MagSurvey runs on
PC's using any recent Microsoft Windows operating system --
including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Since
real-time 3D graphics require considerable processing power, the
processor should have an operating speed of 750 MHz or higher. The
PC must have a resolution of at least 1024 by 768 pixels
(sometimes called XGA). MagSurvey Setup offers a wide-screen
setting that runs at 1280 x 768, and this setting would be
preferred for touch-screen operations.
land surveys, consider a Tablet PC, such as those available from
Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, HP/Compaq, Microsoft, Motion Computing,
Toshiba, ViewSonic, and others. In order to reduce magnetic
interaction, PC's incorporating a solid state hard drive instead
of a magnetic hard drive would be preferred for land surveys.
The PC must either
have two serial communications ports available to make external
connections to the GPS and magnetometer, or one or two USB ports
with appropriate RS232-USB adapters. Most computers will need to
have at least one serial port added, using either a RS232-to-USB
adapter, a PCMCIA (PC-Card) serial port module, or an external
docking station having a second serial port. PC's can often
use a dual RS232-to-single USB adapter. BlueTooth
communications that emulate serial ports can also be used if your
magnetometer and/or GPS support this communications method (small
BlueTooth dongles are available for the PC, if not already
If audio alarms are
desired, a speaker or headphone will be required. The sound-system
components also allow audible operator cues to be heard.
demanding of computer resources -- it is recommended that the user
not allow other software to run during surveying operations.
Disable sleep modes for the computer and video display when
running surveys with MagSurvey (PC control panel Power Options).
Hard-drive sleep modes are permissible, since the hard drive is
only used for software installation, storage of survey data, and
reloading of prior surveys.
Donald O. Land
8117A Northboro Ct, West Palm Beach, FL 33406