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converting laptop from 32 bit windows to 64 bit windows

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January 5, 2016 4:39:46 AM

Hello all,
I have an old ( year 2007) HP DV6000 special edition ( copper brown) laptop which I use while traveling. When I bought it I had upgraded it to 4GB RAM but since it is 32 bit it uses only up to 3GB RAM. The guy who upgraded it never told me this though! Now I am thinking of formatting the system and I wish to install windows 7 64 bit and Ubuntu on it. My question is whether I can use 64bit windows 7 on it? Would it be compatible? Would I have problems when I install/update drivers? My processor is. Intel core 2duo T5550 1.83ghz

Many thanks in advance

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a c 545 D Laptop
January 5, 2016 4:56:20 AM

Hi,

If you'll be doing a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit then it won't be a problem and it will install like a regular operating system. About your drivers you'll need to download and install them again which should be for a 64 bit Windows and it should work just fine. :)  I've also checked HP support site but they don't supply drivers for Windows 7 so that might just be the only problem you may face but I'm pretty sure you'll be able to download the drivers individually from their manufacturers site.
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January 5, 2016 5:18:16 AM

Thank you laptop-Nerd. In case i encounter a problem while installing 64bit, will I be able to go back to 32 bit? sorry this question may sound a bit silly but I have done formatting only once and that too was few years ago on my desktop (AMD processor). While formatting, would it give me an option for a clean-install?

I have another question, does 64 bit would make some difference or should I just stick to 32 bit? I have 4GB RAM on my HP pavilion laptop.

Thanks again for your time
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a c 225 D Laptop
January 5, 2016 10:17:45 AM

what is the full model# of that HP DV6000 series laptop?
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a b D Laptop
January 5, 2016 10:48:10 AM

As long as you have a 64 bit processor in there, and not having HP Win7 drivers maybe a major bummer as there is nowhere else you can get the HotKey control for example.
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a c 225 D Laptop
January 5, 2016 11:08:20 AM

don't count on no win7 drivers as 1 of the dv6000 series has vista drivers.
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January 5, 2016 11:51:59 AM

Yes, my dv6000 came with windows vista OS. Does it mean a firm NO to 64bit windows7?
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a c 225 D Laptop
January 5, 2016 12:18:18 PM

there is 32bit vista & 64bit vista so need the full model# of your laptop.
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January 5, 2016 12:28:59 PM

Thanks ffg7
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January 5, 2016 12:53:03 PM

This is what i found from typing esc+fn key: Product Number: GS058PA#AB0
Product name: HP Pavilion dv6500
Processor: Intel core 2duo T5550 1800 MHZ

the serial number and product name I have on the laptop case is totally different from the one I found inside pressing esc+fn keys! For instance on the laptop it says pavilion dv6000 instead of dv6500

greatly appreciate your help
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January 5, 2016 1:01:47 PM

I read that if the CPUz scan shows SSE2 under instructions, it means the system supports 64bit . is it true? In my CPUZ scan, it does show SSE2 under instructions
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January 5, 2016 1:19:28 PM

Thank you, none of the laptops from the list looks like my laptop though :)  Mine was HP special edition with a unique copper brown color. Anyway since it is 64 bit I will give it a try if I can get the drivers. Thanks very much confirming that it supports 64 bit.
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a c 225 D Laptop
January 5, 2016 1:34:27 PM

install your windows & see what drivers are missing or unknown then post back here so we can link you to the correct drivers. I have both the intel chipset & realtek hd audio drivers for different versions of windows on my utility flash drive as I do repairs & upgrades for a living.
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January 5, 2016 1:41:19 PM

Thank you ffg7!
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a c 225 D Laptop
January 5, 2016 1:44:05 PM

no problem.
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January 15, 2016 3:52:03 AM

I have manged to install windows 64 bit on my HP laptoo. Ran SlimDrivers and updated all the missing drivers. Everything seems to be fine. few questions though;

1: I don't see much difference in terms of performance but it could also be due to the dust accumulated inside the laptop. Are there any reliable tutorials which shows how to get rid of the dust? I do not want to end up breaking my laptop.

2: My DVD drive is still not working. I have done trouble shooting but it doesn't show any error. Device manager doesn't show any yellow exclamation mark. When I click on the dvd sign it opens but nothing happens when I insert a disc it ejects on its own and asks me to insert a disc. I was wondering, is it the migration from vista to windows 7?

3: My start up seems to be taking more time. I have stopped some unnecessary programs like cccleaner from the startup process. Still it is taking more time to boot.

These are of-course minor issues, overall I am quite happy with the 64 bit OS on this old laptop


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a c 225 D Laptop
January 15, 2016 9:50:03 AM

is not a migration from vista to windows 7 that caused the dvd drive to stop working because as you said it is an old laptop. can use a can of air carefully to cleanout any dust bunnies that might be in your laptop. what program do you have running in your startup?
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January 15, 2016 11:23:26 AM

Hello ffg7, Thank you your reply. At the moment, the programs I have in my startup are, NVIDIA backend, Realtek HD Audio Manager, Windows OS, Avira, Avira product family and Bluetooth software. I tried to disable Avira product family but it is not letting me. so I will have to do it after turning my Avira off, I guess.

Thanks again.
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a c 225 D Laptop
January 15, 2016 6:38:22 PM

Realtek HD Audio Manager can be disabled in startup & maybe Bluetooth software too if you are not using it.
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January 16, 2016 1:41:31 PM

Thanks ffg7
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a c 225 D Laptop
January 16, 2016 1:47:34 PM

no problem.
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