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Linux and Pentium4 not incompatible

Linux and Pentium4 not incompatible

There is no fundamental incompatibility between the new Intel flagship, the Pentium4, and Linux. There are only a few problems with the installation of SuSE Linux 7.0 and Redhat (both with the SMP kernel 2.2.16!).

These are due to an error in the kernel, which means that, for example, the boot manager LILO (LinuxLoader) cannot be correctly written to the MBR. There are also messages like 'Root password could not be set.' The error can be avoided in both systems with the simple start parameter 'noapic'. This ensures that the kernel does not query the IO-APIC when it starts to decide whether one or more CPUs are in the system. Furthermore, on Monday SuSE published a new installation kernel on a boot diskette image . The P4 does not cause any errors on a Debian system, which is probably due to Debian's single-processor kernel

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