Well I've decided on switching to a 64-bit OS. I do alot of music production and I'm using Fruity Loops 8 at the moment - there's a 2gb ram limit in the program and while I haven't reached it yet, I'd like to increase it just to be safe.
Now before I actually switch over, does a 64-bit OS only increase ram? In the program I use, there's the CPU load and the ram limit - each time an instrument is added, it takes up ram. Everytime an instrument is in use, the CPU load goes up. The amount of notes being played can also increase it a little (it goes up to 100). Could a 64-bit OS actually decrease the CPU load? If the ram limit increase is the only thing that'll change, I'll just stick with what I have now.
Anyways.....I ordered this Inspiron 530s (Core2Duo 3ghz, 4gb ram) from Dell only about a week ago. How do I tell if it's 64-bit compatible? I also read somethin about some drivers to make some computers compatible.
I'm also wondering: is it possible to have two OS's on the same PC? If the 64-bit installtion doesn't go right, I'd like to go back to what I have now. Everytime I reformatted my other PC with 32-bit XP (which was 7 years old), I just deleted the partition and installed right there.
And lastly, if the 64-bit XP doesn't end up working out, am I better off going back to 32-bit XP? I'm using Vista basic right now and I can't say I'm a fan of Vista. I reformatted my friend's computer earlier and it made me remember how much I liked the simplicity of XP.
That Core2 should be 64 bit compatible.
IMHO, you should stay away from XPx64, it's considered unsupported by quite a few HW manufacturers.
I'd wait till Win7, which apparently releases in October, and get a 64 bit edition of that (i'm using W7RCx64 atm)
You can have more than one OS on a PC, just look at my sig. Windows OSes will show a bot menu allow you to choose which OS to boot. You just need to partition or get a 2nd HDD.
Program compatabilty wise, you shouldn't have too many problems (if any). 64bit OSes can run 32bit programs without difficulty. If it doesn't work, blame the programmers of the program.
DarkKrucifix7;4908332 You just need to partition or get a 2nd HDD.
So I only need one or the other (only have 1 HDD)? If so, I'll the 64-bit XP tommorrow. I barely got this PC 2 days ago and I've only used about 3gb so I'll just delete this partition if the 64-bit is successful.
XP64 will work fine with that hardware. As mentioned, the driver support was a bit lacking though. Definitely not for use as your primary OS if you are a gamer, etc. If it were an option, 64-bit Vista is pretty good/stable and well supported.
Morbid_Murder;4908324I do alot of music production and I'm using Fruity Loops 8 at the moment
Just curious, any reason you're not using Cubase? I hear that using FL8 is like driving a Geo Metro when you could be driving a Ferrari Enzo (cubase). ;)
IMO, your best bet would be XP Pro 32 and Vista / Win7RC 64.
If you put the second OS on another drive, it's a pain to get it to boot. It's easier just to partition the first. 30GB each OS (but the exact amount is up to you of course) then the rest for general storage. (At least that's how I tend to do it, though I only have a 74GB Raptor for my OSs, so...)
18th November 2004
If you're going for a 64-bit operating system, do yourself a favor and get Windows Vista or 7. XP 64-bit was basically an afterthought from Microsoft, and is widely regarded as a failed attempt. Vista 64-bit is actually a pretty good operating system...I swear by it myself. ;)
If you need XP, keep 32-bit, and install a 64-bit edition of Vista, or maybe the Windows 7 RC.
There are other differences besides the ability to use more than 4GB of memory, which stems from 2^32 bytes of memory, which is exactly 4GB. A 64-bit system can read 2^64, which is obviously a huge difference. The memory bandwidth is also doubled, which means the system can process data twice as fast, theoretically, when it comes to programs designed to take advantage of that.