Ok, so I just got this 533 mhz k6-2 compaq from my step-grandmother that I was going to put Windows2k on for the kiddies to use. I stuck 64 more RAM in it, giving it 128 total, minus 8 for the s3 blade or whatever integrated video. With a 20 gig (Quantum, ughhh) HD and an old 4x philips CDRW, this thing is obviously a beast.
The first thing I noticed on turning it on was that it tells you "Hard Drive reports Imminent Failure" or something to that effect on the horrible compaq POST screen. Probably should've replaced it right there, but I'm stupid. So I'm installing windows, and the first time around I get a BSOD. Ok, restart, try again. Formats the drive to ntfs, at 9% copying files the hard drive lets out a horrific squeal, clicks louder than it probably should be able to, and then after about 2 minutes of this gives up the ghost for good. Damnit.
So now I take out my trusty 4 gig seagate, and slap that monstrous storage device in there. Won't format it. Goddamn you! I try that a few times, getting BSODs for some reason whenever I wait too long to press f8 at the first screen after setup loads, and still no formattin'. Same thing when I tried my XP install disc. Makes no sense, I know this drive works fine, and it even gets to 100% when formatting, but still says it fails.
I ended up formatting it with a 100 meg partition for C: and the rest as D:, which, for some reason, worked. Oh well, as long as it runs. It'll probably only be used for light surfing and flash games anyway.
BTW, has anybody else had a 533 mhz k6-2? I thought they got recalled, though that may have only been the k6-3s. In any case, I'm curious as to how this thing performs.