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Computer OS opinions please
« on: October 08, 2013, 01:31:41 PM »
HI! I am a new member starting out on his CNC journey. I have a Shopmaster Bridgemill that was operational on Mach3. It was last ran on Windows 2000. It also has servo motors. I need to replace the computer so here is where I need to pick your brain. Should I buy a refurbished computer running XP which should integrate into the system without to much trouble, or should I go whole hog and buy a new one with windows 7-64 and get smothstepper? Remember this system has servo motors. I would prefer to go with XP and get it up and running at the lowest cost. But if I will need to upgrade in the future I may as well do it now. Opinions please. Be gentle, remember you were new at this at one time too.  ;)

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Re: Computer OS opinions please
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2013, 02:30:47 PM »
As much as I enjoy my PP controllers they are a dying lot. Xp is great but getting old. SS is a great product once configured (dont take any shortcuts in set up) just get the ESS version not the USB.
I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not like the passengers in the car! :-)

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2013, 02:31:36 PM »
BTW my USB version works well just the ESS is more resistant to problems in my understanding.
I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not like the passengers in the car! :-)
Re: Computer OS opinions please
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2013, 02:43:40 PM »
Regardless of which computer you decide upon, get the SmoothStepper now.  It runs much, much better than a PP.
John Champlain

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Re: Computer OS opinions please
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 03:35:23 AM »
My preference is XP but I build a new system and install XP on it rather than buying an old computer.
Hood
Re: Computer OS opinions please
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2013, 01:33:05 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I found a nice used computer that has windows 7 but will probably load xp on it. I think I am better off staying with a similar set up that was used before to get the machine up and running. More opinions and advice is welcome.