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Offline jimpinder

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Computer OS to run Mach 3
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:03:33 AM »
Will Mach3 run on  Windows 2000. I ask this because I can buy several laptops cheaply on e_Bay, but the cheaper ones run Windows 2000. I only need this to actually run the lathe, my development work will be done on my other desktop computer, and the programs transfered by Lan.

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Re: Computer OS to run Mach 3
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007, 09:06:13 AM »
2000 is fine, it could be the laptops that cause you problems.

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Re: Computer OS to run Mach 3
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007, 09:08:34 AM »
Yhanks for the swift reply - in what way could they be a problem - processor speed or memory - or what???

Jim
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Re: Computer OS to run Mach 3
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007, 11:12:06 AM »
Laptops can do funny things with the processor speed to save battery life, also they tend to run the parralel port at 3.3 volt against 5 volt on desktops.

The graphics cards are poor too, causing very slow and unpredictable results.

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Re: Computer OS to run Mach 3
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 03:02:09 AM »
Thanks Graham -

I'll watch for that. I hooked up the laptop top to my wireless lan last night, and downloaded Mach3 onto it. I downloaded a couple of turning files I had on the main computer, and ran them on the laptop with the stepper motors attached and they seemed to run alright. I should be ready to attached the motors to the lathe today - and we will see how we go on.  If I have to buy a second hand desktop then so be it.
Thanks again for the input.

Jim
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