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ThothLoki

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Computer for Engraving
« on: November 24, 2016, 08:08:41 PM »
Hey all. I have quite a few computers but most of them are linux. I do have a few Windows machines but outside of my work laptop (Win 10), most are Win XP.

T2Laser does not run on XP for the most part and I am looking to have a dedicated computer for my engraver.

What do you all think of this one?
https://www.amazon.com/Azulle-Quantum-Access-Windows-storage/dp/B00X4O6GRK/ref=sr_1_2?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1480046592&sr=1-2?

@Zax, what is your opinion? Think T2 will work on this?

Thanks,

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Re: Computer for Engraving
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2016, 08:30:11 PM »
I have that chip/chipset (Atom Z3735F) in my tablets. They run T2 Laser and BenCutLaser OK. They have the power and video to do a decent job.

I recommend you find one of these sticks with more than 1 USB. You really need a keyboard/pad or mouse to run T2 and BCL the easiest. You can also run Sketchup on this chip and memory. There are some with USB 3.0 and with a hub they would fit the bill real well. Get a Micro SD card for it to keep it backed up. If you have Bluetooth keyboard/mouse pad that will work well also. You run into these same problems on Tablets. Make sure the USB ports are full size A ports. Some adapters act up for use with USB powered devices like the controller board on the Laser kit.

They also will run many of the 3D Printers programs!
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Re: Computer for Engraving
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2016, 09:18:05 PM »
Thanks Lob0426.

I found one wit the USBs but I also have powered USB hubs. I like it for the price and size. Good to know that it can handle some decent programs. What do you think of Inkscape and gimp?
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Re: Computer for Engraving
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2016, 09:48:57 PM »
I have not tried Inkscape on one yet. I will see what it does. I think it might be too much!

I was able to install it and it can be ran. It took a while to open it!
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Re: Computer for Engraving
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2016, 10:34:31 PM »
I use raspberry pi, with LaserWeb3  - and any computer with a browser to send g-code to the laser.

Gcode is prepared in Inkscape, Fusion360, FlatCam etc and sent to LaserWeb3. I tried bCNC as well, but found it less than intuitive, but it runs on the Pi over X remotely.

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Re: Computer for Engraving
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2016, 07:42:36 AM »
I use a very cheap Atom based tablet and it runs T2Laser great, so that device should work OK too.

There is an XP version of T2Laser, it only gets updated for major releases so is always slightly behind on features but I would definitely recommend going with Win7 or 10.


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Re: Computer for Engraving
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2016, 07:57:19 AM »
Thanks everybody.

I tried the XP version, but my computer was not connected to the internet and was missing quite a few updates.

I want the latest and greatest, so a wind7 or 10 machine is a must.
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