K6-2 bug hampers Gateway PC sales

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K6-2 bug hampers Gateway PC sales

Gateway Inc. has delayed the shipment of some of its new Select PCs, because of problems connected with Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s K6-2 chip.

The company is instead offering customers the option of an Intel Corp. Celeron-based system for the same price.

The delay is the result of several minor hardware glitches, such as prolonged boot-up time, that Gateway discovered during quality-control testing on an early run of the new PCs.

The anomaly was tracked to the PCI bus on the motherboard, which is manufactured by Microstar International. It wasn’t seen in 100 percent of the machines, so some Gateway Select PCs using K6-2 have shipped.

PC Week has posted the story at http://www.pcweek.com

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