Computer Requirements and Sources

Design of electronics systems, and wiring.
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beermkr
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Computer Requirements and Sources

Postby beermkr » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:37 am

Some ideas

Sourcing:
Local for sale ads
Craigslist
Ebay
Surplus auctions: I scored three Dell's (GX260, 8300, and an 8400 Gotta love local universities!), one LCD monitor one keyboard and a mouse for $180 total. The 8400 turned out to be a P4 Dual Core 3.6Ghz machine with 1 GB of RAM.

Software:
Mach 3
EMC2 - I use this because it is FREE and works pretty well. There is a learning curve for installing software on Linux but in reality if all you are going to do is run EMC you don't have to do anything to it. Put the CD in and go.
I know I have seen others, there is one that goes with a USB interface but I do not know much about it.
Mike Pensinger
Chief Brewer, The River Company Brewery, Radford, VA

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dinki
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Re: Computer Requirements and Sources

Postby dinki » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:09 am

I'm not sure how savy you are, but perhaps you or someone could build a bootable Linux disc like Knoppix with the apps preinstalled?

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Re: Computer Requirements and Sources

Postby beermkr » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:22 pm

EMC2 Comes on a bootable Ubuntu 10.04LTS distribution. Supper simple and works right off the disk if you want to run it that way.

It allows you to install it side by side with windows also.

R/
Mike Pensinger
Chief Brewer, The River Company Brewery, Radford, VA


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