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Laptop Computer choice?

Any problems with Windoze 7 or 8 and programs like Tweecer, Cal Edit, BE, or BA?????

Anything special I should look for in a new "car only" computer??



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any new LT will work with those OS.

I prefer the smaller ones, less cumbersome.


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any new LT will work with those OS.

I prefer the smaller ones, less cumbersome.
-agreed

make sure it has decent size battery and/or a dc charger.

try to find one with the usb ports on both left and right sides

personally i would want one with a serial port, finding a new one with that is hard

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I bought a cheap, cheap, Toshiba kids model computer from Bestbuy. Has disk drive, plenty of USB, Serial Port and a spill proof key board. Being a kids computer, it has extra shock protection for when it falls off the fenders while the car is running, etc. The spill proof key board is nice to not have to worry about grungy fingers when working on the car and using the laptop at the same time.

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Nice I might have to check that out. I have an ancient and large dell and it's getting obnoxious.

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i used to have a little acer netbook, one day it crapped out on me and i had to get a new laptop, i currently have a gateway with a 19" screen this thing is massive, i very much dislike this large of a laptop

i highly recommend getting a small laptop or a netbook, at least 3 usb ports is a minimum requirement, i wish i would have gotten another netbook and i will eventually

getting a laptop with a back lit keyboard is a major plus as well

if your using binary editor i recommend getting an intel based laptop, the amd's and what not don't work so well with some direct flashing hardware

if you do want large, the alienware laptop are very nice!!!

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If you get a windows 8 machine, you might have to disable the strict driver signing since I know the tweecer isn't MSFT certified and I doubt the quarter horse would be either.


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If you are buying new find one with a daylight screen. I find that on bright sunny days it's hard to see the screen content with the laptop on the passenger seat.

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I have a few Thinkpads I am not using that i'd sell for a good price. They are solid machines and worked great for tuning my gmc syclone and typhoon. PM if interested and i'll dig up the specs. I believe they are T410 and T420 models.

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+1 on the backlit keyboard. I could really use it!

I use a tiny little netbook: HP Mini 210. It's got 3 USB ports on it, has an Intel Atom processor so it has insane battery life, and with an SSD and SD card, it's a reliable little tuning and datalogging machine. Best of all... it was free! Courtesy of those rewards points you earn through credit cards.

I run Windows 7 32-bit just for compatibility sake. I don't do much else with the netbook, it's pretty much a BE and TunerPro RT field computer.


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Thanks....I wound up with a IBM Thinkpad using a solid state drive. It has LONG battery life and the SS drive makes it fast and vibration proof. I had to completely remove the ThinkPad OS and installed Windows XP Pro as the only OS.

Tweecer CalCon and CalEdit would not run on the ThinkPad OS, but straightened right out with XP.


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FYI XP kills solid stat drives..

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FYI XP kills solid stat drives..
Yes, that's true. XP is so old that it predates TRIM function and other SSD specific things.

I run Windows 7 and haven't had any problems with any software, whatsoever. Windows 7 might be the best OS that Microsoft ever made!

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FYI XP kills solid stat drives..
SS drives don't care what OS is on them. That rumor
comes from early SSD's, where the drives themselves were unreliable.

Then, as SS drives improved and MTBF increased, operating systems also changed.

The result of this is people think it was the OS change, when it actually was drive quality improving.


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SS drives don't care what OS is on them. That rumor
comes from early SSD's, where the drives themselves were unreliable.

Then, as SS drives improved and MTBF increased, operating systems also changed.

The result of this is people think it was the OS change, when it actually was drive quality improving.
You're right, SSD's don't care about what OS is reading/writing to them. However, flash NANDs have a finite number of write cycles. If the OS doesn't explicitly deal with this limitation, it's up to the NAND controller to deal with it instead. And most NAND controllers aren't that sophisticated. Sandforce and Intel controllers are pretty decent, but it's still up to the OS to optimize SSD performance and lifetime.

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