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Date:      Tue, 5 Nov 1996 09:42:32 -0500 (EST)
From:      Bill/Carolyn Pechter <>
To: (David Lewis)
Cc: (FreeBSD-questions)
Subject:   Re: Cyrix vs. Intel
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "David Lewis" at Nov 4, 96 06:47:19 pm

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> Hey, 
> Does anyone know if there are problems using the new Cyrix chips with
> FreeBSD and/or Linux??  I assume not, but I really don't want to buy a
> Cyrix-based machine if it's not going to work properly with either of those
> OS's.
> Thanks.
> -David

Well, my VESA motherboard came with the Cyrix chip -- (the 586-100) -- but
the board wouldn't run with the 586.  The problem was it would recognize
and identify the Adaptec 1542 controller and SCSI drives -- but wouldn't 
read/write the busmastering controller.  IT worked fine with the IDE
C: drive (dos/os2).  I dropped a 486/DX2 66 in and it all works.
With internal and external cache off -- it worked SLOWLY... and not from the
OS/2 boot mgr...

Be careful.  I'm going to reattempt the 586 insert and play with the cache
jumpers -- since it's probably the Cyrix write-back cache.


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