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i have a few systems (linux boxes and windows boxes) that are currently 32bit hardware systems with 32bit OS installed and running.
These systems are HP desktops pc with intel pentium chipset, Dell desktop pc with AMD chipset, IBM xSeries servers with intel pentium chipset.
but now i want to upgrade all these systems (workstation/servers) to 64bit OS, but need the 64bit supported hardware.
the strange question is,
is there "possibly" any way to work around this 32bit hardware systems and make them ready to accept 64bit OS?
Not necessarily. Some boards support 64-bit even though they came with only 32-bit processors. One of the ones that pops to my mind is the Dell Latitude D620 laptop. It's fully 64-bit capable, but the default processor was a Core Duo T2400 (no 64-bit). The upgrade processors were T5600 Core 2 Duo, T7000, T7200 Core 2 Duos (all 64-bit).
Wow, that's one of the ones we used to use at work.
No, no chance of getting 64-bit on there. The chipset doesn't support 64-bit processors, and I don't believe there were even any made in that particular socket configuration, as that's an older P4. Only the Prescott based P4's supported EMT64 (Intels name for the AMD64 extensions) to my knowledge.