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Re: Shell on AMD
Re: Shell on AMD
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 13:39:24 -0700 (PDT)
I have no problem running Emacs and M-x shell on AMD Athlon or K-6
Since the system was upgraded from a PII, it's quite possible that the
power supply is inadequate for the new cpu/chipset/memory. There is a
list of approved power supplies on the AMD web site - go to
http://www.amd.com/ and then "Processors" -> "Athlon" -> "System
Configuration Info" -> "Recommended Power Supplies".
You should check the system with a program that exercises the
cpu/memory/disk etc., such as BurnIn Test from Passmark Software
http://www.passmark.com/ (shareware, 30 day free evaluation).
Unfortunately, I don't know of any free programs of this nature.
Hope this helps,
PS: I work for AMD, but I'm not involved with cpu chips. This is not
an official AMD response.
Jim Funderburk writes:
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Shell on AMD
> Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 05:17:15 GMT
> I have posted this question for several weeks to the gnu.emacs.help listing.
> One responder, Eli Zaritskii, having looked at the details of the problem as
> listed below, suggested I try posting it to this forum.
> Let me describe a bit of background of the problem before stating some
> details. I had used EMACS-20.7 for windows on a Pentium II computer.
> Since then, I got a Pentium III computer from Dell, copied the EMACs
> directory to CD from the PII, then to the PIII Dell. Thus done, EMACs
> works fine on the PIII Dell.
> Then, I upgraded the PII computer by having a local dealer install
> an AMD K7 (Thunderbird Chip-set, A-Open motherboard). He installed
> the OS (Windows 98, Standard Edition) from the same disk as was on
> the PII. Then I copied the Emacs CD to the new system.
> On the AMD system, EMACS works fine EXCEPT THAT M-x shell
> does not work. In my early experiences, the AMD system crashed. In
> recent tests, doing things in a more controlled way, the following describes
> what happens when I try M-x shell. Mr. Zaritskii used the term 'dead shell
> window' which seemed apt, so I have adopted it in the description.
> The current status: I use EMACS for editing functions and for some ELISP
> code on the AMD, and it works fine on all these. However, I still cannot
> the shell, which is a serious limitation since I like to use EMACS as the
> development environment for program coding, mostly in JAVA for now.
> Thus, I hope the problem is just some obscure configuration problem. Please
> note that there are no files '.emacs' or 'default.el' on the system -- I
> have done
> no customization in this way ( I prefer to just load elc libraries when
> There are no such libraries loaded in the test described below.
> If there are any other things I could do to help the Emacs guru who
> will examine this problem, just let me know. If it is just some limitation
> AMD systems, I need to know that so that future system purchases will allow
> my full use of EMACS (by avoiding the AMD).
> Thanks for considering this problem.
> a. Here are some details regarding the dead shell window:
> 1. message line says 'Loading shell ... done'
> 2. line above msg line says : *shell* (Shell:run)-L:1-A11
> b. Also, menu bar has the usual shell menus : complete, In/out, and Signals.
> c. When I do Ctrl-Alt-Delete to see what tasks show, the expected 'Cmdproxy'
> d. When I exit Emacs via C-x C-c, I am prompted to end the active process,
> which shows
> Proc status Buffer Tty command
> shell run *shell* (none)
> C:/EMACS/EMACS-20.7/bin/cmdproxy.exe -i
> If I say 'yes', then Emacs exits. On some tests, when all I did after a
> restart was
> start EMACS, do M-x shell, then C-x C-c, then EMACS exited cleanly.
> I normally get a 'bell' sound while M-x shell is trying to start .
> Note that the usual 'Microsoft Windows ...' message does NOT appear in shell
> When I try 'date' then return, the cursor goes to next line but no usual
> response appears.
> When I try 'show command history' from 'In/Out' Menu, 'date' shows up.
> I have tried 'Cmdproxy.exe' outside of EMACS by double-clicking on it, and
> it seems to work fine.
> If there are any other details that you think might help resolve this
> mystery, I'll be glad
> to find them and report them to you.
> Thanks for considering the problem. I do so much in Emacs (e.g., Java
> program development)
> with the shell, that I hope this can be resolved for the AMD system I have.
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- Shell on AMD, Jim Funderburk, 2001/08/14
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