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Old 08-28-2015, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default What laptop do you use for tuning?

Recently picked up a gen 1 MegaSquirt, time to hunt for a new-to-me laptop.



What make/model are you guys using and or are there any software/hardware features yours had?(Specifically for tuning that is) I know my way around a computer fairly well, but just don't keep up with the latest and greatest

I like the idea of using a netbook, but if it's anything like the Asus I had a few years back, it was soooooooooo slow.


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I recently got a new tuning laptop (7417-PKU) from G - https://www.miataturbo.net/stuff-sal...o-slave-83102/

I upped mine with 8GB ram, SSD Drive & a 9 cell battery.

Hey may or may not have some available, EO2K
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<p>I have an Acer Aspire that&nbsp;has 2G memory + 128G SSD drive + Windows 10 (yup...).&nbsp; I find it quite capable for Tunerstudio and that's what only what I use it for.&nbsp; It's got the 6 cell battery so it'll last pretty much a day in the car.&nbsp; There's a pretty wide mix of machines in use on this site and operating systems as well.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>That said, I recently picked up an Acer laptop/tablet 11&quot; convertible that I also have W10 on and have started to use it (touch screen when in tablet mode).&nbsp; A bit slow to start TS initially but no issues at all in use.</p>
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There's not much that WON'T run TunerStudio.

I just picked up an HP G42 for $50, threw a $10 battery at it, about to throw 8gigs of ram at it. Fresh Windows 7 premium 64-bit install, and it does ok. It's not fast, but more than fast enough for a tuning slave/internet machine.
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a tuning slave/internet machine.
Exactly what I'm looking at grabbing, a tuning/garage computer.
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The only concern with a netbook would be screen resolution. When this G42 dies or i move it along, that's what i'll be using. The idea of throwing my tuning slave in the glovebox appeals to me.

A Chromebook running a fresh Linux distro should be fine, too.
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I have yet to install the MS in the car or take a look at any of the software, should screen resolution be a key selling point? I like to think my eyesight is pretty good and I do, like you, like the idea of being able to toss the computer in the glovebox or tuck it away somewhere.
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I have yet to install the MS in the car or take a look at any of the software, should screen resolution be a key selling point? I like to think my eyesight is pretty good and I do, like you, like the idea of being able to toss the computer in the glovebox or tuck it away somewhere.
Screen resolution more an issue when you can't fit a whole table in the screen. Most modern netbooks should be fine. Some of them used to be 800x600 which sucks.
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You don't need much horsepower for Megasquirt tuning.

Years ago, I used a Pentium-III tablet (late 90s vintage) with 128 *megabytes* of RAM. It ran MegaTune just fine, TunerStudio was sluggish.

In later years, I used a first-gen (2008?) EeePC netbook with TunerStudio. It worked fine.

Pretty much any machine built in the last 10 years will run TunerStudio.
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for a MSPNP1, basically anything will work
for the latest ms3's, I would beg to differ
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for a MSPNP1, basically anything will work
for the latest ms3's, I would beg to differ

The last laptop I used for tuning was a Sony Vaio VGN-TXN15, of 2006/2007 vintage. It had a 1.2Ghz Core Solo processor (Intel U1400) and 2GB of RAM. It ran TunerStudio on the MS3 just fine.

It's literally impossible to buy anything even close to that slow today. The very cheapest of the current-gen Atom processors runs circles around that old laptop.
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Screen resolution more an issue when you can't fit a whole table in the screen. Most modern netbooks should be fine. Some of them used to be 800x600 which sucks.
Ah gotcha. Yeah I would HATE to have to constantly scroll up/down/left/right to see everything lol.
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It's literally impossible to buy anything even close to that slow today. The very cheapest of the current-gen Atom processors runs circles around that old laptop.
Exactly what I wanted to hear . I was just looking for the min PC requirements and was going to start shopping off that.

Any issues with operating system/USB compatibility on newer PCs and running this software? I ask because the data logging software and computer combo I was using at one point on my 300zx did not like the serial to USB converters that was required to run it.
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I originally used a notebook. Don't do it. Screen is too small. I bought a toshiba at best but brand new for $300 a few years back. Windows 7. That's all I needed.
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Any issues with operating system/USB compatibility on newer PCs and running this software? I ask because the data logging software and computer combo I was using at one point on my 300zx did not like the serial to USB converters that was required to run it.
There are a lot of manufacturers selling USB-to-RS232 cables, but only a few producing the actual chipset and drivers which makes the cable work.

Buy any cable based on the GUC232A chip. IOGEAR is probably the most common one. I've used this exact cable with no problems: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812107906
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Back in the day on the cheap I ran an eeepc 701 on stock Xandros linux with MegaTunix, and later megatune.

These days I use a '09 vintage macbook pro. The screen is nice and bright to see with the top down.
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I use my 15" retina macbook pro. It doesn't need that much power, but it's convenient to have all the ECU stuff on the same laptop I use to do everything else.

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I use my 15" retina macbook pro. It doesn't need that much power, but it's convenient to have all the ECU stuff on the same laptop I use to do everything else.<br />
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I have a dell e5510 because it has a serial port. My understanding is that this is the last main stream laptop to be produced with one. My other laptops over USB have always had issues keeping a stable connection.
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