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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 XP 2400+ System (2003 - 2012)

This system was stable and served me well for six years as my main PC. In it's later years this machine ended up being occasionally used for testing the performance of routes on slower hardware, and for Linux testing. Sadly it is no longer with us. It was used for the development of the following BVE 2 and 4 add-ons:

- Birmingham Cross-City South v1.2 - v1.31
- Watford Junction to Rugby


The system in use:

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AMD Athlon XP 2400+ [Thoroughbred-B @ 2.0GHz]

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2010
Aggregate Arithmetic Performance: 4.4 GOPS
Dhrystone ALU: 5.65 GIPS
Whetstone iSSE3: 3.17 GFLOPS
ASUS A7V8X Gold Rev. 1.04 [VIA KT400 Northbridge, VIA VT8235 Southbridge, Socket A, ATX form factor]
1.00GB PC2100 DDR-SDRAM [2.5-3-3-7 timings] (Originally 256MB)
Creative nVIDIA GeForce3 Ti200 64MB [AGP 8x] (Up until 2004)
Sapphire ATi Radeon 9600XT 128MB DDR [AGP 8x] (2004-2008)
XFX nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT 128MB DDR3 [AGP 8x] (2008-2016)
On-board Realtek ALC650 audio
Internal Storage:
Maxtor 5T020H2 Diamond Max Plus Ultra ATA/100 20.4GB
Optical Storage:
Samsung SH-S223L/RSMS 22x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, x12 RAM w. Lightscribe (SATA, Firmware v. SB02)
Creative CD-RW Drive
Iiyama Vision Master 1402 17" CRT
Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Keyboard
CH Virtual Pilot Pro
TV Card:
Hauppauge WinTV HVR1300 MCE Digital/Analogue PCI card
Generic ATX Case (Tower)
Power Supply:
Generic 550W ATX PSU
Internet and LAN:
Onboard Broadcom 4401 Fast Ethernet Controller (10/100 Mbps)
Creative Modem Blaster v.92 PCI
Operating System(s):
Windows 98 Second Edition (MS-DOS 7.10)
Windows XP Home Edition
Ubuntu 10.04

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Content last updated: 10th April 2019