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Tracy McPherson
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2002 - 2:01 pm:   

I have a computer with an AMD K6 processor (500Mhz) that constantly locks up and gives me blue screens and error messages. I have replaced the processor with a new one, reloaded Win 98 SE, tried different hardrives, and tried different memory configurations and types, all to no avail. The computer is usable, but it just isn't very stable or reliable. I have been told that the K6 processor has a lot of compatability issues with some devices and software programs and that you don't have the same issues with Pentium based systems. Does anyone have any experience with this? If this is true of the K6 procesor, do the newer AMD's have these same issues and instability? Please let me know if you have seen these problems before! I would like to upgrade this computer and would like to know what typ of system and processor is the most stable.


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Posted on Friday, September 20, 2002 - 3:31 am:   

Might want to try another power supply or ram swap if you can borrow a slice.

Have heard most of the K6 incompatibiltiy issues were false.

I like the Athlon systems on a decent mainboard myself. But just put together a Celeron system for my son which was able to make use of the existing ram. Plus the Celeron runs cool and almost any old heatsink/fan combo will do.
Posted on Friday, September 20, 2002 - 5:09 am:   

ah.... i had them, and it was from the FIC brand, had to load drivers for the motherboard and particularly for the irq. also, it only took, (takes, it's still in use) certain video cards and the ram had to be a certain rating, goldstar memory was best in this one. but i got micron to work too if it's fast enough. the athlon's are definately better. but if you have problems with this one and want to keep it working, i'd double check what the motherboard needs; could be a chip that's not up to date, if so, then you have to get a newer motherboard or you'll be dealing with these problems all the time. updated drivers should help, but only so far. bios as well.

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