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UIIIU
June 24th, 2008, 06:32 AM
this is a dumb question but i cant figure it out. I have an intel centrino duo computer, do i do the standard desktop download or do i do the 64bit AMD and intel comps.

gtdaqua
June 24th, 2008, 06:39 AM
Centrino Duo platforms have 'Core 2 Duo' processors. 'Core 2' series are 64-bit capable. But for a laptop/desktop, its best to go with 32-bit OS. Its straightforward than 64-bit versions.

bluepowder7
June 24th, 2008, 07:26 AM
if your machine is a 64-bit, you can run either a 32-bit or a 64-bit OS. the 64 would be more "correct", but the 32 would be marginally more "universal". on the other hand, a 32 would be like filling up your car's fuel tank only half way because you don't drive long distances.

gtdaqua
June 24th, 2008, 07:31 AM
With 64-bit, you have to do a quite a bit of tweaks to get certain things installed. They are not straightforward. You need to use 32-bit Java runtime on a 64-bit Ubuntu. You need 32-bit flash too.

If you are not a hardcore audio/video specialist encoding & decoding stuff all the time, then you should be happy with 32-bit. Actually, happier in my opinion.

conscious
June 24th, 2008, 07:33 AM
Another consideration is the amount of memory you have. If you have 4 GB or more, a 32-bit system just can't take full advantage of it.

As I understand it, the thing that makes people run 32-bit system on 64-bit hardware is the poor availability of proprietary software, such as wireless drivers or Flash plugin for Firefox.

gtdaqua
June 24th, 2008, 07:42 AM
Another consideration is the amount of memory you have. If you have 4 GB or more, a 32-bit system just can't take full advantage of it.

As I understand it, the thing that makes people run 32-bit system on 64-bit hardware is the poor availability of proprietary software, such as wireless drivers or Flash plugin for Firefox.

There are some who are happy with 64-bit OS but I wouldn't recommend if you want a straightforward OS. Things could easily become a nightmare with the poor availability of 64-bit dependencies.

Cadmus
June 24th, 2008, 08:22 AM
I thought most of the teething troubles with 64-bit versions (e.g. java, flash) had been sorted out now and there was little practical difference?

3rdalbum
June 24th, 2008, 08:41 AM
Let's give the original poster a simple answer, ay?

If you have 3 gigabytes of RAM or less, then the 32-bit edition is what you want. If you have more than 3 gigabytes, then the 64-bit edition is what you want.

"Centrino Duo" doesn't help a lot unfortunately, as the older machines with this label are 32-bit only. If the word "Centrino" is in red or pink, then it's definitely 64-bit; if it's in black then it could be either.

bluepowder7
June 24th, 2008, 04:53 PM
i have 2G of ram and i'm quite happy running the 64-bit version.

isn't there a command that the OP can run that'll tell him the specs of the processor? might need to do it from a live cd, but it should still be available.