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Old 22-05-2013, 11:17   #1
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OpenCPN on old computer help

I have an IBM Thinkpad 600X (P-III 450 Mhz, 384 MB RAM) running XP SP3 and OpenCPN 2.5. It works pretty well. I have this as a "nav only" computer with no extra software and never any internet connection. Should I upgrade to the latest 3.2 version or will I be sorry? Can it run on old hardware like that?
Also, does anyone know if the Linux package with OpenCPN could run on this computer?

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Old 22-05-2013, 19:49   #2
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Re: OpenCPN on old computer help

Coquina,

No operating system is more backward compatible than Linux. There should be no reason an i386 version will not run - probably noticeably faster than the other system - on your computer. First step if your computer will accept more ram is to upgrade to the maximum possible. You may have to do some legwork and use your favorite search engine to locate compatible ram for your system. If you have never added ram yourself before fear not. It is very simple to do - so save your $ and do it yourself.

Your Linux installation will be straight forward since you will not be using media programs that require a bit more research and work in the installation process.

Any Linux flavor will do. Fedora, Ubuntu and Debian are a few of the more popular packagers available for free.

Lots of help available if you need it. Here and by simply using a search engine with relevant key words.

You didn't mention hard drive capacity. May need a bigger drive.

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I have an IBM Thinkpad 600X (P-III 450 Mhz, 384 MB RAM) running XP SP3 and OpenCPN 2.5. It works pretty well. I have this as a "nav only" computer with no extra software and never any internet connection. Should I upgrade to the latest 3.2 version or will I be sorry? Can it run on old hardware like that?
Also, does anyone know if the Linux package with OpenCPN could run on this computer?

Thanks!
Definitely upgrade to 3.2.2! It should run fine. Might have to opt out on the OpenGL settings depending on your graphic driver but this isn't a biggie.

I run on XP SP3 as well and will as long as I can.

GO FOR IT!

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Re: OpenCPN on old computer help

Thanks for the advice. I have a few hard drives in the 6-12 GB range, so I can do some experiments and still have the "good one" if it messes up. I have used SeaClear for ages and initially though OpenCPN was so bad it was unusable. It seemed any chart zooming or changes locked it up. Once I got rid of the vector charts and stuck to the raster versions it ran much better. I have really got to like the AIS functions. SeaClear does not have collision alarms or any other advanced AIS functionality.
I'll ty the new version when I get home and give it a test run this weekend.

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Definitely upgrade to 3.2.2! It should run fine. Might have to opt out on the OpenGL settings depending on your graphic driver but this isn't a biggie.

I run on XP SP3 as well and will as long as I can.

GO FOR IT!

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Re: OpenCPN on old computer help

It worked great - no issues. I let it burn in for 2 days before my trip and it was fine the whole weekend. Thanks all!

Question - I find the ENC charts totally unusable and stick to RNCs. Is this the norm?
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..... I find the ENC charts totally unusable and stick to RNCs......
Hi,

What do you mean by unusable ?,
if you mean that you do not not fancy them it is your choice and this what is good with OpenCPN you can use the format you prefer.

Myself, I am using ENC charts because I can show On / Off items.

Have you read OpenCPN manual book ?


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If I can post screenshots on here I will show you what I mean. Give me a sec....
To me this is an unusable mess.
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... To me this is an unusable mess....
Coquina,

To many items are selected for your ENCs charts.

Please have a go on this page : Vector Charts | Official OpenCPN Homepage
and unselect what is not suitable for you.
I do think you will review your judgement.

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