It's not a bad idea to dedicate a laptop, since adware, etc. can bring a system to a crawl. However, rather or not it is an absolute necessity probably depends largely on what hardware and software you use. For example, I've cue'ed up and run quite a few shows on my every-day laptop (email, web surfing, office apps, and, of course, development tools).hogMA said:To run a show from a laptop, you usually need to have a dedicated laptop beacuse other programs can interfere and cause problems mid show. The new Hog III PC software is available for free from http://www.flyingpig.com but in order to actually run a show from it you must by the widget which converts DMX to USB and plugs into your computer
Pick the software first. The better packages all use their own adapters. Partly as a 'key' of sorts, but largely because the low end adapters are really, really, crappy. If a search here does not turn up a lot of options to look at, you could check some other forums.nez said:
well the version of the software in that listing is limited to 36 channels so thats pretty much useless unless you plan on running it for a blackbox or just running two movers off of it...nez said:have any of you ever heard of Enttec Open DMX USB Interface + Software "Starter Pack" because that is wat i m lookin to get here it is on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/Enttec-Open-DMX-USB-Interface-Software-Starter-Pack_W0QQitemZ7403775450QQcategoryZ29942QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
FWIW, it is not just a matter of 'how many' but also 'how well'. The Enttec Open DMX dongle is a pretty poor design. For example, adapters like ours or a Hog Widget handle low level DMX framing and refresh directly - the Enttec Open DMX dongle not only does not handle this, it doesn't even put the operations in a device driver, but instead leaves it up to the application.nez said:well 36 channels would give me 36 individual lights or say 74 lights double up so that is probly all i will need at the moment
I'm sorry you feel that way. I do always make it clear that I'm biased and I always try to back things up with verifiable facts.AVGuyAndy said:I like your advertising methods.
o believe me i know we have 3 of them at my school aud ahahahsoundman1024 said:Do you intend to buy for now or later?
If you are buying for the future and cost isn't that much of an issue I would choose the widget for the HogIIIPC with hesitation. In addition to offering 512 channels on the widget one can add more widgets. Though you may not see the need for 100 channels now there may be potential for several in the future. Moving lights eat up channels faster than you would imagine.