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Old 12-13-2006, 05:39 AM   #1
mercuryone
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Question x86-64 distributions on a athlon XP?


Is it possible (and stable) to run a x86-64 distribution on a athlon XP (32 bit) system?

I'm asking as according to wikipedia x86-64 "it is a superset of the Intel x86 architecture, which it natively supports."

thanx in advance!
 
Old 12-13-2006, 08:22 AM   #2
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No, but you can do the opposite, running a 32 bit distro on an x86_64.
 
Old 12-13-2006, 07:46 PM   #3
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Me stupid question get good answer

Of course it wont work (x86-64) on a 32 bit system, 64 bits dont go into 32! duh!

But it does work the other way around (32 into 64 goes twice).

Thanx for the response!
 
Old 12-14-2006, 12:31 AM   #4
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The first 64 bit processor that Intel built wouldn't run 32bit software. When dell refused to build servers using the chip, they realized that they painted themselves into a corner and ended up getting the AMD64 design in a technology trade.
 
  


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