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    Mint 64/32 bit disc.

    Hi all, I have bought a Linux Mint cd 64-bit by mistake can I install it onto my old 32-bit machine or should I get the 32-bit disc. thanks.

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    Re: Mint 64/32 bit disc.

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    Hello!

    Mint is based on Ubuntu, but it is a different distro in its own right.

    If your machine architecture is 32 bit, you will not be able to install the 64 bit verison of Mint.

    Can you tell us a bit more about your hardware?
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    Re: Mint 64/32 bit disc.

    If you old machine is 64 bit capable then it should be fine. If it is truly a 32 bit machine then you must use a 32 bit version. A 32 bit version can be installed on a 64 bit machine but not the other way round.

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    Re: Mint 64/32 bit disc.

    Welcome to the Forum.

    Short answer is no.

    It will not work. A 32-bit capable machine cannot run a 64-bit os. A 64-bit machine can run either, though it is preferable to use a 64-bit OS on a 64-bit machine.

    So in your case you will need to get the 32-bit version.

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    Re: Mint 64/32 bit disc.

    Many thanks, no problem I will buy the correct CD the 64-bit will be useful when I upgrade to 64-bit.

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    Re: Mint 64/32 bit disc.

    What are your CPU specs?

    Some CPU's dating back to Intel P4 Prescott days are 64-bit capable. The later Pentium D & Pentium Extreme Edition are also 64-bit.
    Last edited by mips; March 2nd, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

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