I know many people have perhaps upgraded to the Athlon 64s etc but I still have my K7D Master from MSI with dual Athlon MP clocked at 2600+. For me this is perhaps one of the best and most stable PCs I have ever used.
I recently got an X1600 AGP from ATi which is the maximum ATi card for AGP and unfortunately given that money does'nt come easily I found to my great disappointment that it just does'nt run with two CPUs enabled in any reliable way. I have built a test system out of the machine with 2 windows installs, one stable and one for testing and some of the fixes work some of the time, but never all of the time.
Whats the point of all this? The AMD MP platform may look old at 3-4 yrs but to me (a programmer) in the real world it is still one [content edited] of a fast machine. Following conventional wisdom I would now have to throw away 2 processors + 1 Gb DDR + mobo and spend a small fortune to get a new system? I don't want to, and I don't think after spending 2000 odd euro to build this computer, which is still very very fast, that I honestly need to.
I have read forum after forum and tried fix after fix and while it is true you can get two processors running (and it is mega quick when that happens), it is more a case of voodoo than computer logic. Linux works ok so whats the matter with windows?
I have seen AMD post new drivers for their Athlon 64 platforms but we remian stuck at AGP 5.33? Perhaps AMD don't have the time to sort this out or ATi (odd situation that that the two are merging now) but I do know this problem was examined at one time or another by AMD (in one of the earlier posts at 2cpu I think) and they said they would try and do something positive.
Well nothing seems to have happened. If I knew what was wrong maybe we the users might try to fix this at the code level? but it is difficult to see what could be wrong except that the problem is repeatable and so many users have complained.
The point is us AMD 762 users need some help from AMD, and while I appreciate it might not be convienient or cost-effective for them to devote large resources to a few users with problems on an old board, any information they have on the issue might help us who don't have the money to buy new computers because drivers don't work and while our machines can run modern software perfectly well (rFactor 1280 x 1024 x 32 @ 60-100 fps all mods on with /onecpu). I disagree completely
with the view of one person/moderator that the AMD just should'nt bother because it is too old, which is not true, they do still support user problems on old products.
Sorry about the length of this post - it is short compared to the weeks and weeks I have spent tried to solve this problem. If anyone does have any information on this issue please post something
or maybe we could try and work out the problem ourselves and then fix the driver? (pipedream)