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Old 07-18-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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Can I download and burn debian amd 64bit installation dvd on 32bit vista?

I have a 64 bit dual core intel laptop that came with 32 bit vista installed. After some research, I have determined that I should install the amd64 bit version of debian. Can I download and burn the 64
bit installation dvd on my 32 bit vista operating system? Thanks for any help with this.
Old 07-18-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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Short answer, yes you can.
Old 07-18-2009, 09:25 PM   #3
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Of course you can! ISO Images of 32/64bit OSes have no effect on what platform it's burned on.

Only when you run a 64bit OS on a 32bit-only CPU things will explode, spark and carry on - it'll refuse to load.

If you have a 64bit CPU, use a 64bit OS, it'll work better.
Old 07-18-2009, 09:37 PM   #4
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Slightly longer answer: Yes, if you use NTFS. FAT32 (or VFAT as it's known in Linux) can only handle 4 GB files max.

However, you shouldn't need to get a full DVD's worth of data, just get yourself the net-install cd. Please note that you burn that to a cd as a bootable image (.iso) and not as individual files!
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Who doesn't use NTFS these days?
Old 07-18-2009, 11:23 PM   #6
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The reason I asked is because it didn't work. I'll try again

It might be my laptop, but I tried this already and it didn't work. But I'll try again. Thanks for the response.


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