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g3cwi
04-11-2012, 10:10 AM
Hi all

I'm off to Singapore for the summer and want to do some more Prop experiments during my down time while there. What would you recomend for this? I see that cheap tablets have USB ports as do netbooks of course. Looking for a low-end solution. Ideas.

Regards

Richard

ElectricAye
04-11-2012, 02:49 PM
Richard,

you might have a look at this:
http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?132692-Netbook-for-hosting-prop-development

I don't know how low you want to go but I just bought an Acer laptop for $400 from Walmart and it works great.

Also this:
http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?112224-Will-a-Netbook-work-with-a-Propeller

MacTuxLin
04-11-2012, 03:30 PM
'm off to Singapore for the summer and want to do some more Prop experiments during my down time while there. What would you recomend for this? I see that cheap tablets have USB ports as do netbooks of course. Looking for a low-end solution. Ideas.

Regards

Richard

Try Sim Lim Square (http://www.simlimsquare.com.sg/). Its a 6-level building pack with shops selling computers & accessories etc, something like Fry's. But if you want more Radio Shack-type, try Sim Lim Tower. It is about 500m away from Sim Lim Square. Have fun bargaining!

User Name
04-11-2012, 03:58 PM
Try Sim Lim Square.
Dang, you make me want to take a trip to Singapore!

For those of us more opportunity-challenged, I would echo ElectricAye's advice. After mucking around with cheaper solutions that inevitably left much to be desired, I had to admit that a cheap Acer laptop, either new or 'refurbished', was far more satisfying and far less frustrating. Some are quite thin and light.

I'd like to know if anyone has ever taken a stand-alone Sphinx system on holiday, and was happy with it.

prof_braino
04-11-2012, 07:32 PM
One can use Propforth on any stock prop board or equivalent, and only needs a terminal program like teraterm or minicom.

I use a quickstart and a OLPC-XO (300Mhz) and it works just fine. The The only time I need a more powerful machine is the rare occasion when I have to run the proptool to reload a spin for the kernel. But this is only needed when the kernel is updated.

User Name
04-12-2012, 12:21 AM
I've got commitment issues. Too many half-finished projects make me skittish to begin another. But it seems like a moral imperative to find some space inside a PS/2 keyboard case for a Propeller and EEPROM loaded with a terminal program. I inherited from my teen-aged son a small LCD VGA monitor that would be a suitable companion to the keyboard, and would complete a dirt cheap terminal.

All I'd have to do after that is connect the terminal to a Prop board running Propforth, like Prof_B mentioned. Perhaps there would be room for the Propforth Prop in the same keyboard case... Perhaps I could even steal 5V from the monitor's internals...

Tubular
04-12-2012, 12:25 AM
All I'd have to do after that is connect the terminal to a Prop board running Propforth, like Prof_B mentioned. Perhaps there would be room for the Propforth Prop in the same keyboard case... Perhaps I could even steal 5V from the monitor's internals...

Many monitors have a USB hub inside for your convenience. I believe you should be able to pick up 5v here without having to get inside the monitor

User Name
04-12-2012, 01:47 AM
@Tubular: I can't find the secret to revealing the inner wonders of this little Chimei monitor without cracking plastic so, for the time being, Prop and KBD power will have to come from a NiMH pack. But this is really cool that some monitors have a USB hub. I didn't know anything about it.