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#36935 by seanc
Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:53 am
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#36935 by seanc
Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:53 am
Hi.

I want to convert my old Win98se pc to a dual booting Win98Se/WinXP system so that my sister can use Itunes with her new Ipod.

My socket 7 motherboard uses the intel 430tx chipset (the board is a PC Chips M550), ami bios(release 11/17/1997 S), 64 meg of ram, 30 gig hard drive.

The processor is a spectra overdrive AMD K6-2@400mhz. Normally, my amibios(the latest and last version they did for my motherboard??) disables the L1 cache on the processor causing it to run at a snails pace. The fix under Win98se is a file called L1enable.vxd which is run from Win.ini with the line

device=L1enable.vxd

This file came with the processor, so it was obviously a known problem at the time with some bioses.

The problem is, this doesn't work when I boot into WinXP and the system is so slow as to be unusuable. I know I'll need more memory as well, and it's never going to be that fast, but I only need to be able to run Itunes.

So the question is: how do I enable the L1 cache on an AMD K6-2@400mhz under WinXp.

There seem to be two options:

1. A file I can run automatically during the startup sequences or a utility that's run manually which enables the L1 cache.
2. A patch or upgrade to the bios.

Any ideas? (I know I'm going to need more ram...etc if I ever get past the cache problem...)

Hope you can help.

Cheers

Sean