help pentium bug f0 0f

Ashok Aiyar aiyar at ebv.oncology.wisc.edu
Mon Jan 19 10:41:29 EST 1998


On 19 Jan 1998 14:59:44 +0100,
guillermo mulliert carlin (gmc at gauguin.legg.u-nancy.fr) wrote:
>Hi,
>  We installed linux in one compueter and it reports us 
>
>Warning: Pentium bug F0 0F
>
>  Does anyone know what is this bug? 

The bug is described at the following URL:
http://support.intel.com/support/processors/pentium/ppiie/index.htm

Essentially, an invalid instruction locks up Pentium and Pentium MMX
chips.  This bug is fixed in Linux kernels 2.0.32 and later.  Several
other vendors have also written work-arounds for this CPU bug in their
operating systems.  For more information take a look at:
http://support.intel.com/support/processors/pentium/ppiie/software.htm

>If this bug concenrs calculations does
>anyone have a simple test to do with the calculator or excel? 

It does not concern calculations (that's the FDIV bug, which was 
discovered and fixed a long while ago).

Cheers,
Ashok
-- 
Ashok Aiyar, Ph.D.
McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research
aiyar at ebv.oncology.wisc.edu




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