Originally Posted by Seamus Irons
I came across the 7405GX in BB yesterday while shopping for a new laptop. I had no idea they were brand new and so difficult to get ahold of (really great value). I have so far been to three BB stores with the first two being sold out and the third receiving shipment tonight. So we shall see if tomorrow holds more luck in my hunt or if I have to break down and order one. My main interest is exploring the potential of the 64-bit processor as far as what applications are available, how fast they work, and how difficult it will be to write programs that take advantage of the 64-bit chip. What have you guys heard or seen as far as sales rates and/or speed differences with the 64-bit chip?
Right now on my laptop, I have a dual boot (win xp pro sp2 and the win xp pro x64 beta). The 64 bit windows OS is still in beta, and you can download a free iso installation cd from microsofts web site. I had to go to several sites to find the right drivers for my sound/video/ethernet/motherboard/etc. I did not install the driver for my dial up modem, and there are no 64 bit drivers for the wireless card, but everything else works fine on it. There is not a whole lot of 64 bit software made at this time for the amd64. Note that for the amd64 processor, windows is using x64, not the ia64. ia 64 is intel specific, x64 is amd specific.
the link to be a part of the beta program for the x64 is http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/6...n/upgrade.mspx
Some notes, do read about it first, it is beta. Windows update does not work with it, updates will be released in new builds and not from windows update. Drivers can be a pain in the a$$ to install, and to find, especially the ati beta 2 drivers for x64 (available at ati's site), you will not see a performance increase when running 32 bit software on a 64 bit os, a lot of 32 bit software will run, but there's quite a bit that has problems. There is a newsgroup that will provide a lot of help and answer a lot of questions for you, it is listed on the MS web site. There is a new FAQ that members of the newsgroup are working on, it was just put up in the last 48 hours, and you may want to look through that before installing http://www.computerdolt.com/xpamd64
There is also a beta for server 2003 available on the ms site, and that too is a lot like the xp x64.
I do have some unpartitioned space on my laptop that I am thinking about installing linux on to try out. From what I have been reading, the linux community has been working on 64 bit os's longer than MS, or has made them publicly available.
I can say that everything on my computer worked 'out of the box' when installing win xp x64, but the wireless ethernet and the dial up modem. That is more than when installing the 32 bit xp pro. True, I had to go out and find better more hardware specific drivers, but I did have sound, wired ethernet, and video (generic video driver). The first beta release of the ati drivers are included on the install cd, but you have to manually install those. I skipped that and downloaded the 2nd beta of those drivers.