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32 bit to 64 bit

April 27, 2011 at 07:36:59
Specs: xp, p4 4 gig

I have a gateway 500 gr that runs xp home it is 32 bit . What I want to know is can I change it to 64 bit if so how I am thinking I need to change the proseser

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#1
April 27, 2011 at 08:16:17

P4 socket 478= 32bit only
P4 socket 775= 32 & 64bit

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/3...
I believe Intel 915G were used in socket 775 motherboards.

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#2
April 27, 2011 at 08:32:46

The only way to change from 32 to 64 bits is to do a clean install of the 64 bit OS. You cannot do an upgrade. All data on the drive will be lost and you will have to reinstall all applications.

This assumes of course that your hardware is compatible, which it may not be.


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#3
April 27, 2011 at 10:36:15

Ok I ran CPU-Z and these are my spec. Can you tell me if I need to change my processor or if I can just install a 64 bit OS? Let me know if you need any more information to know what I need to do.
CPU Arch : 1 CPU - 1 Cores - 2 Threads
CPU PSN : Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz
CPU EXT : MMX, SSE (1, 2, 3)
CPUID : F.3.4 / Extended : F.3
CPU Cache : L1 : 12 / 16 KB - L2 : 1024 KB
Core : Prescott (90 nm) / Stepping : D0
Freq : 2999.92 MHz (199.99 * 15)
MB Brand : Intel
MB Model : D915GAG
NB : Intel i915P/i915G rev B1
SB : Intel 82801FB (ICH6) rev 03

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#4
April 27, 2011 at 15:31:59

Does your motherboard support more than 4gig of ram? If you can't add anymore than 4 gig to the board, there is little benefit of switching to 64bit unless there is some reason you need 64 bit, and as was mentioned you'd have to re-install the 64 bit version fresh.

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#5
April 27, 2011 at 15:35:38

Gateways specs say the 500 gr has a 2gig max.

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#6
April 27, 2011 at 15:52:30

I have 4 GB in it now but it is only making use of 2.87 it wont use it all unless I am running 64 bit.
From what I can figure out I my mothr board ill do 64 bit but I don't know if my prossers will do 64 bit or if I need to change it.

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#7
April 27, 2011 at 16:38:56

All you need to do is look at CPUZ on the 1st screen under Processor -- what is listed for "Instructions"? Does it list EM64T? If not, you have a 32-bit processor.

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#8
April 27, 2011 at 17:12:33

it list MMX, SSE (1, 2, 3) So I guess I will have to change my processor. Thanks for all th help people.

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#9
April 27, 2011 at 19:07:05

If you add a separate video card then your video will no longer take up your memory and you should show at least 3.2GB and possibly 3.5GB of usable memory.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#10
April 28, 2011 at 04:29:31

I already have one it is a Nividia GeForce 6600

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#11
April 28, 2011 at 20:03:09

Your Board Specs:
http://www.intel.com/support/mother...
Your CPU Support List:
http://www.intel.com/support/mother...
You should not spend much on upgrading this system since you will not get more than a marginal improvement out of it. I had (might still have it around somewhere) a P4 660 which I purchased to upgrade an older system much like you have (memory maxed out and new video card too) and it was a noticable difference at first, but I soon realized that it was only a marginal improvement and not even in keeping with the 'improvements' in things like updates and new versions to Windows, Browsers, Antivirus Programs, etc. All of the money spent on improvements, and within 5 or 6 months I was salvaging the new power supply to build a reasonably modern system from scratch that should be good for a number of years still.
A 64bit OS will not run on it. You do not want 64bit XP and Windows 7 would not run on it. It would be slower on anything that is not at least the core 2 architecture (the later Dual Core Pentiums included) with all of it's improvements. Most programs and games do not yet take full advantage of the potential improvements 64bit computing is to offer in the future and those will need a truly modern machine when the time is here (now, for those programs now available).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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