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    What version am I running?


    Complete and utter neebie here!

    How would I find the version of Red Hat I'm running - 32 or 64 bit? The kernels folder is full of i686 rpms.

    Is it even possible to load RHEL 5.2 (64 bit) on a 32 bit machine? If so, I think I just did it. In all fairness, the software was handed to me and I didn't think to ask.

    It actually ran fine until I tried to add virtualization to it . . . but how would I know for sure that I loaded the wrong architecture?

    Thanks much!

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Its not possible to run 64Bit OS on 32bit machine. One can run 32bit OS on 64bit machine without any problem.

    If you have 32bit machine, you are running 32bit OS only.
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    Thanks so much for the reply!

    I'd really like to dig into this - but I'm unsure of how to identify the architecture of the OS. The hardware was flaking out and rebooting during kernel builds. Virtualization was a nightmare. I even tried Sun's VirtualBox for Linux - and it kept crashing.

    I don't mean to doubt you as I'm sure you're much more knowledgeable about Red Hat than I am - but still the same. . . how would I know for sure?

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    The OS will not install a 64 bit CD onto a CPU only capable of 32 bit operations.

    Kernel version:

    Code:
    uname -a
    64 bit system response - x86_64 is the key:

    Code:
    Linux SYSTEM 2.6.9-55.ELsmp #1 SMP Fri Apr 20 16:36:54 EDT 2007 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    Redhat version:
    Code:
    cat /etc/redhat-release

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    OK - Here's my uname -a response then . . .

    2.6.18-92.1.10.el5xen #1 SMP Wed Jul 23 04:25:48 EDT 2008 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

    I was taking the i686 as 64 bit. What is i686 then?

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    6TH gen X86

    Wikipedia => i686

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    Don't suppose anyone would know why the server would totally abend during a /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup? And this was in the vbox-install.log

    echo " ERROR: Kernel configuration is invalid."; \
    echo " include/linux/autoconf.h or include/config/auto.conf are missing.";
    echo " Run 'make oldconfig && make prepare' on kernel src to fix it.";

    I know there are some posts about this - but I couldn't find a the /usr/src/linux.

    I'm so sorry for being such a noob - but I'm really trying to figure this stuff out. All help is appreciated!

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    Thank you HROAdmin26 - Boy do I feel stupid. Thanks for your clarification.

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