System is a Dell with a 64-bit 3 GHz Intel Q9650 Core 2 Quad CPU.
It runs Windows 7 Professional (x64) SP1 and shows all 4 cores in Task Manager's Performance tab. Most of the installed Windows programs are 64-bit versions.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS refuses to install, saying this is is an "i386" processor.
It will not even allow the option to "Try Ubuntu"
This system supports multiple 5 TB drives as a NAS. Also, 16 GB RAM.
64-bit hardware was introduced by Intel in order to support larger amounts of both.
It was never intended to cause people to get stopped as operating systems began to require more-specialized CPU architectures like AMD's "AMD64"
Who is driving this bus? (pardon the pun)
Why aren't all 64 bit processors supported by this 64-bit operating system?
This doesn't make sense.