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Old 01-09-2006, 05:53 AM   #1
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Slackware 10.1 with Pentium-M - Which Kernal Optimization?

OKay, i have installed Slackware 10.1

After much reading i still cannot ascertain which CPU optimisation i should be using in the kernal.

I am running Kernal 2.4.xx for the basic install
I have also installed version 2.6.15 to get my IPW2200 nic going properly and the synaptics mouse pad...

Should i be using the P4 ? or the PM ?

I seem to read some conflicting info (not in the forum) but elsewhere..

I have a Dell 700m (sweeeet) P4m 1.8ghz notebook with 400mhz fsb and 2mb cache.

maybe these new Centrino thingi's are now referred to as PM?

please help!?? Cheers //

Old 01-09-2006, 06:19 AM   #2
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The latest and greatest is the Pentium-M (Centrino) processors. It should say this right on your laptop somewhere if not in the vast amounts of documnetation you received with purchase. Where things got confusing is with laptops like my (sweeeet) IBM Thinkpad T30 which is actually a Pentium 4-M (I think of it as a Pentium 4 with mobile technology tendancies). A clear giveaway is the 1.8ghz rating which on a true P-4 would be super outdated technology however with the Centrino Technology is right up there. You have a Pentium M Centrino laptop and want to make your kernel selection as such.
Old 01-10-2006, 02:10 AM   #3
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Hi TomaCzar,

Excellent thanks for you reply. Yes it is a centrino 1.8ghz..
I was not sure about the P4mobile or the plain PM as this appears to be Intels new naming standard for the mobile cpu's.
I was a bit sceptical about the 1.8ghz actually when i was purchasing but reading about the all the new features of the chip it seemed to outperform a 3ghz desktop P4 cpu.
I have tried to use both the P4M optimisation and the PM and the PM does appear to work somewhat better.
Thanks again!

Now i just need to configure the APM/ACPI stuff properly.


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