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32bit drivers...

Postby T3NrYXI » Sun, 08 Jan 2006 23:22:02 GMT


I just installed Windows XP Proffesional x64 Edition, and it all went well 
until I was going to install the drivers for my soundcard, processor, DVD, 
and so on...
It keeps saying it can't install the 32bits drivers. What should I do?

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby Rick » Sun, 08 Jan 2006 23:33:42 GMT

What motherboard, sound system, video card, and other peripherals do you 
have?  There are probably drivers for everything, but without know your 
requirements, it's impossible to tell you where to look.

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby John Barnes » Sun, 08 Jan 2006 23:35:13 GMT

Go to the manufacturers website of each item and HOPE they have 64-bit 
drivers for you to download.

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby T3NrYXI » Sun, 08 Jan 2006 23:52:02 GMT

I have I have:
K8N Neo4 Series MS-7125 (v1.X) ATX Mainboard,
Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro 24-bit THX,
Some ATI Sapphire or something..., and
AMD Athlon 64 3800+

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby Tony Sperling » Sun, 08 Jan 2006 23:57:13 GMT

The best form of action right now, is to find out [exactly] what hardware it 
is all about. Brandname; Chip a.s.o. and visit the manufacturer's website's 
and search for 64bit drivers for that specific product. Far from all 
products have any drivers, some are in a pre-Beta stage and cannot be 
obtained from the manufacturer - an alternative then, is to pay


or some other of that sort, a visit.

If you find your self being 'stuck' with something unsupported, you can do 
what a lot of people do here - dual-boot and use whatever it is, in it's own 
32bit environment. Or buy something that is supported. The DVD itself should 
not be a problem, movie players may be, but there are alternatives. Creative 
and Logitech have good support, but brace yourself and expect some 
disappointment. The 'golden rule' is to design or order your machine with 
specific Hardware that is supported - all early adopters, here, have had 
their time in hell, but it is not at all that bad today.

Tony. . .

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby Rick » Mon, 09 Jan 2006 01:32:48 GMT

You have to have 64-bit drivers for all hardware.

download nVidia drivers from www.nvidia.com

I believe there are 64-bit drivers on their web site:
 http://www.**--****.com/ +4+Pro&OSName=Windows+Vista+64-bit

ATI has 64-bit drivers for most of their cards.  Some of the older cards 
are not supported.


Go to AMD:

 http://www.**--****.com/ ,,30_182_871_9706,00.html

Do you have IDE or SATA drives?  Do you have them configured for RAID?

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby Thomas Steffen » Mon, 09 Jan 2006 01:48:44 GMT

Install Windows XP, the 32bit version. x64 does not work with 32bit 
drivers, and till the mess is sorted out, you can save yourself a lot of 
trouble be staying clear of it.

Of course that is assuming that you have no more than 4 GB of RAM and no 
killer 64bit application :-)


Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby John Barnes » Mon, 09 Jan 2006 01:59:39 GMT

You should be okay with the motherboard drivers from the mfg site.
The Sound Blaster should have drivers, but you probably will be limited on 
the software that will install.
You may be in trouble with your ATI as at least you will need .net 1.1 and 
avoid .net 2.0 for your catalyst drivers to work.
Look on the mfg site for any other peripherals you haven't mentioned.

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby Colin Barnhorst » Mon, 09 Jan 2006 04:34:18 GMT

Thomas, the "mess" is not bugs or errors.  It is by design that 32-bit 
drivers don't work in x64.  It is an issue that is in the hands of third 
party devs to resolve or not according to the customer base they are trying 
to reach.

x64 is not a maninstream consumer product and need not be.  It is not useful 
to think of x64 as the next best Windows.  It does meet the needs of users 
who were running into headroom problems with XP x86 and as a good choice of 
client for Windows Server 2003 x64.

The caveat for sophisticated users who just want to go 64 for its own sake 
has always been "know what you are doing" BEFORE adopting it.  As far as 
unsophisticated users go, that's why there is no retail edition available.

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby cmFq » Mon, 09 Jan 2006 14:10:03 GMT

hello, i have windows xp home edition which is installed by computer 
manufacturer.i installed windows x64 xp professional trial edition.now i want 
to uninstall this x64 professional edition & i want to use home xp edition 
only.any help?

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby Jupiter Jones [MVP] » Mon, 09 Jan 2006 14:19:48 GMT

There is no downgrade path from 64 bit to windows XP Home so a Clean 
Installation of Windows XP Home is necessary:

Jupiter Jones  [MVP]

Re: 32bit drivers...

Postby Colin Barnhorst » Mon, 09 Jan 2006 14:36:21 GMT

If your computer maker provided a restore cd just use it to restore XP Home.

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