In my continuing project to build my robot, Nina, I'm considering buying a relatively inexpensive laptop that can be mounted on the base section and used the master processor. The Biggest program on the laptop would be roborealm, but it will also be running some python scripts, which I've tested on my personal computer and they work great. I'm thinking about buying one that isn't too fancy-shmachy, but has at least enough CPU and virtual memory to run Roborealm. I'm thinking about reinstalling the operating system using a program that will allow me to select the bare minimum of what's needed to run my robot's processing, hence saving virtual memory. Addditionaly circuitry, such as a PIC controll board, a sabertooth motor controller, and a lynxmotion SSC serial servo controller will talk to this laptop computer via USB and serial ports.
Do any of you have suggestions on where I can purchase a decent one for a relatively inexpensive price. My budget for this laptop will be about 500-800 dollars.