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Old 01-11-2009, 10:28   #1
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OpenCPN and Atom CPU?

I want to tank the writer of opencpn for the best program ever. I have just bearly tried it on a laptop with Ubuntu and a 60CSX on my sailboat. A gib'sea 472. Now I'm looking for a power saving computer and a waterproof screen. I think I have found the screen which is within normal price range. ( Rugged LCD Monitors - Vi kan Robust! )

But to the question: Most powersaving computers are small computers with Atom CPU. I have noticed that OpenCPN like to use CPU sometimes. or maybe I need a faster harddrive. Can anyone who have tried the atom cpu and opencpn give a field report on the speed? Is it enough? Do I need a SSD disk instead of a normal for speed?

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Old 01-11-2009, 10:39   #2
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From OpenCPN FAQs - the developer's website:

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[OpenCPN] will run acceptably on as little as a 300 Mhz Pentium-II Windows-98 computer.
Your Atom CPU is plenty powerful enough. A standard hard disk drive is fine too, although there's nothing stopping you from using a solid state drive if you want to.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:07   #3
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Hi,

I'm running OpenCPN on an Acer Aspire one which uses the atom CPU. I've used both BSB and cm93 charts with satisfying results.

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That monitor is horrendously expensive! Would be easier getting a fresh cheap one every month
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That monitor is horrendously expensive! Would be easier getting a fresh cheap one every month

Hehe. It's a Norwegian shop with Norwegian currency. It's about 1490,- $. I agree, still expencive, but the alternatives with that spec is much more expencive. (best offer I have seen so far) I guess without the Norwegian tax, I could get it cheaper. but then again, I need it before I start cruising for serious.
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OpenCPN runs great on our ASUS EeePC, which is Atom powered. Runs great with BSB, S57, and CM93-2 charts...
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Hehe. It's a Norwegian shop with Norwegian currency. It's about 1490,- $. I agree, still expencive, but the alternatives with that spec is much more expencive. (best offer I have seen so far) I guess without the Norwegian tax, I could get it cheaper. but then again, I need it before I start cruising for serious.
Looks like a great monitor.
I see that the brightness of the monitor is 1100 cd/m2 (that's probably the maximum) and the power consumption (operational) is less than 17Watt. Does operational mean at maximum brightness or at a lower setting and, if so, can you still read the screen in sunlight?

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Looks like a great monitor.
I see that the brightness of the monitor is 1100 cd/m2 (that's probably the maximum) and the power consumption (operational) is less than 17Watt. Does operational mean at maximum brightness or at a lower setting and, if so, can you still read the screen in sunlight?

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