>I have an ASUS TX97-XE motherboard, with 430TX PCIset and a Pentium 233
>Mhz CPU. In a recent article (PC Professionell Jan 2000), there was an
>announcement that AMD would come with a K6-2 533 Mhz processor on socket
>7 and that even old motherboards with the 430TX chipset, such as the
>ASUS97-E, could be upgraded.
>Has anyone experience with such upgrade? Does it work for an ASUS
>TX97-XE motherboard? And, if it works, is it just "replace CPU" and off
>you go? Or are there problems to be expected on hardware/software
>level? The clock? Running SuSE 6.1 Linux plus W'95 under vmware.
I installed an AMD K6-2/400 (Evergreen Spectra400) in what was originally
a P100 box and the only hardware requirement was setting the system
voltage to VRE enable. System multiplier is not used. It comes with
updated flash BIOS that can handle 8 really big drives and you can set any
drive as the boot drive (I only use that to boot to an old Win95 hdb).
Just 2 things to look out for. The BIOS has a setting for memory speed
and the default 55 ns was too fast for my old 60 ns EDO RAM. Once I
corrected that setting, Linux ran no problem (at the wrong setting it
core dumped, but did not damage anything).
Win95 is another story. It uses software timing loops that cause things
to crash with fast cpu. I followed instructions to disable APM and real
mode cdrom driver (for DOS boot) and it still crashed, Finally discovered
that it did not like my monitor driver. The generic SVGA driver works.
Win98 works fine. Just don't expect it to be as fast as a Pentium. My
400 MHz compiles a kernel in about 7 minutes and my PIII 500 laptop does
it in 3. The K6 fpu sucks (K6 400 is only 15% faster than P200 MMX
so other things are faster.