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Postby earthsciteach » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:37 pm

I teach 8th grade science in the US. I am trying to convince my district to purchase at least a 30 seat license. I downloaded the demo to my Macbook running OS X 10.5.8 and have been having some issues. When I run the demo, after a period of time, Algodoo freezes up then crashes. What are the computing requirements for the program? This is the most impressive software that I have seen. I'm very excited to introduce this to my students, but want to make sure we have adequate computers to utilize it.
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Re: computer requirements

Postby Chronos » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:41 pm

Think you could post the specs of your computer? It would help out a lot.
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Re: computer requirements

Postby electronicboy » Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:51 am

This is from the faq page:

Minimum system requirements:

* Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, Linux or Mac OS X 10.4
* 1 GHz CPU
* 256 MB of RAM
* Video card with 96MB of memory
* 40 MB of free hard disk space

Recommended system requirements:

* Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, Linux or Mac OS X 10.6
* 1.6 GHz CPU or better. Faster processors give faster simulations.
* 512 Mb of RAM
* Video card with 256MB of memory
* 100 MB of free hard disk space

Demo version for evaluation

If you feel uncertain about this, you should download and try the demo version of Algodoo. If the demo version works well, then the full product should also run smoothly


Nothing is stopping you trying the demo on every pc you plan to use for this software.
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Re: computer requirements

Postby earthsciteach » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:00 pm

Thanks for the info. Here are my computer specs:
Hardware Overview:

Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.1 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Boot ROM Version: MB41.00C1.B00
SMC Version (system): 1.31f0
Serial Number (system): W8827H8W0P0
Hardware UUID: 5398EE1F-3CA6-5076-AFE1-98A9BF7CE0CD
Sudden Motion Sensor:
State: Enabled

Looks like the computer surpasses the recommended requirements, yet it still crashes after a short period of time when I run Algodoo.
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Re: computer requirements

Postby electronicboy » Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:19 pm

When your running algodoo, make sure that there are no applications that us a lot of memory/cpu running in the background
Maybe try Algodoo 1.7.0 Mac.

You may have problems trying to run scenes off algobox using this old version, but since 1.7.0 there has been a noticeable drop in performance.
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Re: computer requirements

Postby Rrobba » Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:37 pm

Are you still having problems? The specs you posted seem like they should run Algodoo fine.
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