[PD] 32-bit or 64-bit xp for PD?

B. Bogart ben at ekran.org
Wed Apr 16 03:29:55 CEST 2008

Hi Mika,

If the HW seller does not give you an option for whatever OS you want,
other than "windows preloaded" then don't buy from that seller. At least
all the good deals on HW up here are found in smaller stores that build
machines custom to order and will leave it blank if you want.

I own two AMD64 machines, both running 32bit debian. And running debian
on another two AMD64's machine at school, also with 32bit sarge. All are
rock stable for PD. (just for fun here is what TOP says about my PD
installation: runs 24/7, started on Jan 30th, still running today.)

 5536 root      -7   0  580m 426m  13m S 37.5 21.0  31217:21 pd

that's about 31,217 hours cpu time for the pd process.

I suggest you choose a seller than gives you a choice, then choose a
32bit OS for now and change it in the future.

XP or Vista is not a choice.

Just my advice...

Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> If you are willing to do a bit of work on finishing up the 64-bit  
> support, I highly recommend you get a 64-bit OS.  But keep in mind  
> then you will have to fix things, and there will be bugs.  But the  
> core of Pd should work fine now with 64-bit, that's been supported  
> for a bit.  The problems will mostly be with externals.
> Basically, 64-bit support is very close to being production ready, we  
> just need some people willing to do the last testing and fixes.
> .hc
> On Apr 15, 2008, at 9:02 AM, Mika Ristimäki wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm sure this has been asked before, but searching the archives I
>> couldn't quite get the answer I was looking for. I am getting a new
>> desktop computer and my options for OS are 32-bit or 64-bit XP or
>> 64-bit Vista. Sadly no Linux, so I have to cope with Windows. The CPU
>> will be Quad-core Intel Xenon 5450.
>> So my question is what OS (from my options) should I choose for PD. I
>> use PD for audio algorithm research and testing so I also write lot of
>> externals. I suppose that with 64-bit OS it is possible to compile
>> compatible code for 32-bit OSs. What are the main advantages and
>> disvantages in running PD in 64-bit XP. How about running 32-bit XP in
>> the processor that has 64-bit architecture?
>> Thanks for all the help...
>> -Mika
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