moving from 32 to 64 bit os

I’ve run into a wall recently, and it’s 32 bit. The setup I currently have is good enough for most everything else (low to mid-stress games, artwork, etc), but 1080p HD playback and editing required a re-think to what hardware I was running everything on.  I  never upgrade hardware unless it limits my software’s work efficiency.

I wanted to run the editing program and the preview video window without it crashing my system (which was currently a headache and a half), and do it without having to shutdown every task running on my OS to save resources.  I wanted the new  build to be scalable, from the motherboard and os up.

So I decided to make the hop to 64 bit, but that required homework on my part, and lots of it.  I didn’t want to take the quick and easy route, so I sat down and learned as much as I could about every major component and hardware. That gives me a whole new os, an upgrade from the Pentium D 830 dual core to the Pentium Core 2 Quad 9550 with liquid cooling.  I’m stoked about that, and the Nvidia GTX 260 (yes).  It’s all built off an Asus P5N-D Mainboard, which has a reputation for being reliable and robust when overclocked.  8 gigs of of DDR2 corsair ram also.  Not possible in 32 bit, but a welcome here.

My other main concern was making the transition with the applications and drivers into the new environment.  Luckily, not many snags.  I was able to find compatible programs and drivers readily available for my printer, scanner, wacom, etc.

The issues I was running into related to outlook XP (2002) compatibility with 64 bit os.  Well, it doesn’t (password save functions have changed)…so don’t waste your time.  The quick solution is to upgrade your outlook to 2003 or later.

Now, here’s the last and most tedious issue, and it relates to my Palm Centro and its compatibility to hotsync in a 64 bit environment with outlook.  You can no longer do this with the supplied USB drivers.  It’s been over a year too, and they still haven’t released a proper 64 bit driver for XP or Vista.  I found a weird work-around which involves syncing the information through bluetooth as opposed to normal means.  Here’s the catch.  If you are on a desktop that requires a usb bluetooth adapter of some kind, you need to make sure that the adapter has drivers officially signed off by the system it claims to support.  If not, it’s a roll of the dice and wasted time in most cases.  You can manually disable a check for signed drivers, but that puts you on a slippery slope with future installations and overall os stability.  I found that one of the only USB bluetooth adapters that is officially supported by both XP 64 and Vista 64 is the IOgear GBU221.  More on that after I’ve gotten it in the mail and tried it myself.  I Expect it to work out proper and when it does, and I’ll post simple step-by-step directions in getting a Palm based smartphone to synch with outlook in Vista 64.