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Hi all,

my old computer is giving out and I'm getting a new one. Now I need to know
what I need. ;-) I mean, apart from getting some quilting programme in the
future, Beverly infected me and I'm drooling for a SM with embroidery module
and matching software. I have no idea how many MB or GB I should get for the
whatsitcalled - working memory? I think I'll get me dual core processor.
What have you got? What should I get? What should I think of?

U.




Re: Need your input!
On 13/10/2010 09:41, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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I'm on an iMac now, and loving it.  I have a Windows partition for
running Windows only stuff such as the Wild Ginger software.  Works for
me.  :)  I LOVE my huge screen, and the speed...

I still have the old IBM notebook laptop for traveling, but it's very
irritating after this, so I shall save up for a Macbook of some sort
when I can.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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I'm going for a Dell; my old one lasted about 9 years without any problems.
But now the display has developed an annoying but hard to describe neon
blinking effect which makes it a pain to look at (might be the graphic
card...) . Therefore I'm keeping it short (getting a headache!). Need a new
one anyway so... You don't run any embroidery or quilt software on yours, do
you? Does Wild Ginger use a lot of MBs?

U.



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On 13/10/2010 10:39, Ursula Schrader wrote:
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It needs a bit, but I hardly notice it as the section I have the Windows
installed on is way bigger than the whole laptop it was on before!  And
that's only a small part of my hard drive anyway...

I don't YET run any patchwork or embroidery software...  :D

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Ram memory is real inexpensive right now.  I run 4GB on my Windows XP
machine.
When it comes time to upgrade I will get more I am sure.

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Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine
18 Dingman Rd Sand Lake, NY 12153
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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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That's the size of the Harddrive, and mostly it depends on
how many applications you intend to install on the new
computer. Check how much of your current harddrive you are
using and get about 150% of that or as much more as you can
afford. On my new everyday working computer, I have a
500Gigabyte harddrive, and another 500Gig in an external
enclosure I can use for backups.  On the older
embrodiery-only computer I have installed a 500Gig
harddrive.

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"RAM"  also know as "Random Access Memory".  Probably a
minimum of 1gigabyte, on up to whatever you can afford.  My
new Dell has 3.24 GB of RAM.  Usually the more RAM you have,
combined with a faster processor, the speedier everything
will load and run.

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An Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo 2.8Ghz CPU on my new Dell, but my
legacy computer, on which I run the embroidery machine is
slower, 1.4Ghz.

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Ursula, investigate the ---minimum system requirements---  
for the hardware (embroidery machine) and software
(digitizing application) for the machine(s) you are drooling
over.  Especially important, make sure the software will run
on whatever OS (XP/VISTA/2000/etc) your new computer will
come loaded with.  Some embroidery software is old enough
that it balks at the newer operating systems, or will not
install at all (*see below for a work-around).  The shop
where you are looking at machines should be able to supply
you with a list of minimum requirements.

When I bought my XL5000 in 2004, I had no clue about the
software 'dongle' which required an outdated/obsolete serial
port for connection.  I proceeded to purchase a dedicated
laptop computer, and discovered that the software/dongle
needed a serial port and the computer had nothing but USB
ports.  I was able to locate (after much searching) a
serial-to-USB converter which worked... kind of. But I
finally ended up replacing the notebook with a resurrected
older (2001) PC.  It has an Intel 1.4GHz processor, a
500Gigabyte harddrive (plenty big enough, I am only using
about 22 Gig), 1GB RAM (while more memory would be better, I
can no longer find compatible SIMMs) and the OS is XP Pro
Service Pack 2.  It is slower then the laptop, but has the
*huge* advantage of having a serial port for the null modem
cable, which makes transferring designs to the SM
effortless.

*One solution, if the new computer comes with a whiz-bang
newer OS which will not run the [embroidery software], is to
partition your harddrive and create a bootable partition for
a legacy OS, such as Win 98 or XP.  It sounds complicated,
but really it's not. In the past when I needed to install
some legacy applications which refused to install under XP,
I used Partition Magic to create the new partition,
installed a registered copy of Win 98 in the new partition,
and the older software applications installed and ran just
fine.  And it's very easy to boot back-and-forth between the
two partitions.

On the new Dell Inspiron 530 desktop I bought last year, I
paid a $20 "downgrade" in order to have it come pre-loaded
with XP PRO Service Pack 3.  I wanted nothing to do with
Vista, but Dell may no longer offer that choice.

HTH,

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Beverly
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Re: Need your input!
Thank you all for your input! As for Mac - I'm not so much into that; my old
computer is a Dell and it has run for 9 years without any trouble at all! So
I'll get another Dell. They customize them, so I can get what I want, if I
know what I want. ;-) Thanks to you all, and my brother and DH, too, I think
I know now, so I'll contact my personal salesperson.

"BEI Design" wrote...
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They sell them with Windows 7 only now, and as far as I've heard, that one
works pretty well. If they's tried to sell me Vista, I'd have paid for a
downgrade, too. Actually, Vista was one of the reasons I postponed getting a
new computer for so long. And good it was, now I can get the right stuff for
all my new discovered hobbies. ;-)

Beverly, your input helped a lot! I'll make them include a null modem port!

U. - writing her wishlist and then making a phonecall.




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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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You may want to hang on to that older computer.  :-}  I use
my new computer for most applications, e-mail, and the
internet, but my older one is set up for my embroidery
machine.  I do have all three computers on a LAN, so I'm
able to swap files easily when I need to.

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I have never used Win 7, do try to find out from the sewing
machine people whether your machine and software will run
under it.

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I doubt very much Dell will offer a serial port/null modem
port, that technology went out several years ago as USB
became the default.  If the software you plan to run
requires it, you'll probably have to find a USB-to-serial
adaptor like:
http://www.cablestogo.com/product_list.asp?cat_id=1529&gclid=CPeCj63X46QCFQYHbAodTVM7Lg&cm_mmc=AdWords-_-Adapters-_-serial%20to%20usb%20adapters_2932497921-_-serial%20to%20usb%20adapters_Broad_&cm_guid=1-_-100000000000000141550-_-2932497921

However, I strongly suggest that you try to find them
locally.  It took me four tries before I found one which
worked with my software/dongle, and I had to return the
first three.

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Good luck!

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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