Just about to finish my assembly and looking into computer options to feed into the X-Carve. What is everyone using to drive their machines? Any successful tablet options? Any operating system(s) more successful than others? Anybody set up remote access to monitor jobs?
I picked up a Dell Inspiron Micro Desktop to run my X-Carve when it comes. The computer is supposed to arrive today, as a matter of fact. I plan on adding one of these as temp storage - SanDisk UltraFit 128GB USB 3 micro drive - to offset the small SSD. Coupled with a cheap 32" TV and a VESA mounting arm, I should be able to keep most of this system on the wall and not taking up any bench space. Hopefully, everything should work just fine when it’s my turn to fire up my X-Carve.
I bought a Gigabyte Brix to use solely to run the x-carve. I also have Team Viewer installed so I can remote in to the computer if I want to go back to my design computer and work I can monitor it’s progress and pause or stop the program if needed. I also have a camera that I can watch what is going on.
I bought a super cheap refurb laptop on woot.com for about $100. Works great for the x-carve. I even got it to run v-carve desktop, inkscape, and a few other things too. Oddly, it works better than any of the other computers in my house right now…
I found that used servers go very cheap and are super reliable. I bought a 1 U server with dual quad core processors and 24 gig of RAM for $150. It is a bit overkill for running the X-Carve but it is reliable. I mounted it just under the table and positively pressured the enclosure it keep away the dust.
I use 3 different computers so it depends on what i am doing but all 3 have been used on the xcarve at some point.
Currently using a alienware laptop with win 7. The other 2 are computers built from salvaged parts one with win 10 and the other running dual boot with 2 different distros of linux. The have all worked fine with the xcarve.
Here’s a quick shot of the little micro Dell velcro’ed to the back of a cheap 32" TV I’m using as my monitor. I still need to clean up wires and plug in the wireless keyboard/mouse - but it should make for a very clutter-free installation when done.
Would a chromebook work for running an xcarve? I am looking into options as well. I am hoping for something cheap in the laptop department so I don’t have to deal with monitor, mouse, keyboard all separately. Preferably it would be something that is cool enough to not need a fan.