[amsat-bb] Re: Better/best operating system for SatPC32?

Lizeth Norman normanlizeth at gmail.com
Fri May 17 20:55:05 PDT 2013

None. Pick you poison. Satpc32 crashes using all operating systems. Good
for an hour or so. Then you get an OLE FEHER error. Tried this over all
operating systems (xp, win7, win8)
Grab a pc from the kerb and load up xp. cheap and simple.
As many problems as satpc32 has, it's far and away better than the

On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM, Philip Jenkins <n4hf.philip at gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm in the process of buying a very low-end refurbished PC for use at Field
> Day and at a 10 day local fair this Fall to demonstrate satellite
> operating.
> All that this PC will be used for is running packet software and SatPC32 in
> the field. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to use the PC to control the
> antenna. (I may use this PC as for  packet/APRS at home; I have another Win
> XP shack desktop already dedicated to ham radio/SatPC32/rig control/antenna
> steering.)
> Which is a better OS for this, Win 7 Home Premium 32-bit (which most of the
> PCs that I'm looking at) or Win 7 Home Premium (64-bit)?  I had heard there
> were some compatibility problems (not necessarily with any ham radio
> software) with the 32-bit version when Win 7 first came out.
> Most of the machines with either version come with 1 GB RAM - should I
> choose one with 2GB or more (or install more RAM myself), or will 1 GB be
> sufficient for the light use I'm intending for this machine? (I noticed in
> the WIN 7 specifications that 1 GB is the minimum.)
> Most of the PCs I'm looking at with have a serial port as well (which is
> one of my criterion for considering these units) - that will make my life
> much easier with the old TNCs I have :-)
> To sum up, which OS should I choose, Win 7 Home Premium 32-bit, or Home
> Premium (64-bit)?
> Tnx es 73
> Philip N4HF
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