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Development PC(s) and Network - Introduction

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This section of the website is for those with an interest in computers (both workstations and servers), networking, hardware and software. Here you can find out what systems I develop my routes on, and what components I've chosen for good performance in openBVE, BVE Trainsim or other applications. Apart from my first ever PC, I've assembled all my computer systems myself, as usually a much better computer that's suited to my needs can be built this way. You can also find out what software I use, what hardware I've developed my routes on, both currently and in the past, as well as see what kinds of add-ons I've been able to produce thanks to each new generation of hardware.

Within the Development PC(s) and Network Section:

The AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.2GHz System (2001 - 2003)

This computer was a joy when first used, stable, and a significant step up from my previous 400MHz Pentium II system in terms of performance and responsiveness, but sadly it's no longer with us. The following add-ons were developed on this machine:

- Birmingham Cross-City South v1.0
- Watford Junction to Milton Keynes Central v1.1


The system in use:

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AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.2Ghz [266Mhz FSB]
EPoX EP-8K7A [AMD-761 Northbridge, VIA VT82C686B Southbridge, Socket A, ATX form factor]
256MB PC2100 DDR-SDRAM [2.5-3-3-7 timings]
3dfx Voodoo5 5500 AGP 64MB (Up until 2002)
Creative nVIDIA GeForce3 Ti200 64MB [AGP 4x] (2002)
On-board VIA VT82C686B integrated sound
Internal Storage:
Maxtor 5T020H2 Diamond Max Plus Ultra ATA/100 20.4GB
Optical Storage:
Panasonic CR-585-B 24x IDE/ATAPI CD-ROM
Creative RW121032E CD-RW Drive
Iiyama Vision Master 1402 17" CRT @ 1152x864
Generic keyboard and mouse
CH Virtual Pilot Pro
TV Card:
Hauppauge WinTV PCI
Generic ATX Case (Tower)
Power Supply:
Generic 300W ATX PSU
Internet and LAN:
Linksys LNE100TX Etherfast 10/100 Mbps PCI NIC (v5.1)
Diamond SupraMax 56Kbps USB modem (K56flex/v.90)
Operating System(s):
Windows 98 Second Edition (MS-DOS 7.10)

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Content last updated: 10th April 2019