The only thing listed that is different is the Video. The Dells have internal video (that can be turned off and a PCI video card installed) BUT the video on the Dell does not use shared RAM with the CPU and does not cause problems. We are running a shop full of GX260, GX270 and GX280 Dells P4 from 2.4G to 3G and they all work great for running MACH. I even use one from my MACH development computer. XP is stable and efficient and just about any card you might elect to add later will have tried and tested XP drivers.
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for some reason i cant send PM's on here so i will say it publicly...........thanks for your post, i did buy the above mentioned computer and just finished installing windows xp.........the $200 bucks i saved is now being routed to the steppers and Gecko
We are playing with a tiny processor card that we are working to load Linux and EMC2 (From SD Chip). It will have a parallel port but to soothe the hand-wringers we will call it a "High Speed CNC bus". The whole thing will fit into a space smaller than a shoe box.
Ok, so am I correct when I say I need to next purchase a PCI video card?
When I install it, will the Dell's internal video card be automatically turned off?
Do you have a good source to purchase the above mentioned PCI card?
After buying the PCI card, will I then be all set to operate my Joe's 2006?
FedEx tracking number says it arrives tommorow