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64 or 32 bit machine?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Indy452, May 2, 2010.

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  1. Indy452

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    I really don't know jack about computers...thats why I'm here.....I have an IBM R61i laptop with no OS. Is this thing a 32 or 64 bit machine? All I know is it has a core 2 duo processor and as far as I know it is a 64 bit machine but I'm not positive....I am going to download a Linux OS to fool around on it and I need to know if its 32 or 64 on the download page.

    Whats the difference anyway?? Is the 32 bit older than the 64 style? I don't even know what a "bit" is anyhow....ha..ha..ha.

    Thanks...
     
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    The OS is your option to choose 32 or 64bit. Since you don't know anything about 64bit and the R61 is a basic notebook - 32bit would be the way to go. Especially if the R61 has less than 4GB of RAM.

    64bit = the ability to access 4GB and more memory. Most notebooks have a 4GB limit.

    Perhaps some research will help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64-bit
     
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