I’m coming to the conclusion that the laptop we have hooked up to the school’s Mini may be just too ancient/slow/unreliable to run their Mini and Cura software. I’m debating getting them a newer inexpensive laptop. Even the lowest end (+/-$200) models out there are quite a leap up from what they are using now.
Can anyone tell me if an Intel Celeron processor (entry-level, dual core) running windows 10 is enough to run this reliably? I can find one of these pretty cheap - around $200, with a decent size hard drive and 4 GB RAM. Should we be looking at an even bigger step up than that? It won’t be used for much else. They do their design work in TinkerCad, mainly on ChromeBooks, then access the saved files over the network and load into Cura on the laptop connected to the Mini.
[Edit] Another thought: we do have an old USB camera. It might be nice if the laptop could also handle running that for some time-lapse photos of the print in progress, or perhaps for live monitoring of the print. Is either of those going to add much of a load, requiring a better laptop? We could live without the live remote monitoring. There is usually no shortage of kids watching it print.
We may also be looking for an inexpensive UPS. We don’t need something fancy, and we’re not trying to make it through long power outages, just something to get us through the occasional flicker.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.