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Questions regarding AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor

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January 7, 2009 9:58:25 PM


I’m not very experienced when it comes to PCs so please be easy on me, and try not to take my questions as silly.

I was recently given a PC with the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor installed. I would appreciate confirmation that this is indeed two 64-bit processors. I have attempted to Google the information, but in all honesty I don’t really understand information received!

If 64-bit, how does this affect software compatibility? The OS installed is 32-bit Windows Vista Home Premium. I see that some software is not compatible with 64-bit machines – or is that 64-bit operating systems?

I am planning, after reading books I have bought, on using the machine to learn more about virtualisation (VMware in particular). Incidentally, the machine has 3GB of RAM.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.


January 7, 2009 10:04:13 PM

although the processor is capable of running 64bit, you have a 32 bit OS so you wont have any issues with compatibility.
January 7, 2009 10:10:06 PM

Its 2 cores that are 64 bit compatable. The above poster is right. You need a 64bit OS to run 64 bit apps.
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January 7, 2009 10:12:34 PM

Yup, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
a b à CPUs
January 7, 2009 10:38:24 PM

Thanks for the speedy response all, much appreciated.