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avnd
August 26th, 2011, 01:22 AM
Hello!

I wanted to give Arch Linux a try. The manuals at Arch wiki say that the distribution is for the x86_64 and i686 architectures.

I took the hardware information on my very old PC

1. The info given by the currently installed Windows Xp on it:
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~2660 Mhz

2. The info from a live Knoppix CD:
Processor
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-Processor-
Name : Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.66GHz
Family, model, stepping : 15, 4, 1 (Pentium 4)
Vendor : Intel
-Configuration-
Cache Size : 256kb
Frequency : 2660.25MHz
BogoMIPS : 5322.19
Byte Order : Little Endian
-Features-
FDIV Bug : no
HLT Bug : no
F00F Bug : no
Coma Bug : no
Has FPU : yes
Level 2 (Unified) : 4-way set-associative, 512 sets, 256KB size
-Capabilities-
fpu : Floating Point Unit
vme : Virtual 86 Mode Extension
de : Debug Extensions - I/O breakpoints
pse : Page Size Extensions (4MB pages)
tsc : Time Stamp Counter and RDTSC instruction
msr : Model Specific Registers
pae : Physical Address Extensions
mce : Machine Check Architeture
cx8 : CMPXCHG8 instruction
apic : Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller
sep : Fast System Call (SYSENTER/SYSEXIT)
mca : Machine Check Architecture
cmov : Conditional Move instruction
pat : Page Attribute Table
pse36 : 36bit Page Size Extensions
clflush : Cache Line Flush instruction
dts : Debug Store
acpi : Thermal Monitor and Software Controlled Clock
mmx : MMX technology
fxsr : FXSAVE and FXRSTOR instructions
sse : SSE instructions
sse2 : SSE2 (WNI) instructions
ss : Self Snoop
ht : HyperThreading
tm : Thermal Monitor
pbe : Pending Break Enable
nx : No-execute Page Protection
lm : LAHF/SAHF in long mode
constant_tsc : TSC ticks at a constant rate
up : smp kernel running on up
bts : Branch Trace Store
pni : Streaming SIMD Extension 3 (Prescott New Instruction)
dtes64
monitor
ds_cpl : CPL Qualified Debug Store
tm2 : Thermal Monitor 2
cid : Context ID
cx16 : CMPXCHG16B instruction
xtpr : Send Task Priority Messages

I read a little about the x86 architecture and the 386,486 etc was not something I really understood. Apparently, I need to have an i686. It would be nice if someone could tell me if my PC can run Arch Linux.
Thanks!

Cheers!

avnd
August 26th, 2011, 01:30 AM
I really should have searched the Arch forums ;)

For anyone who has the same question...

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=51123

Cheers!