Solved Can't install VGA after changing to a 64 bit OS

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July 1, 2013 at 03:08:33
Specs: Windows 7 64-bit, intel Atom n2600, 2GB RAM
I installed Windows 7 64 bit on my gateway netbook Lt40 but I am unable to install the Intel vga. The error message I get when trying to install says that "my computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements to support installing this software." I originally had windows 7 starter 32 bit, upgraded to win 7 ultimate 32 and then a clean install to Win ultimate 64. I originally visited the Intel support site and was referred to gateway because of manufacturing modifications gateway might have done to components. When I contacted gateway I was connected to their India office, then I went to the acer website, and was referred to Intel again because installing a 64 bix OS was an unsupported customization. I've also read that I may have to instal applications for both 32 and 64 bit systems because the netbook was a 32bit system on a 64bit based pc. If anyone has any ideas to get me going again I'm open to ideas... I really miss my aero

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July 1, 2013 at 03:43:03
What advantage do you expect by installing 64-bit Windows on your netbook? 2GB of RAM is very marginal for running it and, as you have discovered, the OS is not supported on your computer. Do yourself a favour and reinstall 32-bit Windows; that way you will get a system that is supported and runs appreciably faster than your current setup. More bits is not always better.

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July 1, 2013 at 06:11:34
I agree with ijack. Why would you install a 64-bit OS on a netbook with an Atom CPU & only 2GB RAM? As you were told, there are no 64-bit drivers for the GMA3600 graphics. Wipe the drive & go back to 32-bit.

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July 1, 2013 at 12:06:09
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As eluded to above, the real reason for going with a 64bit OS is to be able to use greater than 4GB of memory. If your system does not physically support 4GB or more of memory, you will actually loose power/speed since the 64bit Windows 7 USES 1GB MORE memory than the 32bit version of the same OS. This means that you will be left with LESS usable memory than you started out with. Subtract 1GB extra for Windows and probably 500MB for your shared graphics, and you are left with a measly 500MB for your own use and Windows may steal some of that at any time it needs it.

I am oversimplifying it to make a point, but on your system, going back to your 32bit OS is the best choice for you. In fact, Starter was specifically designed for smaller netbooks due to the limited amount of memory so it was cut back on some features to accommodate this lack (32bit Home Premium runs best on 3GB or more RAM and 64bit runs best on 4GB or more RAM).

Sorry that this is not what you wanted to hear.

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August 7, 2013 at 18:38:08

@ fingers, I really appreciate your response, I have a better understanding of why a 64 bit system on the netbook was wasting my time. I did reinstall the 32 bit and picked up some little information to make it work faster along the way. Thanks for all the responses :)

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