[SOLVED] verifiy 32-64 bit install

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[SOLVED] verifiy 32-64 bit install

Postby pinwheel » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:32 am

How can I verify what version of Mint & it's bit rate is on my laptop. I'm looking to upgrade & don't know what I have on board.
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Re: verifiy 32-64 bit install

Postby catweazel » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:36 am

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Re: verifiy 32-64 bit install

Postby minitux » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:41 am

or from terminal

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uname -rm


list the kernel in use and if 32bit(x86) or 64bit (x86_64)
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Re: verifiy 32-64 bit install

Postby pinwheel » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:49 am

Wow that was easy @catweazel, Rosa 17.3 32 bit. Any recommendation to improving what I have?

inxi -Fxz
System: Host: doug-Aspire-E1-522 Kernel: 3.16.0-38-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: Xfce 4.12.2 (Gtk 2.24.23) Distro: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa
Machine: Mobo: Acer model: Aspire E1-522 v: V2.02
Bios: Insyde v: V2.02 date: 05/03/2013
CPU: Dual core AMD E1-2500 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm) bmips: 5589
clock speeds: max: 1400 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 1200 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Kabini [Radeon HD 8240 / R3 Series]
bus-ID: 00:01.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.15.1 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1366x768@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD KABINI
GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] FCH Azalia Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Kabini HDMI/DP Audio
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:01.1
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.16.0-38-generic
Network: Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet
driver: alx port: 2000 bus-ID: 01:00.0
IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
driver: ath9k bus-ID: 05:00.0
IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (3.8% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MQ01ABD0 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 455G used: 18G (5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 48.1C mobo: 33.0C gpu: 48.0
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 161 Uptime: 2:05 Memory: 678.1/7555.0MB
Init: Upstart runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
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Re: verifiy 32-64 bit install "Solved"

Postby ralplpcr » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:02 am

You appear to have a 32-bit version of Mint, which can limit you since it's only capable of managing 3.25GB of RAM. Typically, the best "bang for the buck" comes by maxing out your RAM... but it appears you already have 8GB in your system.

I'd offer 2 suggestions: assuming you do actually have 8GB of RAM and don't have too much invested in your current installation that you consider reformatting to a 64-bit installation. The 64-bit will allow you to fully take advantage of your 8GB RAM, and you should have a notable improvement in smooth operation. It's a bit of work, but it'd be free?

The other suggestion would be to consider upgrading to an SSD. This won't come free, but you should notice a large improvement in system responsiveness and performance. Users have often commented that just changing to an SSD brings new life to older systems and can extend their usefulness for years beyond what they could do if they'd stuck with Windows.

We'll be happy to help provide instructions for either, if you're so inclined to tackle either of these tasks. Best of luck to you, and welcome to the better OS! :mrgreen:

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Re: [SOLVED] verifiy 32-64 bit install

Postby pinwheel » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:11 am

Clearly when this computer was first set up with windows 7 or 8 it must have been 32 bit because when I changed over to Mint it refused to install at 64 bit. So I assumed it was a 32 bit computer. My bad I guess. If I reconfigure the H/D to 64 bit most of my drivers may not work, something I don't wish to attempt in a hurry.
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Re: [SOLVED] verifiy 32-64 bit install

Postby ralplpcr » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:46 pm

pinwheel wrote:Clearly when this computer was first set up with windows 7 or 8 it must have been 32 bit because when I changed over to Mint it refused to install at 64 bit. So I assumed it was a 32 bit computer. My bad I guess. If I reconfigure the H/D to 64 bit most of my drivers may not work, something I don't wish to attempt in a hurry.


I'm basing my statement on 64-bit compatibility against your CPU. According to this site, your AMD E1-2500 offers 64-bit support. Not sure why you had a problem with the 64-bit Mint, but if you can boot up a live USB/DVD in 64 bit, installation should work as well.

As far as your drivers go, I'm not sure what you mean? Changing to 64-bit would require a complete format/install from a 64-bit USB/DVD. You can't just "change" from 32 to 64 bit without a reformat. All the same drivers (which are actually built-in to the kernel in most cases) would be available and used during installation with very little interaction from you required. You should have the same compatibility with your hardware as you do now. Unless you have some unusual proprietary bit of equipment that requires a 3rd party driver, you probably won't have to do anything special - - they'll all just be auto-installed & work right away. :)

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Re: [SOLVED] verifiy 32-64 bit install

Postby pinwheel » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:17 am

Just to add to this, I found a very cheap compatible 500gig hdd on flea-bay & rather than format this drive which is going strong at 32 bit, I will format the replacement to 64bit & reinstall. This way everything I've done is safe..Yes I know do a Back-up but this is my fail-safe method. I'm old & my computer uses glass tubes & punch-cards.. :lol:
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