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Old 02-15-2006, 02:36 PM   #1
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Question Ubuntu 64 bit on 32 bit

Hello, I just received a cd for Ubuntu 5.1 for a 64 machine. Will this install on a 32 bit machine? I am anxious to get to get Linux up and running ASAP. Thanks
Old 02-15-2006, 02:44 PM   #2
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I would seriously get a distro that is built for a 32bit machine.
I highly doubt that you can install a 64bit OS onto a 32bit cpu system. However you can run 32bit software on a 64bit cpu. However I reserve the right to be wrong and have someone correct me.

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Old 02-15-2006, 03:19 PM   #3
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I agree with lord-fu.

No I don't think it will install on a 32bit system. Maybe there is some slick way around it, but it will cause you nothing but trouble...which is a bad start for using linux. We don't want to give you the wrong impression here
Old 02-15-2006, 05:26 PM   #4
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Not sure why you want to try. You wouldn't get anything out of even if it installed.

Is there a reason you want to do that? Perhaps there is another way to get what you need.
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64-bit compiled applications will not run in a 32-bit environment.

Old 02-15-2006, 08:48 PM   #6
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Yep. The simple answer here is that it won't work. You can install a 32bit OS on a 64bit machine, but not the other way arround...


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