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Migrating to 64 bit Vista

Does anyone who's ventured into 64 bit land know what categories of drivers are problematic?  What other gotchas might someone encounter?

 

Thanks!

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5 Iridium

It's always best to check the manufacturer's website first, to see if/make sure they offer 64bit drivers for Vista... but as long as you have reasonably up-to-date external peripherals (i.e. printer/scanner - or whatever), I don't foresee any real problems?

It's different for everybody of course, since it depends on what specific peripherals you're using, but I know quite a few friends who are using Vista 64bit on their systems, and they have no complaints ;)





From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

 

XPS M1730:

Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
Integrated 2MP Webcam
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

3 Zinc

I am running Vista Business x64, and I havent run into any problems with drivers yet... I have been using the x64 as my main

OS for about 4-5 months now..

 

Even programs that are mainly made to run as 32 bit, will run as 32 bit but for me they have run fine.

 

I use a Brother MFC 420CN network printer and havent had any driver problems for the printer, scanner or fax.

 

These are my experiences and may differ from setup to setup..

 

Good Luck ! and keep us informed of your experience!

Does going to 64 bit require a fresh install or can I upgrade and not reinstall all my other software?

 

Thanks!

3 Silver

should be a fresh install. btw - has any folks with M1210 tried the Vista 32bit upgrade to 64 with Dell CA as yet? and - any problems with getting the newer drivers for the system. Thanks!
3 Argentum

It is not an upgrade, so yes full clean install.  While you are using x32 os, go to manufacturers websites, and download their 64 bit drivers.  Intel drivers packages have both 32 and 64 drivers.  burn these on to a cd/dvd, or usb storage for installing.  I personally recommend purchasing new hard drive and doing fresh install on new hard drive.  this way you can try it test it, etc. If it doesnt work for you just put oem disk in and use new one for ext hard drive.  I did this and dont see going back to 32, but i have oem disc ready if needed.

 

if you have fingerprint scanner, you can download drivers from their website, but you have to purchase the fingerprint program for 14.95.  Their program works better than the dell 32 bit version.

 

Message Edited by hotrent1 on 08-25-2008 06:30 PM

XPS (product red)  M1530, A12 bios, Intel C2D T9300, 8 Gb (2x4) G-Skill Ram, 1 Gb Intel TCM, WD 320 7200 rpm hd, Intel 4945 wireless card, Sprint broadband card, bluetooth, x-fi express card, Hp Digital express card tuner, Vista Ultimate x64 sp2

3 Argentum

I've had EXTREMELY good luck finding ALL the Vista x64 drivers for my M1330.  Most were on Dell's Drivers and Downloads site.  Some took a little searching because they may be listed for one particular system but actually be applicable to other systems.  The one I couldn't find was for my nVidia 8400M GS.  Windows Update found one first thing!  Now that they are all in one USB drive, I can reinstall everything in about an hour.

I'm really impressed with the speed and stability of Vista 64!

 

Tom
XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500x2, Radeon HD2600XT, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate SP1
XPS 420, Q6700, 4GB, 750GB x 2 (RAID 0), GeForce 8800 GT, Xcellerator, Bluetooth, eSATA, Ultimate SP1
XPS M1330, 2.2GHz, 4GB, 200GB (7200), SP1
XPS M1330, 2.0GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Vista Ultimate SP1 & XP Pro SP3

 Tom

XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500 GB, WIndows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

XPS 420, Q6700, 8GB G.Skill 1.9v, OCZ Vertex 30GB x2 (RAID0), Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 60 GB OCZ Vertex, Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad Boot: XP Pro x64, Vista x64 Ultimate, Ubuntu, Media Direct

Mini 9, 1.6 GHz, 2 GB, BT, 1.3MP Webcam, 32 GB Runcore, Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

Mini 10, long gone and good riddance

Mini 10v,  1.6 GHz, 2 GB, Dual Boot XP & Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

It sounds like it is worth doing and may be the missing link.  (A company loaned me a Latitude last year running XP Business Edition and I liked it much better than my machine.)  I read on Microsoft's site that performance improves for users who run and switch between many applications and that was sort of the reason for getting the 4 Gb of RAM.

 

What about disks?  I've got this RAID thing on mine.  Does the upgrade allow you to configure this? 

3 Argentum

Your BIOS supports it and you can get the 64-bit Matrix Storage Manager from Intel....so you can install in RAID if you wish.

Can't wait until 4GB RAM sticks get cheap; then I'll go to 8GB total.

I'm still astounded by the shutdown and startup speeds.  Granted it's a new install but still....

 

Tom

 Tom

XPS 420, Q6600, 4GB, 500 GB, WIndows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

XPS 420, Q6700, 8GB G.Skill 1.9v, OCZ Vertex 30GB x2 (RAID0), Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 60 GB OCZ Vertex, Windows 7 x64 RTM Ultimate

XPS M1330, 2.4 GHz, 4GB, 320GB, Quad Boot: XP Pro x64, Vista x64 Ultimate, Ubuntu, Media Direct

Mini 9, 1.6 GHz, 2 GB, BT, 1.3MP Webcam, 32 GB Runcore, Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

Mini 10, long gone and good riddance

Mini 10v,  1.6 GHz, 2 GB, Dual Boot XP & Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate

Well the upgrade kit arrived today.  (Drum roll please.)  Is there any log on my 32-bit machine journaling my program installations?  It would be nice to have a checklist (that and finding where Office keeps its files).
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