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Created On: 08/17/2006 11:03 PM
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 08/17/2006 11:03 PM
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fizzbang
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From the Microsoft hotfix and the AMD drivers web pages...

Microsoft says...
"This hotfix also addresses the following issues on computers that have multiple processors that support processor performance states:
• A possible decrease in performance on single-threaded workloads when processor performance states are using demand-based switching.
The synchronization of the processor Time Stamp Counter (TSC) registers across processors when you use the ACPI Power Management timer on multiprocessor systems.
• ACPI C-state promotion and demotion issues in the kernel power manager."


AMD says...
"The AMD Dual-Core Optimizer helps to correct the resulting video performance effects or other incorrect timing effects that these applications may experience on dual-core processor systems, by periodically adjusting the core time-stamp-counters, so that they are synchronized."

My question is, can having 2 applications contending for control of the TSC's at the same time cause problems? I have a programmer friend who says "Two separate drivers trying to 'correct' the TSC's, at the same time, in an uncoordinated fashion, could cause severe problems, up to and including freezes and crashes." Is he right?

Up to this point I’d never installed either, so I decided to do a little experimenting. When I installed either the optimizer or the hotfix alone, my computer ran fine. When I installed both together, it usually froze either immediately once it get into Windows, or soon thereafter. And we've all seen the scads of "I just installed the AMD Optimizer and it sucks!" threads. I've noticed that when the they mention it at all, most of them have the hotfix already installed. Of course the counter argument is that there are plenty of others who are running with both apps installed and are having no problems.

Opinions? Comments? Corrections? Flames?

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 08/18/2006 12:44 AM
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have all the patches, hotfixes, optimizers, and no crashes at all

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 08/18/2006 03:00 AM
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*SIGH* despite my machine folding 24/7 and thus under full load all the time i have yet to see a single crash.

unless you have any evidence other than a theory i would say stop scare mongering /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="h34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

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 08/18/2006 07:16 AM
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Scare mongering? Wow. All I know is that when I install both, my machine crashes. When I install only one or the other, it's fine. I know a bunch of other folk who've had the same results, (only anecdotal, I know) and if you look at the many "I just installed the AMD optimizer and it sucks!" threads, well there's something going on.

Not scare mongering, just putting info in front of the community. If its right and helps someone, great. If it's wrong, no big deal; I've been wrong plenty of times before. Maybe I should have phrased the heading in the form of a question?

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 08/18/2006 07:37 AM
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ok thats fair enough but you didnt state that in your original post. all you said was "this software does this and this software does that so i think this will happen"
you didnt say youhad a problem you phrased as a theory based on the description of the two pieces of saftware in question

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 08/18/2006 08:21 AM
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I take your point too. I'm going to reformat the OP and try to get some more info.

edit: You'd think I'd have learned by now that late nights, tequila, and forums don't mix.

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 08/18/2006 12:40 PM
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When I just installed my X2 3800+ I just did the AMD driver and the optimizer, no problems yet.

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 12/21/2006 02:42 AM
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I installed the optimizer, and now when I try to boot Windows, it resets my computer.

Going into Safe Mode, the event viewer says:
"Microsoft ® Windows ® 5.01. 2600 Service Pack 2 Multiprocessor Free."
as the last event logged before restarting.

I want to get rid of the optimizer but Add/Remove programs says:
"The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running Windows in safe mode, or if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance."

I looked for the Hotfix #896256 to remove, but it wasn't in my Add/Remove Programs list.

What am I supposed to do?
 12/21/2006 04:52 AM
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have you installed the processor driver? (yes, it has one)

the file that runs at start up is located at:

C:\Program Files\AMD\amd_dc_opt\amd_dc_opt.exe

maybe try renaming it to something else temp. and see if that helps?

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 12/22/2006 09:26 PM
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I installed the hotfix and enabled it by following this tutorial. I'm back up.

Windows will not start up if you only install the hotfix.
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