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Old 11-02-2010, 11:34 PM   #1
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is linux built only aroun amd processors


hello, Im trying to find a distro that works with my toshiba satellite a505, intel i7 720qm processor quadcore. im looking at diff distros and some of them give me system requirements and some don't like debian. I ordered some dvd and they wouldn't work it said kernel failure but they worked great with my friends toshiba which was amd 64. even some linux programs like cedega wouldn't work because it was made for amd. So my question is do they make a distro for newer computers? I was interested in slackware but the site only talked about amd 32 and 64 bit versions. i would greatly appreciate it thank you
 
Old 11-02-2010, 11:40 PM   #2
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http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-...l-core-i7.html

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag..._core_i7&num=1
 
Old 11-02-2010, 11:52 PM   #3
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thank you ive seen those websites before. I'm using ubuntu 10.4 lts on my netbook and im right now installing 10.10. The weird thing is, is that i was able to watch and still am what its installing and one of the things i noticed is it said something about amd 64 arch on there and it kinda freaked me out. What im saying is, is that i dont want this one to be another kernel failure again. i couldnt write it down fast enough so this message probably wont help any but would there be a reason why they would build some of the distros around curtain processors
 
Old 11-03-2010, 12:18 AM   #4
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It is probably caused by another issue. If it says AMD64, it will work on Intel64 as well, same for 32 bit. (From my understanding. I only use AMD so I don't have any experience with Intel Chips.)

If you start another thread explaining the problem you might be able to figure out why it is doing this.

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Old 11-03-2010, 12:30 AM   #5
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An Intel i7 *is* an "amd64"

AMD was the *first* vendor to produce a 64-bit, Intel x86-compatible CPU. Intel's first 64-bit CPU was the Itanium, which *isn't".

So "amd64" refers to the former architecture - regardless if the chip was manufactured by Intel or by AMD. "ia64" refers to the latter:

Quote:
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/For...b-6ae8723e3791

AMD64 is basically x64, which is a certain flavor of 64-bit architecture you could look at as an extension to x86. IA64 is a completely different and rare architecture "Itanium" based on a full 64-bit CPU. Because it's completely different as well as very rare the vast majority of apps don't support it.
Here's another link:
http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/har...a64-em64t.html

Bottom line:
"Yes: an 'amd64' distro will work fine with your Intel i7 chip."

'Hope that helps

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paulsm4, I am so glad you jumped in. You explained that much better then I did, lol.
 
Old 11-03-2010, 07:20 PM   #7
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well the newest debian os i used, and in the bottom right corner a pop up of kernel failure but when i started to use the applications it worked but still had a kernel failure do you get what im saying.
 
Old 11-03-2010, 07:20 PM   #8
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it even said on the discs amd 64
 
Old 11-03-2010, 07:51 PM   #9
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thank you that was all helpful so what i will do is get my cds back from my friend and partion my harddrive then install debian on it again and look more into it.
 
Old 11-03-2010, 08:04 PM   #10
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For such a new system you should try an up to date distro. Ubuntu 10.10 or the new Fedora 14 will likely work with your system.
 
Old 11-03-2010, 08:57 PM   #11
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aptosid would be another to try, I use it on my 64 bit laptops, basiscally debian unstable with some extras added
 
Old 11-04-2010, 08:24 PM   #12
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what about slackware i heard its great to and easier to use for a beginner
 
Old 11-04-2010, 08:29 PM   #13
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If you are completely new to Linux or pretty new then I recommend Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Both being the easiest for beginners.
 
Old 11-04-2010, 08:33 PM   #14
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ok i got ubuntu 10.10 but i was also wanting to know the diff from slackware
 
Old 11-04-2010, 08:34 PM   #15
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cause i noticed when i went to slackwares site this forum was on there for helping them do slackware 13.1
 
  


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