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Old 08-01-2003, 11:47 AM   #1
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new processor?

I plan to replace an Athlon 900 TB with an Athlon XP. To me, it seems like an easy switch. But I want to make sure it doesn't affect my current installation. Any ideas?
Old 08-01-2003, 11:50 AM   #2
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Should work just fine. I believe the architecture flag for this processor is still amd-tbird. However, even if most of your binaries are compiled with a lesser processor flag (usually i386) your system will work just fine.
Old 08-02-2003, 04:26 AM   #3
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Hello naflan,

I recently upgraded my system which runs Slackware 9, with 172 Gnome Dropline packages. I replaced the motherboard from a 66 MHz FSB to a 266-333 FSB, an old 366 MHz Celeron to an AthlonXAMD Athlon(tm) XP 1700+, some 66 Mhz SDRam for 333 DDR's and Slack never batted an eyelid. The dual booted windoze installation fell like stone LOL.

Old 08-02-2003, 04:30 AM   #4
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With slack and the likes you shouldn't have any trouble.Gentoo is another matter.I went from a 900 TB to a Athlon-XP and things where not fine.Don't know why though - a XP should be handle the TB instructions.
Old 08-02-2003, 06:36 AM   #5
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change proc with Gentoo


Warning : I had never tried Gentoo.

Gentoo try to compile everything for the best settings of your proc with the good options for flags. When compiling with gcc you have flags like -mcpu - compile for your proc but include code still compatible with others cpu - and -march - compile for your proc BUT NOT COMPATIBLE with others proc.

with gcc 3.2.2 for example you have many flags like -mcpu=athlon-xp or -mcpu=athlon-tb and the same with -march. Perharps it's the problem when swapping from athlonThunberdird to athlon XP.

Old 08-02-2003, 07:21 AM   #6
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I just reinstalled the whole thing for Athlon-xp doesn't take that long ;-).What I don't get is that the -march athlon-tbird flag generates code that doesn't run well on a Athlon-xp.I figured a xp should be able to handle the code generated for a tbird.But it doesn't - it works but there are some glitches.


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