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Suitable computer
« on: March 28, 2016, 12:32:32 PM »
Hi everyone, my computer failed so need to replace it. I'm still using the printer port to control the machine. So need to get an old computer, I have a chance of a Dell OptiPlex 170L but not sure if the pulse rate for this computer is suitable. So I guess what I'm asking is there anyone out there running Mach 3 through a Dell OptiPlex 170L with an Intel Pentium 4 (2.8GHz) processor. If no what's a suitable computer.
Re: Suitable computer
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 05:33:24 PM »
I'm no Mach expert by any stretch Jim so take my advice with caution.  I feel sure that machine should run Mach fine assuming it's healthy.  I've run it on quite a few old machines and as long as they had XP and a PP I never had a problem.  I even ran my little mill for a while on a P4 1.2G with Win 2000 & frankly couldn't tell the difference.

However, I did not have any of them hooked up on the internet or local network and killed everything I could except for Mach.

Good luck! :)
Milton from Tennessee ya'll.

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Re: Suitable computer
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 06:59:26 PM »
I've heard that there was one specific model of dell that does not work well with Mach3, but I don't know which model.
I use a very old Dell 1Ghz PIII and it runs Mach3 just fine.

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Re: Suitable computer
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2016, 03:17:11 PM »
I'll say stay away from lonovos.... I've tried two M57's and one M58 and all three caused me timing issues.