64 Bit compatability issue

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by RichardInTN, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. RichardInTN

    RichardInTN Guest

    I know my processor is 64-bit capable But I don't know about the other
    hardware, and all I get from the manufacturer is a run around. Is there some
    sort of test software I can download from Microsoft that will let me know if
    Ultimate (64-bit) will run? I currently have Home Premium (32-bit) but need
    the access to over 3.5GB RAM that the 64-bit would provide... and figured,
    since I'm upgrading... may as well go for Ultimate at the same time.
    RichardInTN, Jul 7, 2008
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  2. The simple answer is are there drivers for your hardware? If you don't have
    drivers, you're probably not going to be happy. And drivers are really the
    responsibility of the hardware mfg. Since you don't give us any information
    about your computer, it's really hard to provide any more details.

    --
    Charlie.
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/xperts64
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel


    "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I know my processor is 64-bit capable But I don't know about the other
    > hardware, and all I get from the manufacturer is a run around. Is there
    > some
    > sort of test software I can download from Microsoft that will let me know
    > if
    > Ultimate (64-bit) will run? I currently have Home Premium (32-bit) but
    > need
    > the access to over 3.5GB RAM that the 64-bit would provide... and figured,
    > since I'm upgrading... may as well go for Ultimate at the same time.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jul 7, 2008
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  3. RichardInTN

    RichardInTN Guest

    Dell Inspiron 530, Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.40GHz
    What else do you need to know?
    I read on newegg.com, In "customer ratings" where one customer supposedly
    ran something that Microsoft provided before he upgraded that told him his
    system could handle 64-bit. Is there such a program? If not I'd appreciate it
    if you could tell me what I need to hunt down in my device manager that will
    help you answer my question.

    Thanks!

    "Charlie Russel - MVP" wrote:

    > The simple answer is are there drivers for your hardware? If you don't have
    > drivers, you're probably not going to be happy. And drivers are really the
    > responsibility of the hardware mfg. Since you don't give us any information
    > about your computer, it's really hard to provide any more details.
    >
    > --
    > Charlie.
    > http://msmvps.com/blogs/xperts64
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel
    >
    >
    > "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >I know my processor is 64-bit capable But I don't know about the other
    > > hardware, and all I get from the manufacturer is a run around. Is there
    > > some
    > > sort of test software I can download from Microsoft that will let me know
    > > if
    > > Ultimate (64-bit) will run? I currently have Home Premium (32-bit) but
    > > need
    > > the access to over 3.5GB RAM that the 64-bit would provide... and figured,
    > > since I'm upgrading... may as well go for Ultimate at the same time.

    >
    RichardInTN, Jul 7, 2008
    #3
  4. "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I know my processor is 64-bit capable But I don't know about the other
    > hardware, and all I get from the manufacturer is a run around. Is there
    > some
    > sort of test software I can download from Microsoft that will let me know
    > if
    > Ultimate (64-bit) will run? I currently have Home Premium (32-bit) but
    > need
    > the access to over 3.5GB RAM that the 64-bit would provide... and figured,
    > since I'm upgrading... may as well go for Ultimate at the same time.



    Please give some specifics about your computer. Make, model, etc.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 7, 2008
    #4
  5. You need to contact Dell about 64-bit drivers. Just going
    to the Dell Support web site there is no indication they are
    supplying 64-bit drivers. They only list 32-bit XP & Vista.

    If you can't find the necessary 64-bit drivers, you will
    have to look at alternate solutions.



    RichardInTN wrote:
    > Dell Inspiron 530, Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.40GHz
    > What else do you need to know?
    > I read on newegg.com, In "customer ratings" where one customer supposedly
    > ran something that Microsoft provided before he upgraded that told him his
    > system could handle 64-bit. Is there such a program? If not I'd appreciate it
    > if you could tell me what I need to hunt down in my device manager that will
    > help you answer my question.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > "Charlie Russel - MVP" wrote:
    >
    >> The simple answer is are there drivers for your hardware? If you don't have
    >> drivers, you're probably not going to be happy. And drivers are really the
    >> responsibility of the hardware mfg. Since you don't give us any information
    >> about your computer, it's really hard to provide any more details.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Charlie.
    >> http://msmvps.com/blogs/xperts64
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel
    >>
    >>
    >> "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>> I know my processor is 64-bit capable But I don't know about the other
    >>> hardware, and all I get from the manufacturer is a run around. Is there
    >>> some
    >>> sort of test software I can download from Microsoft that will let me know
    >>> if
    >>> Ultimate (64-bit) will run? I currently have Home Premium (32-bit) but
    >>> need
    >>> the access to over 3.5GB RAM that the 64-bit would provide... and figured,
    >>> since I'm upgrading... may as well go for Ultimate at the same time.
    Bobby Johnson, Jul 7, 2008
    #5
  6. RichardInTN

    Carlos Guest

    Hi,
    This freeware utility
    http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
    can give you a comprehensive list of all the hardware inside your PC.
    You will need to search drivers, mainly, for your motherboard (see mobo's
    mfgr website), video & sound cards, network card, etc.
    Do your homework, assemble the package of drivers, and then go for it!
    Do a FULL backup of your current status so that you can go back in case
    something goes wrong.
    Carlos

    "RichardInTN" wrote:

    > Dell Inspiron 530, Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.40GHz
    > What else do you need to know?
    > I read on newegg.com, In "customer ratings" where one customer supposedly
    > ran something that Microsoft provided before he upgraded that told him his
    > system could handle 64-bit. Is there such a program? If not I'd appreciate it
    > if you could tell me what I need to hunt down in my device manager that will
    > help you answer my question.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > "Charlie Russel - MVP" wrote:
    >
    > > The simple answer is are there drivers for your hardware? If you don't have
    > > drivers, you're probably not going to be happy. And drivers are really the
    > > responsibility of the hardware mfg. Since you don't give us any information
    > > about your computer, it's really hard to provide any more details.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Charlie.
    > > http://msmvps.com/blogs/xperts64
    > > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel
    > >
    > >
    > > "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > > >I know my processor is 64-bit capable But I don't know about the other
    > > > hardware, and all I get from the manufacturer is a run around. Is there
    > > > some
    > > > sort of test software I can download from Microsoft that will let me know
    > > > if
    > > > Ultimate (64-bit) will run? I currently have Home Premium (32-bit) but
    > > > need
    > > > the access to over 3.5GB RAM that the 64-bit would provide... and figured,
    > > > since I'm upgrading... may as well go for Ultimate at the same time.

    > >
    Carlos, Jul 7, 2008
    #6
  7. So, does Dell offer drivers for the hardware that is in your Inspiron? Can
    you buy that model with Vista 64-bit? If the answer to either of those is
    yes, you should be in good shape. If the answer to both is no, then you're
    out of luck and please contact Dell Support to discuss your need for 64-bit
    drivers.

    There's no magic here - the drivers come from the OEMs. In some cases there
    might be an alternative, but in my experience with Dell machines, everything
    inside them is just proprietary enough to make them your sole source for
    drivers. One of the reasons I don't buy Dell any more, actually.

    --
    Charlie.
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/xperts64
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel

    "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Dell Inspiron 530, Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.40GHz
    > What else do you need to know?
    > I read on newegg.com, In "customer ratings" where one customer supposedly
    > ran something that Microsoft provided before he upgraded that told him his
    > system could handle 64-bit. Is there such a program? If not I'd appreciate
    > it
    > if you could tell me what I need to hunt down in my device manager that
    > will
    > help you answer my question.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > "Charlie Russel - MVP" wrote:
    >
    >> The simple answer is are there drivers for your hardware? If you don't
    >> have
    >> drivers, you're probably not going to be happy. And drivers are really
    >> the
    >> responsibility of the hardware mfg. Since you don't give us any
    >> information
    >> about your computer, it's really hard to provide any more details.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Charlie.
    >> http://msmvps.com/blogs/xperts64
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel
    >>
    >>
    >> "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> >I know my processor is 64-bit capable But I don't know about the other
    >> > hardware, and all I get from the manufacturer is a run around. Is there
    >> > some
    >> > sort of test software I can download from Microsoft that will let me
    >> > know
    >> > if
    >> > Ultimate (64-bit) will run? I currently have Home Premium (32-bit) but
    >> > need
    >> > the access to over 3.5GB RAM that the 64-bit would provide... and
    >> > figured,
    >> > since I'm upgrading... may as well go for Ultimate at the same time.

    >>
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jul 7, 2008
    #7
  8. With the Inspiron 530 the short answer is no it doesnt support 64bit. At
    least thats in the sense that Dell themselves don't provide drivers for it.
    That said Dell did release a bios update to that I believe was to support
    over 4GB ram.

    Quoting Dell downloads page for Inspiron 530: BIOS revision 1.0.12 Changelog
    Systems: Dell Insprion 530/530s
    Version: 1.0.12
    Build Date: 03/01/2008
    Fixes/Enhancements:
    1. Add support for new Intel CPU.
    2. Update to latest microcodes.
    3. Improve POST time with internal USB Card Reader & Buffalo USB HDD
    combination.
    4. Correct Memory Map for => 4GB configurations.

    You would also need to find the drivers for all the components yourself
    because as Dell doesnt support Vista 64 on this model they arent listed on
    the website. This guide may help
    http://outerheaven.c-reality.com/archives/96-Dell-Inspiron-530-Windows-Vista-64-bit-Driver-Pack.html,
    but I have not tried it and cannot confirm that it works. If this is a brand
    new computer I would consider using Dells 30 day return policy and
    exchanging for an XPS420 that I believe does support Vista 64, the XPS420
    driver page may be usefull for Inspiron 530 drivers if they share the same
    hardware.

    Sorry about the rambling post, but if you do decide to try and install Vista
    64 please post back and let us know how you got on.
    HTH
    Robert


    "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Dell Inspiron 530, Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.40GHz
    > What else do you need to know?
    > I read on newegg.com, In "customer ratings" where one customer supposedly
    > ran something that Microsoft provided before he upgraded that told him his
    > system could handle 64-bit. Is there such a program? If not I'd appreciate
    > it
    > if you could tell me what I need to hunt down in my device manager that
    > will
    > help you answer my question.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > "Charlie Russel - MVP" wrote:
    >
    >> The simple answer is are there drivers for your hardware? If you don't
    >> have
    >> drivers, you're probably not going to be happy. And drivers are really
    >> the
    >> responsibility of the hardware mfg. Since you don't give us any
    >> information
    >> about your computer, it's really hard to provide any more details.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Charlie.
    >> http://msmvps.com/blogs/xperts64
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/charlie.russel
    >>
    >>
    >> "RichardInTN" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> >I know my processor is 64-bit capable But I don't know about the other
    >> > hardware, and all I get from the manufacturer is a run around. Is there
    >> > some
    >> > sort of test software I can download from Microsoft that will let me
    >> > know
    >> > if
    >> > Ultimate (64-bit) will run? I currently have Home Premium (32-bit) but
    >> > need
    >> > the access to over 3.5GB RAM that the 64-bit would provide... and
    >> > figured,
    >> > since I'm upgrading... may as well go for Ultimate at the same time.

    >>
    Robert McMillan, Jul 7, 2008
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