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SubjectAthlon/K7-Opimisation problems
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Hi,

here's my data regarding the K7 optimisation problem.

Until last week I had a 1GHz Athlon with 133MHz FSB. I then bought a
1.4GHz Athlon, again 133MHz FSB.

I never had any problems with the 1GHz processor, but as soon as I
stuck the 1.4GHz processor in, the kernel oopsed itself to
oblivion. (That was with kernel 2.4.5-ac5, approximately)

I also noticed that the computer booted ok with the Debian
bootfloppies, which use a kernel compiled for i386. So after several
kernel compile/boot cycles, I found out that I had to disable K7
optimisation to make the system boot again.

The mainboard is a Tyan Trinity KT-A (S2390B) with a VIA KT133A
chipset.

After reading here that it may be the PSU, I upgraded my 300W PSU to a
431W Enermax, which made no difference.

The only difference I can make out between the working and the
non-working CPU is the internal clockspeed of the CPU and the
stepping (old: 2, new: 4).

Appended is the output of /proc/cpuinfo (I sold the old CPU, but the
guy who bought it sent me the output).

I really hope this helps someone. If anyone needs any more data, or
wants me to test something, contact me.


Yours,
leo



Old CPU:

processor : 0
vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
cpu family : 6
model : 4
model name : AMD Athlon(tm) Processor
stepping : 2
cpu MHz : 1012.530
cache size : 256 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
sep_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 1
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr 6 mce cx8 sep mtrr pge 14 cmov
pat 17 psn mmxext mmx fxsr 3dnowext 3dnow
bogomips : 2018.51

New CPU:

processor : 0
vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
cpu family : 6
model : 4
model name : AMD Athlon(tm) Processor
stepping : 4
cpu MHz : 1400.098
cache size : 256 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 1
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr syscall mmxext 3dnowext 3dnow
bogomips : 2791.83
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