I run Faros currently on an old Dell Optiplex, P something/666MHz CPU,
with about 382MEG of Ram on Windows 2000. It has a "real" Sounblaster
PCI Soundcard to play with, and works quite well. According to Task
Mangler, the CPU usage bumbles along at about 3 to 5%, with bursts up to
30 or 40% at the end of each "acuqisition period", (when the software no
doubt does it's DSP stuff, to tell if it heard a beacon or not.)
The only thing I saw that noticably improved when I ran it on a P4/1.8G
cpu with 1/5G of Ram and on board sound system (AC97 based) was that the
path timing plots has less variance/jitter shown between reception
spots. Both PC's, are connected to the same switch in the same network
(powered by a DSL Modem/Router/Firewall/Switch) so ???
Of course, Faros on the faster system was also much more tolerant of me
running other programs, without upsetting Faros's data gathering and
I've tried to run Faros on slower machines, 500MHz CPU speed is about
the very minimum, but then it get's extreemly fussy about the soundcard,
so the faster CPU you can provide, I think the better.
A P400 laptop I have (with 512Meg and also W2k) that I usualy use for
PSK, SSTV and the like was not up to the job in any way, Faros would
just not use the sound system (also AC97 based) at all.
From other related dialog with Alex VE3NEA, the soundcard needs to be
good, as the software needs accurate timing information from it, as well
as signal levels data etc.
All the best.
> -----Original Message-----
> 3. CPU Speed
> Posted by: "davemynatt" dave@... davemynatt
> Date: Tue Nov 4, 2008 10:10 am ((PST))
> Hi group, I saw the recommended CPU speed was 1Ghzand
> minimum memory probably 1GB RAM. Is this agood place to
> start? Any degradation from,say,600Mhz with 256Mb RAM?