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Ill start of with a funny story.

Im married and sometimes I watch things on my computer that I know a lot of men do. (im not going to say what).

But last night I was wondering why I could  not hear anything, after about 30 min I instantly realized I was still connected to my outdoor speakers...…………... 

So to the point I have a couple slower computers that I want to run only the show, what can I get away with using, This computer will only run 4.4 and be stripped of as many running services as possible. 

I am running a show with all dmx channels if that makes a difference. 

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Running a show does not take much.  Until a couple years ago, I was running my show (with thousands of channels) on a Pentium 2 based computer running Windows XP.  The fastest sequence was able to max out the CPU until I switched almost everything to Intensity files, and then it was down to about 18% CPU at the max.  Replaced that two years ago with an i5 based computer running Windows 7 - not so much because I needed more CPU horsepower, but I wanted to get away from XP.

If you are concerned that a computer wont be able to run your show, set it up and run your show during the day and watch the CPU performance.

 

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19 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

Running a show does not take much.  Until a couple years ago, I was running my show (with thousands of channels) on a Pentium 2 based computer running Windows XP.  The fastest sequence was able to max out the CPU until I switched almost everything to Intensity files, and then it was down to about 18% CPU at the max.  Replaced that two years ago with an i5 based computer running Windows 7 - not so much because I needed more CPU horsepower, but I wanted to get away from XP.

If you are concerned that a computer wont be able to run your show, set it up and run your show during the day and watch the CPU performance.

 

Yah Im throwing a small ssd in it right now.  Its a slow quad core intel n4100 hopefully it does the trick. 

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26 minutes ago, sresener said:

Yah Im throwing a small ssd in it right now.  Its a slow quad core intel n4100 hopefully it does the trick. 

CORES do not really help for a show. (K6CCC was on a Pentium 2. 1 core)  You want  good I/O capacity (that SSD can help or it could hog (supply data so fast, that is all the IO can  handle)

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40 minutes ago, TheDucks said:

CORES do not really help for a show. (K6CCC was on a Pentium 2. 1 core)  You want  good I/O capacity (that SSD can help or it could hog (supply data so fast, that is all the IO can  handle)

Its only a older intel sata ssd  I would be shocked if it saturated I/O. A quad core may not help playing a show, but it will sure help out windows 10 with everything else going on in the background. 

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I run my show from a Gateway netbook that had Win7 starter edition on it, ran no problem. The computer was painfully slow to use for web surfing and what not. I have since done a clean/new install of Win10 (computer is much faster and better to use) and only have LOR on there and it works great. We run 6 controllers using about 92 channels.

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I run mine off a cheap mini pc with a cheapo Intel Atom in it, I paid $120 for. I'd use a raspberry pi but LOR don't support it.

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If it is not connected (ever) to the Internet. Unsupported  is moot. You just need compatible drivers. Those packages  can be imported from any PC via sneakernet (flash drive).

It needs to WORK  😛

It needs USB2 ports

It needs RAM (not the bare minimum) and disk space.

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