What is Intel64 Technology?

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TheChief Posted: Mon, Feb 1 2010 10:34 PM

Hello, I know that this question sounds kind of ignorant at first but with the age of my CPU I didnt belive it could support 64-bit. I have a Intel P4 650 3.4ghz processor (I know its quite old but spare me all that nonsence) and I recently noticed on Intel's website that it has a feature called Intel® 64(link below with all the deatails).

CPU Info page : http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27482

Lately I have been looking at Windows 7 and I was wondering if this means that this chip would support a 64-bit OS. Since I am new to 64-bit technology I do not have much knowledge but from my basic understanding it is possible to use a 64-bit OS. Any clarification would be appreciated.

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Soupstyle replied on Mon, Feb 1 2010 11:33 PM

According to the intel site, yes that chip does support x64 processing (and therefore a 64 bit OS).

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Yep, as Soupstyle stated, you're good to go! All Intel's P4 6xx series support 64-bit.

Here's a link to an article on the Intel 64 (also known as EM64T): http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/262

Since you'll be installing Windows 7 on this, check the rest of the 64-bit requirements:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Here's a tool you can use to check to see if your system is Vista ready: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15&displaylang=en

It'll tell you which components have drivers that Windows 7 supports.

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Thanks soupstyle and gibbersome( also congrats gibb on winning that sweet PC, I bet you dont get much sleep till that beast arrives on your doorsteps :- )

As for the upgrade advisor I ran that this morning before I did an install of Win7 32-bit and I got an error that it failed to complete a system check, and I was not able to find information on the error or how to solve it.

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Thanks TheChief! Haha, I'm not getting much sleep tonight, that's for sure!

Hmmm, I checked and there was nothing about troubleshooting the Windows Advisor...why am I not surprised.

How did the Win 7 installation go? Any problems with drivers?

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So far so good on the install, but I have only an hour or two of messing around with Win7. I have not noticed anything yet that would seem to cause an issue and I hope to get a game or two installed and see how that goes sometime very soon.

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Ok, I have been playing around with this for a little while now and I cant get over the fact that CPU-Z and Intel Processor Identification utility both show that I have a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4ghz which does not suport EMT64, when all these years I have belived it was and had a reciept for a P4 650 3.4ghz chip.

Is there any other way that I can figure out what chip I have for sure without taking off my CPU heatsink because I dont think I have any more thermal paste laying around. Thanks for your help.

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Hmmm...that's really weird, lemme see if I can find something else.

 

Have you checked under your control panel?

1. Left-click on Menu "Start", left-click on "Control Panel" ... Opening the Control Panel.

2. You'll see a list of icons displayed, and one of these icons, you will find an icon called "System" in which you double-click it.

3. The properties are displayed Systems and the first tab is called "General".

 

You should see all the info there.

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Well there is nothing under the General Tab about my processor but in the Device Manager it does say Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.4GHz.(that is in WinXP)

In Win7 under System it says same as XP - Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.4GHz.

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TheChief:

Well there is nothing under the General Tab about my processor but in the Device Manager it does say Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.4GHz.(that is in WinXP)

In Win7 under System it says same as XP - Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.4GHz.

 

Here's an alternative to CPU-Z:

http://blackbox.hardwaremania.com/en/download

 

Was this a DIY system or something purchased from a retailer?

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TheChief replied on Thu, Feb 4 2010 10:27 PM

Thanks for the link, I'll give it a try. DIY - I built it in Dec. 05'

OK, I gave it a try with same result as the rest, thinks I have an P4 Extreme but is another nice tool to have. Well since I know I didnt fork over the extra cash to get an Extreme chip and I have a reciept for an Intel P4 650. So im just going to forget about it and hopefully I can still try out Win7 64-Bit because it seems this is just a software issue, and I hope not cause a problem with Win7 64-Bit installing.

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TheChief:

Thanks for the link, I'll give it a try. DIY - I built it in Dec. 05'

OK, I gave it a try with same result as the rest, thinks I have an P4 Extreme but is another nice tool to have. Well since I know I didnt fork over the extra cash to get an Extreme chip and I have a reciept for an Intel P4 650. So im just going to forget about it and hopefully I can still try out Win7 64-Bit because it seems this is just a software issue, and I hope not cause a problem with Win7 64-Bit installing.

 

Yeah, sorry. I couldn't think of anything else. So if I'm understand this correctly, it's not allowing you to install Windows 7 64-bit, is that right?

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No, it was just a concern for when I do try to install Win7 64-Bit. Because I was seeing a Extreme chip in all my software which does not support 64-bit I was currious if it would affect the install. I will try it out sometime soon and see what happens.

After all this I am going to format to clean up all the old stuff on my drive and start fresh so I'll see what happens then aswell.

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