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November 26, 1998


By CBR Staff Writer

Advanced Micro Devices Inc is now offering the Microsoft Corp patch for Windows 95 free of charge, in order to resolve incompatibilities between the operating system and its K6-2 chip (CI No 3,543). Microsoft had been offering the patch for from its own web site, but insisted on charging users a $35 fee. The incompatibilities resulted in failures during the boot sequence. There appears to have been some disagreement over where the fault lay, with AMD insisting that it was caused by a software timing loop sensitive to processor frequency, and was not a processor error. AMD says it has been working closely with Microsoft since September, when the problem was first noted. The patch – which doesn’t resolve issues associated with the retail versions of Windows 95 – can be downloaded from AMD saw its shares rise $3.50 to $29.13 just before Thanksgiving, as Merrill Lynch analyst Tom Kurlack raised his rating on the company from nuetral to accumulate. Kurlak says that, due to the booming sub $1,000 PC market, AMD could be on target to ship 12m K6 chips this year, and could grow sales to 40m units by 2001.

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