I'll tell you my situation . . . I've got an older IBM Aptiva 21400 series "L", that has a 233 mhz MMX. The elderly couple (meaning that they don't have a lot of bucks to buy a new computer) added DSL to their existing computer and the Verizon (dsl provider) software requires a CPU speed of 300 mhz or faster.
I'm fairly sure that the motherboard and/or Bios will not support the AMD K5 or K6 CPU's. (Please correct me here) I'm under the impression that the AMD K5/6 2.2 volt core won't play nice in this older Aptiva, ( bios date of 1997-98 ) with the P MMX running at 2.8v !
I don't have the manual for the motherboard and I looked and didn't see any CPU jumpers (there may be, I just didn't see them) to adjust core volts.
So is/was there a Pentium MMX 300mhz CPU or maybe an AMD Socket 7 CPU that is 300 mhz or above that is 2.8v core compliant ?
Thanks all and if there is a Pentium MMX 300mhz, does any one want to part with one ?
Here's the thing with the hardware requirement for DSL or cable.. it don't mean anything. As long as the computer has or can support ethernet - that is all you need. If the computer is fast enough for the user to be happy browsing the web or reading e-mail on that old computer then the speed requirement they quote is meaningless. I frequently browse the net and check e-mail on an old 300Mhz laptop - it is slow but it gets the job done. Now, if you need to connect to the DSL modem with USB and the machine only has Win95 then you have a problem.
Tere is even a Pentium333 mmx for mobile devices(low voltage)
k5 is weaker than pentium mmx, the first k6 166 and 200 MHz are 2.9 V and are as
"fast" the mmx, all the cyrix 686mmx are 2.9 v, I think they top at PR333 and are as "fast" as the mmx, and the cyrix mII is also running at 2.9 V PENTIUM2RTING 233-333(little faster).
You should buy a new pc, last year I bought for 70 E a athlon 1900+,768 mb ram, 40gb hdd,combo drive,Fx 5200 128 mb