Current Technology on 64-bit processors

Gateway Laptop with intel core i3 proces...
April 29, 2010 at 11:08:06
Specs: Windows XP, Sony Vaio/512Ram
I am ready to purchase a new laptop and am confused about which way to go. Is it better to remain with the 32-bit or is the 64-bit far enough along in technology that I would be better off going the 64-bit route. I recently purchased microsoft office professional 2007 and it says that it should be used with a 32-bit browser only. Does that mean if I purchase a new laptop with a 64-bit, the software would not be compatible? I guess I want to know if the software I currently use that works on a 32-bit would still be able to be used on a new laptop that is 64-bit?

I also have 2 printers and other hardware, that I have checked and found out that all but one printer is compatible with 64-bit. I couldn't find any information on the one printer and I really want to keep that printer. It's a multifunction printer (Canon MultiPASS F30). Does anyone know if this printer is compatible with a new 64-bit laptop? Or, how I can find out?

What do you recommend that I should have on a new laptop (i.e. processor, RAM, HD, etc.)?

I want to get the Gateway i3 but not really sure what kind of processor that is. Is it a dual processor? I'm pretty sure I will get at least 4GB RAM and 320 to 500 HD.

Thanks for your help.

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April 29, 2010 at 12:29:23
-To take advantage of 4GB of RAM, you'll want a 64-bit version of Windows. 32-bit editions will only see 3.0-3.5GB of your RAM.

-Office 2007 works fine with 64-bit Windows.

-By default, Windows x64 uses the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer. You'll actually have to do a bit of digging to find IE 64. Microsoft seems to know that the world (coughFlashcough) isn't ready for its 64-bit browser yet. :-)

-The Core i3 is a dual-core, hyper-threaded CPU. It can handle 4 threads at once. For a budget processor, it's actually quite fast.

-For office work and even more advanced workloads, the Core i3, Intel GMA HD graphics (built into the i3 processor), 4GB of RAM, and a 320-500GB hard drive should be more than enough.

-I'm not too sure about that printer. It has drivers for Win95/98/ME/XP, so it's probably quite old. If you're lucky, Windows 7 will have drivers for that printer right out of the box. Or, it may work with Canon's Windows XP driver. On the other hand, it may not work at all.

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April 29, 2010 at 17:56:18
I'd think a laptop doesn't have a choice normally but if I were to choose I'd pick the 32 bit version. It saves a bit on memory. You can't put much more than 4G anyway in one so 64bit is wasted.

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May 1, 2010 at 13:58:44
jackbomb and jefro - thanks for your replies.

When I purchase a new pc I like to get a model that has the most up-to-date technology so it won't become updated 6 months after I purchase it!. It is my understanding that technology is moving toward the 64-bit. I just don't know which is moving forward quicker, the hardware or the software? If I go with the 32-bit, the software I currently use should still be okay, but if I go with the 64-bit, the software I currently use may not be compatible with it. It seems like technology with the software has not yet caught up with the technology for hardware. Is that your take on it? I think I agree that it would be wasteful to get the 64 bit for a laptop since I wouldn't be able to to put more than 4GB RAM in it. If I stick with 32-bit I want o be sure it will still be around for a while.

What is the difference between 32 or 64 bit windows operating system and whether you are using a 32-bit browser? The Office 2007 I purchased states that it can only be used with Microsoft Internet Explore 6 or later, 32-bit browser only. I actually use Mozilla Firefox instead of IE. would I be able to use this with firefox?

It seems that dual processors are the way to go now and based on your info, the i3 would not be a bad option for me. How different is a Intel Core 2 Duo Dual-Core from an Intel Core i3 processor?

I do a lot of office work (word, excel, publisher, quick books, etc.).

Thanks again for your help.

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