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Dell Inspiron 1545, VM, and no 64-bit

All recent amd processors support amd-v virtulization, however the same is not true for intel processors and intel-vt.  Check the bios to see if there is an option to activate hardware virtulization.

If you don't have hardware virtulization you are stuck with using the special vmware or virtual box kernels, which are all 32bit.  

If you need it for testing but don't want to invest in a new laptop, you could set up cheep box to run esxi or vmware server, and just access them from your laptop.

------Original Message------
From: Scott Ehrlich
Sender: discuss-bounces-mNDKBlG2WHs at
Subject: Dell Inspiron 1545, VM, and no 64-bit
Sent: Jan 1, 2010 9:47 AM

I find it interesting that my 64-bit Dell Inspiron (I have successfully
installed 64-bit Ubuntu and 64-bit CentOS as hosts, reformatting the
hard drive between them), but yet 64-bit installs of vmware and
virtualbox complain the host will not allow a 64-bit OS to be
installed as a guest (I want to create 64-bit VMs).

I'm going to also try Fedora and Solaris, but I don't expect it will
change much.

Are both vmware and virtualbox simply not able to handle 64-bit OSes
yet for VMs, though I've seen posting claiming otherwise?


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