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Mini Computer to Run Mach 4 and PMDX?
« on: May 07, 2020, 08:37:25 PM »
A guy local to me has  a Mini PC  Win 10 Pro 4Gb memory, 64 Gb storage,  with room for ssd. Atom processor? Will this run Mach4 with USB PMDX board? I have the  PMDX board installed in my control box, tested and working on my Mac Book Pro parallels with Win 7.
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Re: Mini Computer to Run Mach 4 and PMDX?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2020, 10:27:52 PM »
See if he will let you load the Mach4 demo on it and play around.

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Re: Mini Computer to Run Mach 4 and PMDX?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2020, 12:46:22 AM »
my machine run ons a dual core Atom mini-ITX single board PC with on-chip graphics. It wouldn't 'pull the skin
off a rice pudding' yet it runs an Ethernet SmoothStepper and Mach4 very well.

The only time I notice the low power of the CPU is when I go to load large files, say 5MB or bigger. It takes quite a while to
load and draw the first tool path, thereafter its fine.

Mach4 is not  a hungry program, even a very modest PC will run it fine. Don't waste money on a 'you beauty' PC, you'd be better
off spending a bit more on that next spindle....or tools....or servos...or ballscrews ...or....

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Re: Mini Computer to Run Mach 4 and PMDX?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2020, 01:34:52 PM »
I don't know about PDMX - but I'm running Mach4 on an intel Compute Stick.  It doesn't get much more 'mini' than that!  It's just a little bigger than a typical USB Thumb drive.

I really didn't expect it to work - but it runs beautifully!

While it only has USB (one USB2 & one USB3), I have it connected to a USB Ethernet controller to talk to a CSMIO/IP-M motion controller.