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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Athlon bug stomper. Pls apply.
In article <> you write:
| On Wed, 19 Sep 2001, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
| > If it were only 5%, I would vote for disabling the optimisation given the
| > number of problems; however it's 2x _and_ you can trigger the bug as normal
| > user from userspace too... so we need to fix the hardware/bios.
| But we really dont know what the hell that bit is doing. It might trigger
| some other obscure bugs and make things a real mess.
| Until we get some answer from VIA its IMHO a bad idea to start twiddling
| this bit willy-nilly on all machines.

We know one thing it's doing, keeping user programs from causing errors.
If the error didn't occur in user mode I would be more careful, but
having been shown that it does, I will use the fix. Since the older BIOS
versions set it the other way, I'm willing to assume it's safe and move

bill davidsen <>
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case, people would die."
-- Robert Lipe
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