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#1 vaustin


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Posted 10 August 2009 - 10:18 AM

Hi- I am buying a laptop for use in graduate school and will be using software such as Matlab, Maple, MIKTEX for writing a paper, and several other similar programs that I don't yet know specifically. Due to outdated university software I have heard that 64 bit systems cause compatibility issues. Does anyone happen to know if this is a common problem? Also, I am looking at a Toshiba Satellite A505-S6965 with P7350 intel core duo, it is going for $800, I have heard mixed things about it, any thoughts? and if that's a good one to avoid what computer brand ( top 3) do you prefer?
Thank you!

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 10 August 2009 - 05:37 PM

Any system that is going to be used for university work...there's an instant resource, namely...find out what other students used and what worked well. History has some lessons to pass on to anyone.

Couple this with the minimum system requirements posited by the software developers...and you should have a good idea of where the bottom of the floor lies.

Ceiling is another matter.


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Posted 10 August 2009 - 07:04 PM

It depends on what you're referring to as 64-bit. The real compatability problems stems from the OS, not necessarily the hardware. All of your hardware can support 64-bit, but it won't run as such unless you're also running a 64-bit OS with it. Thus, if your software only supports 32-bit, you could just run a 32-bit version of Windows and have no problems. Alternatively, you can try to run the 64-bit version and try emulating the software as 32. The latter choice is where you're likely to run into problems.

My recommendation is that if you want to have a 64-bit system to be "future ready" then purchase one and dual boot. You can have one partition with Windows Vista/XP 64 loaded and one with Vista/XP 32. Whenever you purchase a copy of 64 bit Windows, you're entitled to the 32 bit version for free.

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