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Unread 09-15-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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WTB: Cheap laptop for megasquirt

I seem to have bad luck with laptops, and have now, broken yet another. I am currently laptop-less.

I need a laptop to fit the following requirements:

-Cheap (<$50)
-at least a 200mhz processor, and 48mb of ram.
-Either have a serial port, or a free PCMCIA slot.
-Needs to have a CD-rom
-Needs to have a power adapter
-Needs to be located in or around Calgary. I don't feel like driving to E-town.

I could care less about battery condition, visual appearance, etc. As long as I can type on it, read the screen, and run my tuning software. So, if you have an old clunker kicking around that you want gone, I can take it from you.
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Unread 09-16-2008, 06:48 PM   #2
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I have an old laptop around. I don't know if it meets requirements. It's in Edmonton, but if it meets requirements, it's yours free.
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rob, have you used megasquirt before?
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rob, have you used megasquirt before?
yes. Had it installed briefly on my 1JZ.
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i'm surprised you liked it.
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Unread 09-21-2008, 08:21 AM   #6
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What's wrong with megasquirt?
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What's wrong with megasquirt?
Reg doesn't like it.
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Reg doesn't like it.
Oh... So I guess we all shouldn't.

Reg can't make any money off MS.
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Oh... So I guess we all shouldn't.

Reg can't make any money off MS.

we've tuned lots of MS cars.

i personally think it's a horrible system. but to each his own.

i guess what really matters is who's tuning the car, and which system they prefer tuning with.

how much power are you aiming for rob?
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we've tuned lots of MS cars.

i personally think it's a horrible system. but to each his own.

i guess what really matters is who's tuning the car, and which system they prefer tuning with.

how much power are you aiming for rob?
The MS in question is for his '86 Yota Truck, which makes an astonishing 135 hp stock. I can't imagine he's shooting for an ultimate driving machine. (Get it? Like a BMW?)

I also wonder if Reg has tuned anything equipped with an MSII, because that processor is quite capable. The only thing he ever whined to me about when it came to MS was that it didn't have the resolution to accurately tune a high performance engine. (Which, I might add, there is significant evidence and examples to the contrary.)

You personally think it's a horrible system - How long have you worked for Reg, anyways, and really, how much time have you spent using it, or reading about it? How many MS-equipped vehicles have YOU tuned? I will grant that MegaTune isn't the most flashy piece of software, and it may not operate in as polished a fashion as whatever AEM/GReddy/HKS/Motec have designed, but keep these simple facts in mind:

1) If an expensive aftermarket standalone does it, MS can, in theory, do it as well.
2) The software written for MS is available free of charge, in both compiled and source forms - this makes it infinitely expandable, especially in conjunction with
3) The people who have built and installed MegaSquirt in their cars are technically competent, and likely well-versed in either electronics or computers. As such, most of us don't need fancy tuning software that we would call 'over-engineered.' MegaTune does what needs to be done, and it does it effectively, and most of all, we know and understand exactly what it is doing any how it works. In the situation where one is tuning their car for performance, I thought that was the ultimate goal - control over and understanding of what your motor is doing.
4) MegaSquirt is a fully functional, very capable standalone engine management system that is available for ~$500 in kit form. Can you even buy an EBC made by HKS or GReddy for that much?

Just some food for thought.

I'm going to go try to fix my P166 laptop today.
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