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Old 10-22-2003, 08:33 PM   #1
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i386 or i686?


i have RH9 installed on a AthlonXP 1700+. When i downloaded the ISOs i tried to read which to choose and basically what i read said i686 was for the new Pentium 4s, so i got i386.

Now i have read that i386 if for old 386s and i686 is for bascically over 1ghz cpus.

Now my question is, can i upgrade to the i686 kernal (if thats waht it is)?
Would there be a preformance increase using i686 on the XP 1700+ rather than the i386?

Thanks
 
Old 10-22-2003, 08:39 PM   #2
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yes. you should be able to upgrade the kernel.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 08:41 PM   #3
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but would it be worth doin?
 
Old 10-22-2003, 08:42 PM   #4
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could be as from what i've heard i686 kernels are optomized for newer hardware. all my kernels have always been for i686.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 08:46 PM   #5
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thanx megaspaz

just one more quick question....

on boot up i read a line that states my chip is a i686, does that mean the kernal is already configured to i686??
 
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thanx megaspaz

just one more quick question....

on boot up i read a line that states my chip is a i686, does that mean the kernal is already configured to i686??
no. that's just a label i believe that states your machine is running on a p3 or higher.
 
  


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