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Minimum computer specs for buying a used computer

asked 2015-04-25 16:36:35 -0500

Dynamitetalks gravatar image

So I tried to setup my laptop for school work to dual boot windows and linux only to nearly fuck it up due to windows 8 complicating everything, so I've decided not to take the risk and instead by a cheap used laptop.

maximum price is $80 (Im from Denmark, so please do not send me offers) so ofcause the laptop will not be great, but what is the minimum requirements for running linux and ROS?

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answered 2015-04-25 17:12:30 -0500

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The core ROS libraries will run on just about anything, particularly if it can run Ubuntu.

Which packages you want to use and what you want to do with your robot will have a much more significant impact on the CPU and memory requirements.

As suggested elsewhere ( , and ), look for a laptop with an Nvidia graphics card.

Given your extremely limited budget, just buy the most powerful laptop you can, and hope it's enough.

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answered 2015-04-26 03:03:42 -0500

Dynamitetalks gravatar image

Thanks! I've decided to see if I can boot ubuntu from an USB pen instead and use that. have anyone had problems with that before? Is that a sustainable solution?

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The Ubuntu live environment usually boots well from a USB thumb drive, but it will only be severely limited by the speed of your thumb drive. If there is a local Linux Users Group in your area, you may want to contact them and see if they can help you install Ubuntu.

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2015-04-26 03:18:44 -0500 )edit

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