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Old 05-20-2004, 06:49 AM   #1
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i x86, i386, i486, i586, i686 am confused?!!


Probably this is a very simple question for all of you but i am a bit confused. When i try to download something i see diferent downloads for different architectures. But i am not sure what each architecture means and which one do i need to get. can someone explain to me what each architecture means?
I have an Athlon Xp, with an Asus 7V8X-X motherboard so which architecture am i using??

thanks a lot, sorry for my english.
 
Old 05-20-2004, 07:36 AM   #2
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Use i686 for an athlon.
 
Old 05-20-2004, 07:37 AM   #3
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This is a question with comes up very regularly on the boards. A search would tell you the difference.

I am moving this to the Hardware forum.
 
Old 10-04-2006, 06:09 AM   #4
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i386 i686

what is i386 and i686 and how to chek your system is 32 bit or 64 bit and whats diferrence in 32 and 64 bit.
 
Old 10-04-2006, 10:02 AM   #5
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what is i386 and i686 and how to chek your system is 32 bit or 64 bit and whats diferrence in 32 and 64 bit.
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:04 AM   #6
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Probably this is a very simple question for all of you but i am a bit confused. When i try to download something i see diferent downloads for different architectures. But i am not sure what each architecture means and which one do i need to get. can someone explain to me what each architecture means?
I have an Athlon Xp, with an Asus 7V8X-X motherboard so which architecture am i using??

thanks a lot, sorry for my english.
As you were already informed, you will want the i686 distribution for your athlon, whenever it is available.

Generally but not always a distribution for an older processor will work fine. Commonly you will find i386 distros, which you can use if an i686 distro is not available. The tradeoff is that such a distro won't be properly optimized for your particular processor. It will run and most likely will run fine, but it makes less efficient use of your processor than a distro that is labeled for your particular processor.

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