched off
by the time Linux boots, I think we'd have heard about it by now, as MII
users would notice a lack of features.



| Dave Jones <>
| SuSE Labs

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