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James W
 


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[Wanted] Cheap Laptop for Ham Radio Project

Looks like I'm proceeding with a new ham radio project for which I need a cheap but serviceable laptop. Will consider a compact desktop possibly too if you have one. I need these minimum specs:

• OS Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 / 10
• Processor Clock Frequency: 2.0 GHz or faster
• HDD: 1 GB or more of available space
• RAM: 2 GB or more
• Display resolution: 1366 x 768 16-bit high color or higher (32-bit true color is recommended)
• USB port: USB 2.0 (Full-speed USB)
• LAN port:100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T or Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b or higher
• Speaker/earphone and Mic sockets
• Wi-fi built in

Anyone got anything they would like to shift on? Looking for something as cheap as possible as it's only to drive a bit of radio kit, not do anything else on, so price is key.

TIA Thumbs Up
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Have you thought of a Rasberry PI ?

I have used one to run Octoprint on my 3d printer and I am very impressed

Found this doing a quick search https://dl1gkk.com/setup-raspberry-pi-for-ham-radio/
Don't know anything about HAM radio so don't know if its what you are looking for.

You can pick up a top spec PI kit off amazon for around £80
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Does it have to be Windows as I don't think you will get very far with 2GB ram

I would say something like this but it need a power supply and Windows ontop and you give no idea what sort of price is key
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-E50-70-1...Swwxxe17EM

also pushing it as it only has 4GB ram
  
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I do. I have an HP ProBook 455 G2 you can buy off me.

4Gb RAM
500Gb HD
Windows 10 Pro
AMD A8 processor
15" screen
It is missing the > sign keycap, though the key works.

£100 inc P&P?

Let me know how much you want to spend? I might have other things....

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James W
 


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Cheers chaps

Raspberry Pi is defo a good option for lots of similar projects but this particular bit of kit needs windows for its bespoke software - I assumed Raspberry Pi is unix only?

Steve - will drop you a PM later Thumbs Up - as far below £100 as possible would be good as it's only to experiment with something. All my old tech in the house are either macbooks (1 white, 1 black, 1 pro Laughing ) that are too old to load Windows 8 or 10 onto, or tablets.

Appreciate it will be slow, but it will only be running one bit of software - nothing else, and will be left running most of the time, so startup time isn't too much of an issue, neither is disk speed.

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If you are just testing, could you not do that with a virtualized instance of Windows on existing hardware? It might be a pain to expose the correct hardware to the Windows instance, but could be worth the effort?

Regards,
Steve
  
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James W
 


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Thanks Steve, good idea but it just would probably not work due to how the software creates virtual com ports.

All very kindly sorted now via other Steve above 👍

Thanks all!
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