[GLLUG] Quickie AMD Newbie Question

Brian Hoort hoortbri at msu.edu
Fri Nov 14 12:27:35 EST 2003

Obviously, I should have been more detailed in my question, though I think 
you answer most of it.  Was trying to be brief.

I'm running Debian, and want to not compile my own kernel, unless necessary 
for function.  When you look through the available kernel packages, 
(kernel-image-2.4.18-1-[chip designation goes here]) there is no mention of 
Athlon, and I wasn't sure which one to choose.  I was trying to ask in a 
generic way so that I could also use the advice to compile my own kernel if 
necessary.  Given your response, I should choose:


At 10:51 AM 11/14/2003, you wrote:
>On Friday 14 November 2003 10:03, after a long battle with technology,
>Brian Hoort wrote:
> > I've got my first AMD -- an Athlon.  Under the kernel optimizations,
> > I should choose IA32 and not AMD K6 or K7, right?
>Athlon{TBird,XP,MP} = K7; the menu choice in "make menuconfig" you want
>is labeled "Athlon/Duron/K7".  "IA32" is not a valid CPU type; it
>describes everything from a 386 to the latest Athlon MP.
>If you meant "should I compile my kernel for a 386 instead of the
>processor type I have?", I don't know.  Some people say things actually
>work faster this way.  I never saw significant improvements from trying
>that.  The big win comes from compiling libc and CPU-intensive
>applications (mplayer, xine, etcetera) with -O2 , MMX/SSE, and -march=
>set properly.

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