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Old 01-11-2005, 09:46 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Slackware 10.0 on a 64-Bit AMD Processor and motherboard....


Hey, I'm getting a new system today. I needed one for a contract that landed on my lap and I had to hussle to get it. And after being approved for $1500 Canadian, I got myself upgraded from a $750 system (with 17" flat screen crt) to one that has an AMD Athlon 3000+ and a motherboard able to support it. I also got myself a ATI 8600 series video card (i looked and made sure source code for 3d hw acceleration would be available) and a bunch of other trimmings.

The biggest thing i was looking for was not so much the best processor money could buy but the best value as well as i wanted a system that did not have things like a kick as video card yet a shitty motherboard that could not support it....

in any event, i got a dream machine (i think) and will be having some fun getting it setup today, only my high-speed internet is down so i'll have to make do with what comes off the slackware 10.0 cds....

i think i'm in for a treat given that WinBlows cannot support 64 bit but linux can.... i'm hoping it can do this out of the box....

any suggestions on how to get the most out of it all would be greatly appreciated

cheers and happy new year

- perry
 
Old 01-11-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
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well, you can recompiel your kernel after slack is installed and have kernel support for 64bit extensions, but slack10 as is does nto make use of 64bit, it will run onit just fine, but then again so would windows, so really you are not getting anything special. In order to make use of the 64 bit extensions you need to install a 64bit optimized/compiled system. You can use gentoo for amd64, I have also heard there is a mandrake/fedora/debian for 64 bit, never head of one for slack though.

I myself use gentoo amd64 for my brand spanking new nforce4 + athlon64 3500 setup
 
Old 01-13-2005, 10:49 AM   #3
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well, you can recompiel your kernel after slack is installed and have kernel support for 64bit extensions, but slack10 as is does nto make use of 64bit, it will run onit just fine, but then again so would windows, so really you are not getting anything special. In order to make use of the 64 bit extensions you need to install a 64bit optimized/compiled system. You can use gentoo for amd64, I have also heard there is a mandrake/fedora/debian for 64 bit, never head of one for slack though.

I myself use gentoo amd64 for my brand spanking new nforce4 + athlon64 3500 setup
thanks for pointing that out....

i suspect, i'll be trudging along at 32-bit until i get decent internet access to this site....

as i have a contract on the table and can't waste time on this at the moment

(but i'm looking forward to recompiling to support the ATI 9600 XT card)

- perry
 
Old 01-13-2005, 01:40 PM   #4
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You should of picked nVidia for the video card instead of an ATI for the video card because nVidia makes it easier to install their drivers.

There is no 64-bit software at this time. The distributions that provides 64-bit support uses a compile flag that will tell gcc to try to convert 32-bit code to 64-bit code. You are not really getting 64-bit programs. You just getting a semi 64-bit programs. AMD processors does not have a performance penalty when running 32-bit program if the processor is 64-bit.

Disc 3 and disc 4 for Slackware 10 are source code for the programs.

Good luck configuring the ATI card and re-compiling all the programs.
 
  


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