i386 means...32 bit?

Felix Miata mrmazda at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 17 14:21:37 UTC 2012

On 2012/08/17 10:52 (GMT+0100) Liam Proven composed:

> You can't fit a 64-bit P4 into a motherboard designed for 32-bit P4s -
> the BIOS won't take it.

That's a misleading statement. There was quite some period when Intel was 
manufacturing both 32 bit and 64 bit, so motherboard makers had to provide 
backward compatibility for 32 bit CPUs in motherboards "designed" for 64 bit.

> So you are stuck. If you want to run this 64-bit only program, you
> need a new computer.

He probably does, but there's a slim possibility he may not. If his CPU is 
LGA 775 rather than socket 478, he needs to check the CPU compatibility chart 
for his motherboard, if such exists. It may provide support for a 64 bit 
Cedar Mill or newer CPU. I made such a switch only two days ago, switching 
from a Hyperthreading Prescott P4 @ 2.8GHz to a Core 2 Duo at 2.93GHz on a 
G31 LGA 775 motherboard:
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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