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Old 06-19-2007, 02:07 AM   #1
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AMD Processors?

Quick question. I'm buying a new Desktop PC soon and I have heard that there are some problems using AMD with slackware. The processor I'm planning on getting is:

Dual-Core AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+ 2.0GHz 2x512KB Cache (89W)

Are there any significant problems I could encounter?
Old 06-19-2007, 02:30 AM   #2
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I have two computers, one with AMD Athlon 64 3800(single core) and one with Athlon XP 2400+(also single core). One use Slackware 11 (server) and the other use Slackware current.
Never had any problems with them.

Where did you hear this?

Old 06-19-2007, 03:06 AM   #3
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I have an Athlon64 dual core and single core and one AthlonXP. They run Slack quite well. Where did you hear that? The only thing I could see someone having an issue with would be a driver issue for a chipset, but usually a recompile will take care of that. Happy Slacking!

Old 06-19-2007, 03:52 AM   #4
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I've always had an AMD processor in my machine and never had any problems with Slackware. Currently using a Sempron 64 3400+ (I think!).
Old 06-19-2007, 05:10 AM   #5
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Have four machines with AMD processors, no problem with any linux distro.
Old 06-19-2007, 05:11 AM   #6
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No problems here with a Sempron 2600+.
Old 06-19-2007, 05:41 AM   #7
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No particular distro can cause problems with any processor so long as the kernel supports it.
Old 06-19-2007, 07:44 AM   #8
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Perhaps you meant to say slamd64, an unofficial 64-bit port of Slackware? Official Slackware will run in 32-bit mode and is as stable as anything else (if not more).
Old 06-19-2007, 07:58 AM   #9
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No problems here with my Athlon XP2000 (the perfect processor for Slack, btw)
Old 06-19-2007, 08:20 AM   #10
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Running multiple amd athelon here.

No problems .

edit multiple amd athelon machines single and dual core.
Old 06-19-2007, 08:59 AM   #11
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My notebook AMD Turion 64 x2 Runs just fine both with Slack and XP, no problems here either.
Old 06-19-2007, 11:27 AM   #12
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You shouldn't believe everything that you hear ...

Slackware will run fine ... and for better performance you may want to consider slamd64 (unofficial 64-bit Slackware), although it may be difficult to get some things like 32-bit flash player working in it.
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Originally Posted by der_11
Quick question. I'm buying a new Desktop PC soon and I have heard that there are some problems using AMD with slackware. The processor I'm planning on getting is:

Dual-Core AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+ 2.0GHz 2x512KB Cache (89W)

Are there any significant problems I could encounter?

As stated by others, you should not have a problem with AMD processors.
Since AMD is fully compatible with Intel Architecture therefore you can use any Linux that supports that family. BTW, Slackware Linux supports the Intel family among others.

Read the 11 RELEASE_NOTES for kernel information.

As for the dual core, you should read PV's 12 RC1 UPGRADE.TXT

It is recommended that you use one of the generic kernels (either the plain
kernel-generic or kernel-generic-smp) for daily use. For most systems,
you should use the generic SMP kernel if it will run, even if your system
is not SMP-capable. Some newer hardware needs the local APIC enabled in
the SMP kernel, and theoretically there should not be a performance penalty
with using the SMP-capable kernel on a uniprocessor machine, as the SMP
kernel tests for this and makes necessary adjustments. Furthermore, the
kernel sources shipped with Slackware 12.0 are configured for SMP usage,
so you won't have to modify those to build external out-of-tree modules
(such as NVidia or ATI proprietary drivers) if you use the SMP kernel.
if you plan to use 12 rc1.



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