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Offline koep

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Mach3 with minipc?
« on: August 11, 2010, 03:36:43 PM »
Hello Everyone!

Has anyone tried Mach with a Fit-pc or eBox ar any similar fanless minipc?

I'd be interested in hearing the results

Rgds,

Tapio

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Re: Mach3 with minipc?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2010, 05:07:31 PM »
I use the Via Pico mobos in my machines, no parallel ports so I use the SmoothStepper as well. The Pico has a fan on it but I have seen them without.
The pico measures 100mm x 72mm for the motherboard and I also have a pico in an Artigo case that I have in the house for connecting to the TV.
Pics below, Pico for the mill and the Artigo with a CD on top showing the size.

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Re: Mach3 with minipc?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2010, 05:34:39 PM »
Hi Hood!

Thanks for the quick reply!

I take it from your answer that you get full performance out of this combo,
or atleast enough to be happy w/ it?

No problems due to the integrated video?

Does the pico have a hard disk or is it with CF/SSD?

Rgds

Tapio

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Re: Mach3 with minipc?
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2010, 05:41:28 PM »
No problems at all with the pico, the SS does the pulsing externally so a lot of the work is taken away from the PC itself. Integrated graphics are not a problem due to the fact that the software pulsing engine is not used.
The most I have seen on CPU was 30% and that was with a test of Rev4 of Mach, normally sits at 10% or less CPU.
The Pico has SATA and IDE for fitting hard drives, I use  2.5inch SATA drives.

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Re: Mach3 with minipc?
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2010, 05:58:48 PM »
I think I have to start looking for a similar approach. I need to free floor space so I have to remod the whole electric enclosure so the
tower pc made for office floor has to go.....

thx again

tapio