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What software do you run on your Netbook?

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I'm looking to get a netbook to run AstroArt or Maxim DL for image capture using my DSLR (I already use BackyardEOS, but will use AA or Maxim with my DSLR as I gear up towards a mono CCD). Later I will use it to run PEMpro and guide my mount through PHD and the ASCOM driver. Do you think I am being too ambitious with a Netbook here? Would this overload the limited multitasking capabilities of a netbook? Also it would help me to run Stellarium from time-to-time, but I'm not sure of the graphics capabilities and whether I should be looking for a particular feature.

It would be really great if people using a Netbook could list the RAM, Processor, graphics specs, they are using and what software they run on it. If they could indicate which software they run simultaneously that would awesome?



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1GB, Atom, onboard

Simultaneously : EQMod, CDC, Artermis Capture (or Nebulosity,) PHD, Chrome

Also runs : Stellarium (has been known to run at same time as the above)

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IBM Lenovo X100, 1GB

Simultaneously: Cartes du Ciel, EQMOD, MaximDL (Atik16HR & QHY5 guiding),PHD (occasionally) ,Deepskystacker (for checking subs),SXfilter wheel (before Maxim grabs it), Firefox.

I've also run Stellarium and Photoshop 7 at the same time.

I also only run 1 active USB lead back to a 7 port hub, so all this is running down the 1 lead. I only bother powering the hub if I'm using the filter wheel.

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Hi Stephen, Simon,

Thanks for your replies. It seems netbooks are more capable than I thought. I was thinking they were a bit of a one trick pony at least with respect to multitasking, but it appears I am wrong.


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I used to use a Samsung NB30 with Intel Atom N450 CPU @1.66 GHz , 2G RAM and Windows 7 (suspect it would be quicker if I was running XP).

Used it to run Atik Artimis for capture and Stellarium at the same time. For planetary capture (using SharpCap or EZPlanetary or FireCapture) I wouldn't run anything else though...

I now use an older laptop for imaging running Artemis and PHD at the same time with Stellarium running sometimes too - it's actually a similar spec to the netbook.

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If you do buy a netbook, replace the hard drive with an ssd, it will massively increase performance at the same time as increasing battery life significantly

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