I have a Dell SX280 (P4 3GHZ, 1GB RAM) which I am currently running Win 7, Mach 3, and a SmoothStepper board hooked up to a Gecko G540.
I recently switched to this dedicated PC due to stability problems (random Mach freezeups). I am still experiencing some stability problems with the new setup, most likely due to noise on the USB connection.
I am now considering trying EMC2, but I am wondering if it's going to solve any of the stability problems I am experiencing.
I've looked at the user manual, and the default choice of GUIs are pretty rough on the eyes, are there "Screensets" available like there are for Mach 3? How hard is it to modify the GUI for someone with a reasonably strong software development background?
I don't want to take a step backward and install XP. I am not going to pay money for software that only works on a legacy system. Besides that I have a license for 7, I don't have a license for XP.
LinuxCNC, at this time, does not support USB controllers like the SmoothStepper.