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  • #31
    Originally posted by DanL View Post
    This is all I can find: http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3142
    As you can see, it hasn't been updated in years, so I don't know what branch will be the next legacy branch.
    Heh, I'd be more inclined to see this as a NVIDIA just dropping the ball on 32-bit, so I don't think they will put it into the LTS program like the 340. But that's my own gut feeling.

    Time to mailbomb their customer support and "contact us" things, or post in their forums.

    Or to change GPU. You can buy a supported AMD (old) one for like 10$ (shipping included) on ebay.

    EDIT: that article you posted in the second post talks about Windows driver, where they can just put the driver in life support and it will keep working fine until the next major Windows version.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Azpegath View Post
      Finally! I will hopefully force companies to port their games/applications to 64 bit for real.
      lol
      this only means broken old games for nvidiots

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      • #33
        Originally posted by pal666 View Post
        this only means broken old games for nvidiots
        No, it doesn't (32-bit libs are still bundled). Sorry to ruin your "witty" insult with a fact.

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        • #34
          If you look at https://http.download.nvidia.com/XFr...x86_64/387.34/ , they already bundle 32bit libraries in the 64bit installer. If they continue like this, it only means removing support for 32bit kernels.
          A 32bit executable can run on a 64bit kernel operating hardware using the 64bit kernel driver provided the 32bit userspace libraries are present.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by hussam View Post
            If you look at https://http.download.nvidia.com/XFr...x86_64/387.34/ , they already bundle 32bit libraries in the 64bit installer. If they continue like this, it only means removing support for 32bit kernels.
            and 32bit xorg and 32bit Glibc and 32bit whatever else the driver is relying on to work on a 32bit system. There isn't just the kernel.

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            • #36
              64bit Xorg server (can run 32bit x clients as long as 32bit libx11 is installed.
              So 64bit /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.so will suffice.

              This leaves you needing 32bit nvidia gl libraries, 32bit glibc, and whatever other 32bit libraries your 32bit application is using. It's too annoying for my taste but I understand the need for old applications.

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              • #37
                If you need to use an old Win 32 bit install then you soon can not buy new gfx cards for it. AMD has no 32 bit drivers for Win too for Polaris/Vega. So this will mainly affect Win users wanting to use old apps/games which do not run with a 64 bit OS.

                For Linux this restriction is not important as 64 bit systems can run basically older 32 bit apps fine and there are no 16 bit Linux apps.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by DanL View Post
                  No, it doesn't (32-bit libs are still bundled).
                  can't install in 32bit os, so yes, it does

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by pal666 View Post
                    can't install in 32bit os, so yes, it does
                    You don't need a 32-bit OS to run 32-bit games/apps. Once again, you double down on your BS statement and make monumental effort to miss the point.

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