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Vista on a cheap computer
« on: January 21, 2008, 10:52:18 PM »
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I need a computer that can do the following : run Vista, store ~ 5 GB of robot code, and have at least 512mb RAM

now heres the catch : IT HAS TO COST LESS THAN $150 !!!

Look I know this doesn't really cost 72 bucks, its more  BUT can I upgrade the system so that it can fulfill the characteristics I need?
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/how20/157a2ea4fc033110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html



I needs some help!  ;)

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P.S.  I know I can just take used laptops , but they are relatively big , I'm trying to save space.
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008, 10:58:23 PM »
I've looked around and got the following requirements for Vista Basic

# 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
# 512 MB of system memory
# 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
# Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
# DVD-ROM drive
# Audio Output

I guess the 72 bucks PC won't cut it . Can I perhaps assemble a computer (its not portable) for under 150 dollars that can do all of the above. Maybe mini-itx?

I need some help in this matter .
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008, 11:24:17 PM »
http://www.logicsupply.com/products/ln10000eg

it would go over your budget by like 12 dollars, but all you need is the motherboard, cpu, and 512mb of ram right?

correction: you'd need a video card too like this one;  http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3249827&CatId=1603
« Last Edit: January 21, 2008, 11:29:20 PM by Dr_Worm »

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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008, 11:51:45 PM »
thanks ill look into that


but do you think I could find a regular 1ghz computer for under 150 bucks
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008, 11:58:28 PM »
About a year ago, I found a P4-2.8GHz, 512 RAM, 80Gb HD Dell on the Dell Outlet site for $79.  It was a regular desktop machine, not a laptop. You might want to take a look there.  Sometimes they have smoking deals.  Being after Xmas, they may be dumping their overstocks (if they have any) in the Outlet.


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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2008, 12:07:12 AM »

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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2008, 12:51:21 AM »
thanks for the comments , ill check the dell outlets

its a computer for a car by the way
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2008, 12:59:24 AM »
for a car? like plugs into the car? or inbuilt dash comp or something...



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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2008, 06:58:30 AM »
for a car? like plugs into the car? or inbuilt dash comp or something...



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just a computer that runs off the car's 12V battery source
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2008, 09:10:35 AM »
lol I want a laptop for under $50 dollars. ;D
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2008, 09:28:34 PM »
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I need a computer that can do the following : run Vista, store ~ 5 GB of robot code, and have at least 512mb RAM
. . . why?

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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2008, 08:40:55 PM »
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I need a computer that can do the following : run Vista, store ~ 5 GB of robot code, and have at least 512mb RAM
. . . why?
For my new CarBuddy software

too lazy to explain, details are in a post titled carbuddy
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2008, 08:59:44 PM »
if this is for the carbuddy. go here http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/index.php

they'll know all about putting computers in cars

you could also try to find a lite version of vista and instal the voice recognition part later
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2008, 09:01:12 PM »
if this is for the carbuddy. go here http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/index.php

they'll know all about putting computers in cars

you could also try to find a lite version of vista and instal the voice recognition part later


thank you that is perfect!
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2008, 10:39:58 AM »
How about HD protection? Won't one bump kill a powered-working HD? Even if not, will it work long?

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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2008, 10:51:49 AM »
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2008, 11:09:35 AM »
How about HD protection? Won't one bump kill a powered-working HD? Even if not, will it work long?
I don't think so , since there are so many computers in cars and none of them are solid state . But I will take that into consideration and test it with a crappy computer thats running some old version of Windows or linux

maybe I can use a removable 250gb  flash drive  as teh main hard drive, anyone do this before?
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2008, 12:24:08 PM »
250gb flash drive?
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2008, 01:01:07 PM »
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since there are so many computers in cars and none of them are solid state
are you sure they aren't solid state? i was under the assumption cars only had microcontrollers . . . (I didn't check, but I'm assuming)

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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2008, 02:31:30 PM »
car modules(mcu) are solidstate. but I'm assuming he's talking about the custom carputers (link i posted earlier)
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2008, 04:56:15 PM »
car modules(mcu) are solidstate. but I'm assuming he's talking about the custom carputers (link i posted earlier)

yes ,  the carputers aren't solid state are they?
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2008, 05:16:11 PM »
quick search on their sites and it looks like they use normal laptop drives
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2008, 05:18:04 PM »
quick search on their sites and it looks like they use normal laptop drives

yep, I will make a  new post relating how I plan to run the CarBuddy program in a car.
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2008, 07:20:48 PM »
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isn't windows vista $300 alone so that might make it hard to find one for $50
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2008, 07:22:56 PM »
I have a copy of vista already and all i need is a compatible computer
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2008, 12:04:02 AM »
How about HD protection? Won't one bump kill a powered-working HD? Even if not, will it work long?

Stick with laptop drives.  You'd only have to worry about G forces if you're putting it in the General Lee and Boss Hogg is after you.

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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2008, 01:11:51 AM »
have you looked around in dumpsters near universities? or colleages?
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2008, 07:32:29 PM »
have you looked around in dumpsters near universities? or colleages?

good idea , though I doubt people throw away vista compatible computers in the garbage. I want to go scavenging after the colleges are done for the year , see all the junk they throw out which is my treasure
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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2008, 07:44:37 PM »
check Harverd college dumpsters ;D

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Re: Vista on a cheap computer
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2008, 08:16:06 PM »
ya...last year my sister got a free working laptop (no software) from her italian teacher ;D made me jealous. i wish our school had a dumpster for electronics.
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