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21513Re: [turbocnc] Looking for some ideas from the group

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  • Art Eckstein
    Mar 26, 2014
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      I think you hit the obvious for me! I have
      several "vintage" computers in my stock pile that
      I got back when the office was "upgrading" and
      the boss said he wanted all the old ones out of
      there. Being the pack rat that I am, I have
      several win98 machines so just need to break one out and use it!

      Sometimes, I just can't see the simple way to do things!

      Country bubba

      At 12:28 AM 3/26/2014, you wrote:
      >Hi, Art:
      >Perhaps you want to consider purchasing a
      >“vintage” computer to use for both your
      >development and CNC activities. As I mentioned
      >to you, I’m currently using EMC. I’m adding CNC
      >to my lathe and am in the process of setting up
      >another computer. Several years back, I
      >purchased (new) a Sony Vaio PCG-F430 computer.
      >This was when Win-98se was the cat’s meow.
      >Somewhere down the line, I installed Ubuntu +
      >EMC and forgot about it. A few days ago, I
      >started up that computer and found that EMC runs
      >well enough to drive my Sherline mill. So, I
      >visited eBay and found another. Cost me $11.99 +
      >$15 shipping. When it was delivered, I found
      >there was no power supply, so I added another $14 to the price.
      >For that money I got a nice computer with a
      >parallel port that runs my software quite well.
      >But, you like TurboCNC. The Sony would have more
      >than enough power to run TurboCNC and also allow
      >you to continue your development. If you’re
      >interested, Sony had at least three models -
      >PCG-F430, PCG-F450, and PCG-F480. The main
      >difference between the machines is clock speed
      >and hard drive size. The PCG-F430 is rated 450
      >Mhz, comes with a 6 gig hard IDE drive and maxes
      >out memory at 256 Mbytes. The F450 is 500 Mhz
      >and the F480 is 600 Mhz. I believe they each have larger hard drives.
      >Of course, you could purchase something other
      >than the Vaio as long as it has a parallel port.
      >I stuck with the Vaio because I knew it would
      >work and I had the original disks for Windows
      >98se. I also purchased a third machine as
      >insurance. At the asking price - all of my
      >purchases were at their buy-it-now price as I
      >didn’t think it was worth nickel-and-diming it
      >and losing out to someone else’s offer for a buck or two.
      >Jerry Jankura
      >So many toys…. So little time ….
      >On Mar 25, 2014, at 2:58 PM, Art Eckstein <art.eckstein@...> wrote:
      > > Hey gang,
      > > Well this week, my workhorse computer an XP machine is giving signs
      > > of wanting to die:{( I have had this one for several years so it is
      > > not unexpected and I sure as heck don't want anything to do with win8.
      > >
      > > Anyhow in preparation for a change, I thought I would install my
      > > Borland Pascal V7 compiler that I have been using to compile my
      > > changes to Turbocnc on to my win7 laptop. Bad move, it won't run!
      > >
      > > So I am looking for some advice as to what I can do. I want to keep
      > > Turbocnc so don't even suggest Mach3 cause that won't fly in my book.
      > >
      > > Any thoughts will be appreciated.
      > > Thanks in advance.
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