[kwlug-disc] upgrading hardware/64bit OS

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Mon Aug 30 10:52:54 EDT 2010

You don't need to move to 64-bit to see more than 4gigs of RAM.  You
can use the PAE Kernel (Physical Address Extension).  I use it on my
server with 6 gigs of RAM, running Fedora 10 32-bit, runs just fine.

I am not sure if there is a Mandriva PAE kernel, you'd have to go looking.

On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM, Insurance Squared Inc.
<gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
> My wife is running Mandriva(32bit) on her business computer with a couple of
> gigs of ram.  Everything runs fine except her windows bookkeeping app.  I've
> got virtualbox installed to run windows and it's just slow -  slow enough
> that she mentions it.
> My thinking is that she needs more RAM.  To get more RAM, she really needs a
> 64 bit OS.  For a 64 bit OS, I need a machine that has a processor that will
> work with that (is that correct?  I've tried to install mandriva 64bit
> before on other machines and it objected because the hardware wasn't 64
> bit).
> Am I on the right track here?  Upgrade her hardware to a new processor with
> lots of RAM, then upgrade the OS to take advantage of the RAM, then
> virtualbox will run faster?  If so, what kind of hardware should I be
> looking at, processor-wise and how much ram would you get?
> g.
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