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  • Hi,

    I am trying to figure out something...I thought I could buy WHS (which I did) and using my newer desktop Dell Studio x64, install WHS as the server software and use it as my server.  When I bought it, the salesman said it would be fine on a 64bit system...after reformatting, and installing it, no drivers were found for my video, ethernet card, and a few other needed peripherals.  I searched online and found that I should install the 64bit drivers...tried that and WHS said the drivers wouldn't work...need 32bit...I am totally confused.  Can I use this software to host my server on this system?  I understand 32bit won't use the resources that 64bit can use, but until they come out with a 64bit version of WHS, I'd like to know if it will suffice?  I don't see why it wouldn't, but I don't know if I should proceed with the rest of the server setup or not?  Any advice..

    Thanks so much for any help!

    Friday, June 11, 2010 4:28 PM

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  • On 6/11/2010 11:28 AM, jazzersaxman wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am trying to figure out something...I thought I could buy WHS (which I
    > did) and using my newer desktop Dell Studio x64, install WHS as the
    > server software and use it as my server. When I bought it, the salesman
    > said it would be fine on a 64bit system...after reformatting, and
    > installing it, no drivers were found for my video, ethernet card, and a
    > few other needed peripherals. I searched online and found that I should
    > install the 64bit drivers...tried that and WHS said the drivers wouldn't
    > work...need 32bit...I am totally confused. Can I use this software to
    > host my server on this system? I understand 32bit won't use the
    > resources that 64bit can use, but until they come out with a 64bit
    > version of WHS, I'd like to know if it will suffice? I don't see why it
    > wouldn't, but I don't know if I should proceed with the rest of the
    > server setup or not? Any advice..
    >
    > Thanks so much for any help!
    >
     
    Hi jazzersaxman,
     
    WHS is a 32-bit Operating System, so it needs drivers that are intended
    for 32-bit computer systems. As for it running on your 64-bit
    processor, it will but it will only use 32-bits of the available
    bandwidth. To give you an idea, I'm running my WHS on an e-machines
    with an Athalon 64-bit 3000+ processor without any major problems.
     
    The drivers that you need have to be designed for the operating
    system--not the processor. By this, I mean if you're running a 32-bit
    operating system on a 32-bit or 64-bit processor, you have to get
    drivers for a 32-bit system.
     
    Also as long as your video works, you don't need drivers (because in
    reality you're not supposed to keep a monitor hooked up to the server).
    Sound cards are not normally supported on a server, so you probably
    won't find drivers for that (if that's one of the other peripherals that
    you're looking to connect). Printers and other devices may work, but
    you'll need to find drivers for Windows Server 2003 or possibly Windows
    XP (if they will install). And you may run into issues where they're
    not supported.
     
    As for the peripherals in general, think of it like this: If you put
    the server into your hall closet and lock the door, what peripherals can
    you use on the server? Those are the only ones that should be attached
    (as it's intended to be used but not touched, so to speak).
     
    That's not to say you can't use them (I have an old Cannon BJC-2000
    Printer attached to mine), but they aren't necessarily "supposed" to be
    used with it. So they aren't necessarily supported.
     
    If you want, reply with the specific peripherals that you want to use,
    and someone will tell you whether or not they will work.
     
    Hope this helps, and have a great day:)
     
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    Friday, June 11, 2010 4:52 PM
  • Thanks for the info...I kinda thought all of those things too.   The one reason I chose my 64bit system is because I have an ATI Radeon 3450 video card.  I want to stream videos from the server via hdmi (which this card has and supports HD and DTS)...plus all of my other computer hardware is new and much faster.  Also, I had an old pc I used as my first server using Linux and didn't really don't use my 64bit system as much as I did.  Since then, I decided to forget the Linux thing and convert my 64bit system to my main server...now, I am not so sure I did the right thing.

     

    Friday, June 11, 2010 5:13 PM
  • > and convert my 64bit system to my main server...now, I am not so sure I did the right thing.
     
    Ah well. the next WHS (vail) is 64 bit only, so it's future ready.

    Thanks for the info...I kinda thought all of those things too.   The one reason I chose my 64bit system is because I have an ATI Radeon 3450 video card.  I want to stream videos from the server via hdmi (which this card has and supports HD and DTS)...plus all of my other computer hardware is new and much faster.  Also, I had an old pc I used as my first server using Linux and didn't really don't use my 64bit system as much as I did.  Since then, I decided to forget the Linux thing and convert my 64bit system to my main server...now, I am not so sure I did the right thing.

     


    Have a nice day!
    Friday, June 11, 2010 7:10 PM
  • On 6/11/2010 12:13 PM, jazzersaxman wrote:
    > Thanks for the info...I kinda thought all of those things too. The one
    > reason I chose my 64bit system is because I have an ATI Radeon 3450
    > video card. I want to stream videos from the server via hdmi (which
    > this card has and supports HD and DTS)...plus all of my other computer
    > hardware is new and much faster. Also, I had an old pc I used as my
    > first server using Linux and didn't really don't use my 64bit system as
    > much as I did. Since then, I decided to forget the Linux thing and
    > convert my 64bit system to my main server...now, I am not so sure I did
    > the right thing.
    >
    >
    >
     
    I don't know that you'll be able to stream video like that from the
    server. Mainly because servers aren't intended to have monitors (except
    when absolutely necessary). Although someone else will be able to
    answer that better.
     
    As for using this one for a server, it will probably prove good for your
    Windows computers (although that Linux one won't be able to back itself
    up to WHS).
     
    Have a great day:)
    Patrick.
     
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    Smile... Someone out there cares deeply for you.
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    Smile.. Someone out there cares deeply for you.
    Saturday, June 12, 2010 12:23 AM