Hey all,

I just subscribed, looking for a bit of help if possible.... I have just
started a new job, and I'm taking over an existing design in protel99. Now
I'm very familiar with protel, however I'm getting a bunch of problems....
generally crashing out (have had the whole computer reboot on me once, and I
have had freezes, exceptions, out of range memory accesses, all the fun

Basically the computer appears totally underpowered, its a PIII600 with just
128Mb RAM. (We've just found another 128 meg stick lying about and put it in
this computer, which makes it run a bit more smoothly, but it has still
managed to crash) I'm operating on a PCB that is 6 layers and quite large.
(the PCB file is almost 8 meg) Oh, and it has an ATI video card, which I
read about in the archives... hmm... so I spoke to my boss and I'm getting a
new computer to work on, so I'm wondering what kind of specs are necessary?

My guess is I need a good FSB speed more than I need the fastest processor.
I'll need at least 512Mb of RAM. I'll need 7200rpm drive speed, for faster
sustained disk transfers, and I'll need an OK graphics card, but no need for
some super monster 3D engine....

What sort of success has everyone on the list had with their computer
ie specs vs board size? and are there any manufacturers other than ATI to
What features will help with screen redraw speed?
what features will help with DRC time? (about 15 minutes per DRC at the
How much RAM do I need to throw at the thing to stop it going to swapfiles?



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