2000-10-27 01:15:58

by Alan Cox

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Subject: Re: missing mxcsr initialization

> > corrected for include the facts that the XMM feature bit is an Intel specific
> > bit that other vendors may use for other things, so you need to test vendor ==
> ^^^
> Note that they shouldn't do that! I would consider a very bad thing if they
> goes out of sync on those bits.

CPUID is vendor specific. Every bit in those fields is vendor specific. Every
piece of documentation tells you to check the CPU vendor. Every time we didnt
bother we got burned.

I keep hearing people saying things like 'bad thing' 'assume standards'. Well
all I can say is cite a vendor issued document which says 'dont bother checking
the vendor'.

And when you can't find that document, put the checks in so we dont crash on
an Athlon or when using MTRR on a Cyrix III etc