- Apr 28, 2021
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That is exactly my own experience with 32 vs 64 it OS on low spec devices.Depends on the age and spec of the 64 bit PC.
If you're talking about a 10+ year old, 64 bit i3, with 4-8Gb RAM - that will happily run any modern distro. I know that for a fact because my current laptop IS an early, first gen i3 and that will still happily run any 64 bit Linux distro.
But if you're talking about a 15-20 year old 64-bit Celeron with 1Gb RAM - you're probably going to want to run a 32 bit Linux on it.
Some of the early 64 bit PC's - especially lower-spec ones, don't perform well with 64 bit operating systems and perform better with 32 bit OSes - especially those with 2Gb or less of RAM.
64-bit programs require more memory to run than their 32-bit versions. So on older 64 bit machines, with less RAM onboard - it makes more sense to run a 32 bit OS.
That situation can easily be mitigated by installing more RAM. But if you don't have that luxury - then sticking with a 32 bit OS is your best recourse.
It's worth bearing in mind that a lot of low end PC's are built with a minimal spec that will just barely run whatever version of Windows was available at the time it was made. Many OEM's shipped some of the early, low-spec 64-bit PC's with 32-bit Windows installs because their spec was too low to smoothly run the corresponding 64-bit version. And 64-bit Linux doesn't perform much better on these older machines either.
Yes, I tried a 2000 Dell with the fastest Celeron they had back then, the memoryMy lappy is 17 yrs old, Intel duo twin core with 4 gb and i can run any distribution on it
I will need to know what to look for and what country you are in, for now I will assume it's DDR2 533 PC-4200 SODIMMany links to such modules would be appreciated,
I will take out a module and look, I lost the password so will need to do an install of some sort later.I will need to know what to look for and what country you are in, for now I will assume it's DDR2 533 PC-4200 SODIMM
and if you are across the pond [in the states] https://www.ebay.com/itm/113180881163 I cannot confirm the ram unless you can take a look inside and give me the code of one of the sticks, the important bit is the PC-- number