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HaydenBarca

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How to get cheap laptops, install fresh Win10, install DirectX9, and get Artemis running (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cheap).

After hitting my family up for their old laptops, I was looking for a good supply of inexpensive laptops that I could use to make a bridge.  I'm not looking for high production value, so I'm less concerned with uniformity, touch screens, or features like this -- I'm basically looking for least-cost at this point.  I did decide on laptops for cheap reasons (it already has a keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc.) as well as portability (for planning a LARP at our local pan-gaming con, Strategicon).

I looked at the usual suspect shopping locations (Amazon, NewEgg, Overstock, Craigslist, etc.), but nothing was especially cheap like I was hoping for ($300 might be a good price for a laptop, but not for a bridge).  But then I happened upon Goodwill Online.  They have an eBay-style marketplace for everything, including old laptops.  It took a bit of auction watching, creative searching, and reading the descriptions carefully, but it paid off.  I ordered two older laptops and got them up and running for Artemis, taking notes along the way in case anyone else wanted a trail of breadcrumbs (I think I got a little carried away with the detail, but it was as much for me to repeat as it was for others to follow).  Between the laptops, shipping, and a replacement power supply (one didn't come with one), it cost me $63 for two laptops (one with Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz Processor & 4GB DDR2 RAM; another with AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-58 1.9 GHz Processor & 2GB DDR2 RAM).  With careful shopping you should be able to get fully-functioning ones for $25-35 each.

In case this is helpful for anyone, the full instructions are attached (so the links and formatting survive).

After combining with a joystick, some cheap wireless mice for stations that need fast clicking, my custom keypad controls, and budget plug&play DMX, I've got a nice little bridge for not a lot of money.  I still look at envy at the folks building the high-production-value set-ups, but I'm happy I was able to make this entry-level set-up work (and maybe show others a way to start off).

 
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HaydenBarca

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I know there's a lot of doubt about Win10 for Artemis, but after some research, I found out how to install DirectX9c on Win10 so it doesn't have to emulate it.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/games_windows_10/directx-9-on-windows-10/7b7cec82-4a6d-4bb8-b7a5-3889aae764c1

I mainly went with Win10 because it's easiest to create install media for and it's support won't sunset in the next year or so (RIP Win7).  Plus when Artemis 3 comes out with support for more advanced DirectX I'll be ready.

I've not run passmarks or anything, but after doing this I got Artemis running smoothly, even for fighter stations.
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This is great advice, HaydenBarca.....now the rest of you bugger off! while I win some auctions 😉
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I know there's a lot of doubt about Win10 for Artemis, but after some research, I found out how to install DirectX9c on Win10 so it doesn't have to emulate it.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/games_windows_10/directx-9-on-windows-10/7b7cec82-4a6d-4bb8-b7a5-3889aae764c1

I mainly went with Win10 because it's easiest to create install media for and it's support won't sunset in the next year or so (RIP Win7).  Plus when Artemis 3 comes out with support for more advanced DirectX I'll be ready.

I've not run passmarks or anything, but after doing this I got Artemis running smoothly, even for fighter stations.



Good info!

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Sounds like a guy could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas!  {Since NoseyNick used the No Fighting in the War Room elsewhere in these fora}. 
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