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

David Giles vk5dg at internode.on.net
Sat May 18 16:52:08 PDT 2013

Hello Philip,

I use SatPC32 using VMWARE.  The XP OS is running as a guest on my Linux PC.
Serial ports for radio/antenna work but there is no driver for a 
parallel port.
It might take a bit of effort to set up but I can run just about 
anything using
Windows as just another process under Linux.

73 de David VK5DG

On 18/05/13 06:07, Philip Jenkins 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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