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Re: "Hackers", the movie (*RANT!*)

Article: 8646 of alt.hackers
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Newsgroups: alt.hackers
Subject: Re: "Hackers", the movie  (*RANT!*)
Date: 21 Sep 1995 06:57:56 GMT
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Daniel Garcia ( wrote:


: BTW - I know you said not to, but i have to ask - howdja get a 386dx80?
: I have a 386dx33 that gets a whole 2.5 bogoMIPS, and since it's my network
: router (and runs email, web server, ftp server, possibly a mud, etc... :)
: I'd like to up the performance anyway I can (already bumped up the
: memory :).

This is totally strange - I just looked at the bogoMIPS score for my 386DX33,
and it is 6.50. 2.5 is just way too low. For info, the config I am using is:

Intel 386DX33
Intel 387DX33
8 MB 70ns RAM
AMI BIOS / Opti motherboard (hand-tuned BIOS settings for speed)
BIOS date of 1991.
Linux kernel v.1.2.9

Anyway, if your BIOS has some settings to tune, give them a shot. I got a 20%
performance boost that way - and everything still works. I also double the VGA
speed by changing the ISA speed from 7.333 MHz to 12 MHz and removing a couple
of wait states - VGA speed is now 4700+ KB/second. Tuning is my life.

ObHack: Linux kernel was recompiled - no sweat - with sound support. But,
I have
a SB 2.0 at $220, and a GUS at $240 - and Linux decided to make the SB
and /dev/dsp. Well, I am too lazy to remake all of the entries in /dev,
so I just
take the install script from the sound driver README and flip the /dev/audio1
and /dev/dsp1 entries to /dev/audio and /dev/dsp, and vice versa. Voila! I
even have to reboot - everything works. Snazzy! And I know next to zilcho

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