Can I run a 64 bit os?

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  1. jmoffat

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    I have a computer of unknown age. It has an AMD FX Quad core Processor. Will it run a 64 bit operating system? How do I find out.
     
  2. Papabravo

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    You track down the datasheet to answer the question. FWIW there is no point in running a 64-bit OS on a non-64-bit processor.
     
  3. JohnInTX

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    You'd think that would be easy to know but it took a look at AMD to find that the FX was the 'Bulldozer' architecture which Wikipedia says is an X86-64 architecture so it looks like its 64 bits. You didn't say which OS you are looking at but Microsoft has utilities that suggest an OS version by inspecting your hardware - even though its going to want you to run Win10. Maybe Linux has something like that, too. Otherwise, a specific search (can I run Debian Linux / Win 7 home on an AMD FX xxx with xx Gig of RAM) should get you some useful stuff.

    Note in the Wiki article that there are some differences in x86-64 architectures between Intel and AMD - minor but worth knowing about.

    Good luck in your search.
     
  4. Papabravo

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    I never said tracking down datasheets was easy, just that it is usually the most authoritative source.
     
  5. joeyd999

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    Download a copy of 64 bit Ubuntu or Mint, burn to a CD or USB, and see if it boots!
     
  6. paulktreg

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    If it's a quad core processor then I'd be reasonably confident that it can run a 64 bit OS.
     
  7. joeyd999

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    Agreed. But it's more fun my way.
     
  8. Dr.killjoy

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    It really depends on the hardware ... If you have 4gb max of ram then 32bit would best but if you want to use more that 4gb then run 64bit..
     
  9. joeyd999

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    Why? Isn't it more efficient to process data 64 bits at a time than 32 bits, regardless of memory?
     
  10. paulktreg

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    It's an AMD quad core processor so whether it's running 2GB or 4GB of RAM which is likely it will run a 64 bit OS but depending on what the system is expected to do will impact on speed.
     
  11. Dr.killjoy

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  12. paulktreg

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    Read it!

    Changes nothing?

    A quad core processor which let's face it isn't going to have anything less than 2GB of memory will run what I presume is a Windows or better still Linux based 64 bit OS?

    How well it performs of course depends on what you expect from the system.
     
  13. shteii01

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  14. hrs

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    This is only true for quantum computers.
     
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