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Upgrade the vinyl cutter/sublimation printer computer #1001

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goatchurchprime opened this Issue Dec 11, 2018 · 10 comments

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goatchurchprime commented Dec 11, 2018

This is waaaaay too slow and unresponsive. Even the browser keeps crashing and the ethernet card is broken (so it uses a wifi dongle).

It's not in a state where we can select cut vinyl icons for visitors in a reasonable time.

(Assigned to @MatthewCroughan who worked wonders with the CNC machine, and one of those boxes could be recycled to this job, perhaps.)

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johnmckerrell commented Dec 11, 2018

Feels like a duplicate of #990

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MatthewCroughan commented Dec 11, 2018

Agreed @johnmckerrell, the next upgrade should be one that revamps the entire setup rather than redundantly using an overpowered machine for the job.

All we need is a raspberry pi and some time. Not to have a needlessly bulky machine for this job.

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ajlennon commented Dec 11, 2018

Why don't you get the RPi going @MatthewCroughan and when you're done we can compare the two side by side and decide what is best?

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MatthewCroughan commented Dec 11, 2018

@ajlennon I'll get it going maybe tonight, the reason for not going ahead with it is included in #990.

Mainly that I don't want to nuke the existing setup overnight like I did with the CNC room since it is so readily used. I'll experiment lots with wine on a pi to see if it's possible to use the existing software too.

Do you have a spare pi I can get going with?

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ajlennon commented Dec 11, 2018

Nothing spare at the moment.

For me it would be a "really bad"(tm) idea to change what is currently working (badly) without having a better solution in place that is agreed upon...

So that's why I suggest you "show us the code" :)

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MatthewCroughan commented Dec 11, 2018

@ajlennon I'd be using other people's code. It's just software configuration, I'm not replacing anything overnight as I stressed in #990

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ajlennon commented Dec 11, 2018

Yeah - easy job :) Give me a shout when you have it working!

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ajlennon commented Dec 11, 2018

But I'll emphasise that for me I hope you'll get it all working and show it around before you replace what is currently there?

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MatthewCroughan commented Dec 11, 2018

"There is no interest in removing the old setup immediately, but I am interested in getting it to work in a way that replicates what we currently have set up and then phasing the old aging system out. Anything that breaks the user experience, or even modifies it in a way that people are uncomfortable with is a no-go."

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ajlennon commented Dec 11, 2018

Great - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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