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Dual CPUs with Personal Edition

Contributed by: Scot Hacker
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

Windows 95/98 are single-processor operating systems. If you run them on a dual-proc machine, Windows will disable the second processor in hardware. Because BeOS Personal Edition usually gets launched from within Windows, it finds that 2nd (or 4th, or 8th) processor already shut down, thereby nullifying one of Be’s great advantages — the best symmetric multiprocessing in the industry.

The solution to this problem is the same as given in Common hardware problems in Personal Edition — just find a way to cold or warm boot your machine so that BeOS can initialize the hardware on its own. This can be done by booting Personal Edition from a boot floppy or by installing to a separate partition and booting with bootman.

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