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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.22-pre2 and AthlonMP?
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The what processor thread...

On Sun, 2003-06-29 at 01:04, Edward Tandi wrote:
> On Sun, 2003-06-29 at 00:17, Alan Cox wrote:
> > On Sad, 2003-06-28 at 23:50, Edward Tandi wrote:
> > > > > using option 'pci=noacpi' or even 'acpi=off'
> > > > > Jun 28 18:27:46 machine kernel: BIOS failed to enable PCI standards
> > > > > compliance, fixing this error.
> > > >
> > > > Start by upgrading to their current BIOS
> > >
> > > Believe or not, it _is_ the latest bios for that board
> > > (Tyan S2460 BIOS v1.05, 2nd Jan 2003).
> >
> > Then I guess you have a problem. We try and fix up BIOS problems but there
> > is a limit to what we can do, and if it has problems like the one that is
> > logged I'd be worried what else it might do - eg I suspect Nvidia 4x AGP cards
> > aren't too solid on it.
> >
> > The APIC errors also suggest something isn't happy at all at the hardware
> > layer. Are you using MP processors ?
>
> I have to admit, I have noticed something a little odd coming out of
> /proc/cpuinfo:
>
> processor : 0
> vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
> cpu family : 6
> model : 6
> model name : AMD Athlon(tm) MP
> stepping : 1
> cpu MHz : 1194.690
> 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 tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca
> cmov pat
> pse36 mmx fxsr sse syscall mmxext 3dnowext 3dnow
> bogomips : 2385.51
>
> processor : 1
> vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
> cpu family : 6
> model : 6
> model name : AMD Athlon(tm) Processor
> stepping : 2
> cpu MHz : 1194.690
> 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 tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca
> cmov pat
> pse36 mmx fxsr sse syscall mmxext 3dnowext 3dnow
> bogomips : 2385.51
>
> What confuses me here is how on earth the second processor reports
> itself without the "MP" bit and with a stepping of 2. They were
> identical processors when I put them in and I haven't touched them
> since. Is there any way this could be reported wrongly?

Further info on this, x86info gives the following results:

x86info v1.7. Dave Jones 2001
Feedback to <davej@suse.de>.

Found 2 CPUs
CPU #1
Family: 6 Model: 6 Stepping: 1 [Athlon 4 (Palomino core) Rev A2]
Processor name string: AMD Athlon(tm) MP

PowerNOW! Technology information
Available features:
Temperature sensing diode present.

CPU #2
Family: 6 Model: 6 Stepping: 2 [Athlon MP]
Processor name string: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor

PowerNOW! Technology information
Available features:
Temperature sensing diode present.


It looks like the processors may have been from two different batches!
How bizarre. Should this make any difference?

Ed-T.


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