Subject: Re: wrong CPU detection
To: Yeng-Chee Su <>
From: Herb Peyerl <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/17/1994 09:16:04
:   I've just installed NetBSD-current on a new machine.  The CPU is a intel
: 486DX2-66.  However, the kernel detects a wrong CPU type as a Pentium.  I
: think it might be wrong code in locose.s.  All non-detectable 486 CPU will
: be regarded as 586.  The kernel is 94/02/14.  Without adding I_586 in
: configuration, I can't start the machine.

This appears to be a symptom of a newer batch of chips coming from the
factory... Something about the Processor-id flag which wasn't really
supposed to be in the '486 but in the 586.  I guess the newer chips are
shipping with this... 

I'm not the definitive answer on this; I was just in the room when it was
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