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Windows laptop

Started by Royston, Saturday,August 10, 2013, 19:19:17

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Royston

Hi Guys
Any recommendations for windows laptop.
Have always used macs but this virtual software is driving me bonkers.
Cheers
Roy

Hands0n

If all you want it for is using the various utility softwares that are typically written for Windows before Mac or Linux (if at all) I can recommend using one of the refurbished that come about.  My fave place used to be BigPockets.co.uk but they seem to have gone.  I bought a refurb Dell 630D from them (Core2Duo, 2.2GHz and stuffed it with 4GB SODIMM and Windows 7).  It was in remarkable condition and runs beautifully.  Later I stuck in a hybrid 720GB/4GB SSD Seagate Momentus XT (see http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/internal-hard-drives/laptop-hard-drives/laptop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/ ).

I';m wary of Windows 8 at the moment - not sure that all the various drivers are about for that OS.

I also use the thing for various smartphone utilities - typically Android stuff.
--
Danny
"Its better than bad, its good"

Current FCs: Pixhawk, APM 2.6, Naza M V2, Naze32, Flip32+ CC3D, KK2.1.5
Aircraft: miniMax Hex, DJI 550 (clone) TBS Disco, 450 Firefly, 250 Pro, ZMR250, Hubsan X4, Bixler 2

Royston

Cheers
Looking on laptop s direct.  Lots of refurbs.
Daughter works in IT and wouldnt touch Windows 8

Hands0n

I';m not too keen to. Been working with Windows since MS first brought it out (showing my age now). I';d go along with your daughter';s view.

I suppose the thing is to find out if the reputation of their refurbs is good.
--
Danny
"Its better than bad, its good"

Current FCs: Pixhawk, APM 2.6, Naza M V2, Naze32, Flip32+ CC3D, KK2.1.5
Aircraft: miniMax Hex, DJI 550 (clone) TBS Disco, 450 Firefly, 250 Pro, ZMR250, Hubsan X4, Bixler 2

DarrellW

I don';t like Windoze full stop and only use it if I have no choice, that said Win7 is the best by a country mile - Win8 is a waste of time, it';s following the normal MS pattern of following a good release with a cr4p one.
Dell refurbs are pretty good and have a good back up service, you can';t go wrong with one of theirs. I';m using a core 2 duo laptop with 2Gb ram of theirs running Fedora and for most things I do its as fast as my Cad workstation at work which cost over £2500, the power of Linux!!!
I think..........I think I am........therefore I am.............I think!

Ross

WINDOWS 8  will be updated with a newer FREE  version later this year.  One of the modifications  is removing the stupid start and replacing it with the old version.
Keep an eye out on Google/Microsoft for announcements.

There is a trial version already available.  Like all BETA s'; ..USE IT AT YOUR PERIL:rofl:
Let's be careful out there.
SAFETY is.. NO accident.

Royston

Thanks guys
Its mainly for mission planner and flashing boards so woll keep looking.

Hands0n

Quote from: Royston1948 on Saturday,August 10, 2013, 21:02:22
Thanks guys
Its mainly for mission planner and flashing boards so woll keep looking.


A Core2Duo with Windows 7 will do you fine for that.
--
Danny
"Its better than bad, its good"

Current FCs: Pixhawk, APM 2.6, Naza M V2, Naze32, Flip32+ CC3D, KK2.1.5
Aircraft: miniMax Hex, DJI 550 (clone) TBS Disco, 450 Firefly, 250 Pro, ZMR250, Hubsan X4, Bixler 2

BrianS

I use a macbook with vmware fusion with winows 7 guest never had a problem with mission planner or flashing esc';s

Royston

Hi Brian
I use Paralells but having nothing but trouble?
Prob simpler to buy cheap Windows machine just for multirotors
Cheers
Roy

robshaw

I';m also a mac user and didn';t fancy emulating windows on it. So I got an old dell windows laptop from work. Running windows xp. Its perfect. Can take it out on the field without worrying about it getting bumped about. There';s loads on eBay for less than £100.
Tunrnigy Talon Tri, TBS Discovery, TBS Discovery PRO, Spnky 250 Mini, EZUHF, EZOSD

BrianS

Roy,

Used to be a parallels user then switched to vmware but cant remember why.


Rob,

I got a Dell D630 laptop from work when they upgraded for using outside, works fine but battery life isnt brilliant.

Royston

Just had a mosey in PC World (Just for the hell of it) Mac specialist there said don';t bother with virtual windows unless you want to have them running at the same time. Use Bootcamp, which I think is what Peter King uses now I come to think of it.
Will get my daughter to have a look at it as she is in IT support.

Will let yo know outcome.

Royston

Done.
Now have Bootcamp running Widows 7 on my macbook pro.
Perfect
::) ::) ::)




DarrellW

Quote from: Royston1948 on Sunday,August 11, 2013, 21:38:23
Done.
Now have Bootcamp running Widows 7 on my macbook pro.
Perfect
::) ::) ::)

Saved yourself couple of hundred quid in the process!!!
I think..........I think I am........therefore I am.............I think!

Royston

Well there is that too.
Also the good lady won';t see another piece of equipment sneaked into the house.
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

DarrellW

Quote from: Royston1948 on Sunday,August 11, 2013, 22:07:09
Well there is that too.
Also the good lady won';t see another piece of equipment sneaked into the house.
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Just look at it as being more cash available for new toys of a more interesting nature  :rofl:  :rofl:  :evil
I think..........I think I am........therefore I am.............I think!

Royston

I know. Theres a guy in my local heli club selling a DJI 550 c/w controller gps and loads more for £400.
OMG I';m gonna have to be strong

Leigh

When you';re next tempted to try virtualisation again, check out VirtualBox, it is quite nice under Mac OSX.
Aussie on the loose in Belfast.

DarrellW

Quote from: Leigh on Sunday,August 11, 2013, 22:29:42
When you';re next tempted to try virtualisation again, check out VirtualBox, it is quite nice under Mac OSX.

The only problem is the overheads, if you';ve got an up to date machine its ok but older machines can struggle running win os inside mac os, same thing with Linux I am using dual boot purely because it';s an older machine I am using, also sometimes drivers can be an issue, I can';t run Solidworks inside Linux at anything other than software open gl for that reason and wine doesn';t work for anything newer than 2010 version which is no good for me.
I think..........I think I am........therefore I am.............I think!

Hands0n

The only thing I worry about VMs is shared resources and impacts.  I used to run Parallels in a Mac Pro (2007 model) and that worked really well, generally.  Then one day, while flashing an Android smartphone something (I never did find out) slammed the CPU (all 4 cores of the Xeon processors) and ended up bricking the phone.  I got it back, eventually, but it was a complete chore to do. 

Since then I';ve not really trusted VMs for such tasks as USB flashing - hence the £165 Dell D630 for anything Windoze.
--
Danny
"Its better than bad, its good"

Current FCs: Pixhawk, APM 2.6, Naza M V2, Naze32, Flip32+ CC3D, KK2.1.5
Aircraft: miniMax Hex, DJI 550 (clone) TBS Disco, 450 Firefly, 250 Pro, ZMR250, Hubsan X4, Bixler 2

Royston

We shall see.
Just in the process of installing Mission Planner and taking it one step at a time.
So far windows 7 is running much smoother and faster than with parallels.  Onltime will tell.