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Old 08-18-2005, 12:19 AM   #1
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Going from 32-bit to 64-bit

I'm going to be getting a new motherboard, processor, and videocard, soon.

I figure Linux/Mandriva can handle the motherboard and videocard changes, as they're supported hardware, but can it deal with the processor change?

I currently have the x86 32-bit version installed, but once I'm on 64-bit would like to use that instead.

Could I just change the rpm/update sources to the ftp sites of the 64-bit version, init 3, and then use urpmi to change to 64-bit edition?
Or will it not even boot(kernel panic) the x86-32bit on a 64-bit processor?

Will I just need to reinstall, fresh?

Current hardware:
AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 32-bit
Asus A7N8X Deluxe
2x512MB Mushkin PC2700 DDR
PNY Geforce FX 5200

New hardware:
AMD Athlon XP 3200 64-bit
Chaintech VNF4 Ultra
2x512MB Corsair PC3200 DDR
Albatron GeForce 6600

Last edited by Zmaster115; 08-18-2005 at 12:30 AM.
Old 08-19-2005, 01:51 PM   #2
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The 32-bit version of mandriva runs fine on a AMD 64. I do it my self.
I do not know if you can update the 32-bit to the 64 bit.
Personaly I would do a reinstall.

Old 08-21-2005, 07:35 PM   #3
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I have a questoin regarding Mandriva. Currently, I have an AMD64 and I wanted to run Mandrive X86_64, but I do not have 64-bit Wireless drivers. I ended up trying the i586 version, but the modules won't load up. Is this because I have a 64 bit processor? I'm confused since everytime I install the i586 (I tried 2 versions LE2005 and 10.x) without luck. I tried uname -a and it says it's Mandriva i586 being run on X86_64.

Any ideas? The modules will NOT work so I can't even load a cd drive using the mount command. It's very frustrating because I was going to rebuild the kernel but it's on a CD which I can't mount because of no modules. It reports they are in "invalid format".

Old 08-22-2005, 08:31 AM   #4
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What modules doesn't load?
That is a problem i've havent had. I can mount and read cd's. There is no problem burning them either.

I run Mandriva 2005 limited (10.2) on an AMD 64 3000.



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