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Old 09-08-2014, 12:04 AM   #1
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Does a 64bit mobo reject 32bit Oss


Got a Toshiba laptop that wouldn't take any 32bit OSs, including Windoz or Linux. Inadvertently I put on Mint14 64bit, and it installed.Alas no update for 14. I'm wondering if this was a fluke, or whether I can install Mint 17, 64bit. I had no idea that it was a 64bit mobo.Any information would be greatly appreciated. Actually I still don't know that it's a 64bit mobo. I'm assuming it is.

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Old 09-08-2014, 12:16 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to LQ!
This link may give you some information.
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:18 AM   #3
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64 bit CPUs and motherboards are supposed to be backward compatible and accept 32 bit operating systems and programs but 64 bit operating systems and programs can only install and work on 64 bit hardware, so you have 64 bit hardware. You might want to run mprime on your mint linux to test your hardware. Start mprime from a terminal window and select "torture test." I typically run the torture test for 24 hours straight without pause when testing hardware.
 
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i've never experienced this.

32bit os should run on 64bit hardware.

maybe there was something different about the install media and how you created them?
 
Old 09-08-2014, 06:21 AM   #5
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Got a Toshiba laptop that wouldn't take any 32bit OSs,
"wouldn't take" tells us nothing. Specific symptoms (exactly what you did and exactly how the machine responded) might let us diagnose the problem.
 
Old 09-08-2014, 04:08 PM   #6
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I'd suspect that the laptop has newer devices that are not in the 32 bit distro's.
 
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Mint 14 is not supported any longer. You need either Mint 13 or Mint 17, both of which are still supported.
 
Old 09-08-2014, 09:04 PM   #8
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What is make &odel of computer?
How are you trying to install usb or cd?
How are you burning to media?
 
Old 09-08-2014, 09:36 PM   #9
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If you did get a 64 bit to install it darn near has to be a 64 bit don't you think?
 
Old 09-15-2014, 07:45 AM   #10
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64 bit CPUs and motherboards are supposed to be backward compatible and accept 32 bit operating systems and programs but 64 bit operating systems and programs can only install and work on 64 bit hardware, so you have 64 bit hardware. You might want to run mprime on your mint linux to test your hardware. Start mprime from a terminal window and select "torture test." I typically run the torture test for 24 hours straight without pause when testing hardware.
Thanx xode! I'm going to do that!
 
Old 09-15-2014, 07:46 AM   #11
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If you did get a 64 bit to install it darn near has to be a 64 bit don't you think?
LOL Yeah, I think so. Just wanted some confirmation.
 
Old 09-15-2014, 07:47 AM   #12
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Mint 14 is not supported any longer. You need either Mint 13 or Mint 17, both of which are still supported.
Thanx, yancek!
 
Old 09-15-2014, 07:50 AM   #13
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Thanx,JDKaye! Yeah, that's the kind of info I was looking for. Thanx again!
 
Old 09-15-2014, 12:56 PM   #14
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Glad it was useful. Does this solve your problem? If so, please mark this thread as solved.
Have fun!
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While systems are supposed to be 32 bit capable it may fail on two issues. One is the system wasn't tested for the level of the OS. Meaning that the factory may have never tested some old OS/2 warp on it. Various pal's and proms and timings may be off a bit. So the 32 bit os may fail.

More likely is that the older 32 bit doesn't have driver support for the newer hardware.

In a very unlikely but possible case the system may have an odd failure where no 32 bit os can work.
 
  


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