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I'm still learning about linux so excuse me if this sounds ridiculous. Is there anyway I could compile a 32 bit kernel on my 64 bit Linux Mint? I have ...
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    I'm still learning about linux so excuse me if this sounds ridiculous.

    Is there anyway I could compile a 32 bit kernel on my 64 bit Linux Mint?

    I have a printer that only has 32 bit drivers and I only have 4GB of ram so I don't see an issue with memory

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    A 64-bit system will typically run 32-bit binaries and other applications without issue.
    Are you getting any specific error messages when attempting to use your driver?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayd512 View Post
    A 64-bit system will typically run 32-bit binaries and other applications without issue.
    Are you getting any specific error messages when attempting to use your driver?
    This is a Driver, not an application but this is the exact error

    Error: Wrong architecture 'i386'
    and this is the output of uname -a

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    Linux jonathon-Satellite-L645 3.1.4-batterylinux #1 SMP Mon Dec 5 21:04:46 EST 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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    You could compile a 32-bit kernel, but problems would arise.
    Most of your currently installed software could stop working.
    A 64-bit system is going already have device drivers and libraries of the same architecture.
    My best advice would be to backup your home folder and re-install a 32-bit version of Mint. If there is a better solution, I haven't come across it.
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    You should probably reinstall with the 32-bit version of Mint. However, if your printer supports the CUPS printer API's, the bit'ness should not matter. What is your printer?
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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