The day I took the box to vendor, I found a BIOS patch! (MSI-6163pro)!
Case closed. If this helps anyone else.
> ! My guess is that the cache NEVER worked !!! It was just so much faster than
> what I'd had before, ... I didn't find it until I added some RAM and went to
> test that.
> cat /proc/cpuinfo >> cache size: 0 KB !!!
> I also found a some Intel utils that confirm at
> Now to see if I can get a new CPU from my vendor!
> Thanks all!
> > > I've just noticed that various things indicate missing/not found for my
> > > L2 cache on p3 450?!
> > What things are those?
> > What does `cat /proc/cpuinfo' say?
> > > The system doesn't seem to be taking a hit, though?
> > You would definitely notice decreased performance.
> > > Any ideas as to how to know for sure if I have a processor problem? ..
> > > any good diagnostic etc
> > I believe Intel still lets you use their CPU testing tools, but I
> > don't remember where to find them. You'll need a DOS boot disk for
> > those, I think.
> > --
> > In one gloss of the cut interstellarly I must immovable protect the
> > universe.
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