My laptop isn’t eligible to download RobotC (I have a Chromebook) so I was wondering if there are any ways to access it online or be able to have it work with my computer. (Not illegal of course!)
Set up a server (or “server” as it may be) and use some sort of remote desktop connection.
Or, if you just need to code and don’t need to compile and download, find a text editor to your liking.
Maybe get on another teammate’s windows computer.
You can buy a (very cheap) Windows laptop for $100 or less.
True. RobotC doesn’t require any processing power. I’d really recommend it has Windows 10. Whatever you do, don’t get Windows XP. You could even trade in your chromebook. Look for used deals.
Edit Yes, RobotC does require SOME processing power, but I mean come on, you could get away with a 6th gen i3 and integrated graphics.
As of last time I used it (admittedly not recently), some parts of RobotC (program download, debugger launch) would run horribly slowly on anything less than a decent semi-modern processor.
To expand on the system requirements:
The system must run Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10. Any other OS will be not only unsupported but also likely to not work properly or at all
Note I didn’t mention gen 4 processors…
If you enable dev mode you can use pros on a chromebook.
You can’t download RobotC onto a Chromebook because Chromebooks don’t run .exe files
You could install Linux on your Chromebook and use PROS
Chromebooks are Linux based, which means they can install WINE and run .exe files.
I had RobotC running on my Chromebook. You need to enable developer mode and Crouton (or another Linux OS). Then install WINE, then download and install RobotC normally. The biggest downside is that you can’t install the drivers to download to the robot (but you can still compile fine).
I really don’t see the point of chromebooks. Half of them are the same price of comparable Windows machines, but can’t do squat besides google docs and asphalt 8.
Which is perfect for schools and other similar organizations, from whom I assume the ChromeBooks in question are acquired. Not to mention that administering hundreds of ChromeBooks is actually really easy when compared to administering hundreds of Windows machines- the nice admin portal supports provisioning with minimal effort and hooks into G Suite accounts (which are usually already set up, versus Active Directory and Deep Freeze, etc. Also I’m pretty sure there are grants for school districts who adopt technologies like that.
Can you not download to the robot using the programming kit?
Yeah, but you’d figure he/she would have a real PC or Mac handy at home. I totally get the school piece of it, but I could not imagine running one as my main laptop.
If you are a Linux junkie, you can get a nice piece of hardware at a reasonable price and not suffer with Windows bloat. Windows in Malware.
Unless you’re like me and other windows junkies, and delete malware and bloatware…
I believe @blatwell is making a more fundamental claim. I think he means Windows is the bloatware. Beyond that, if you intend to run Linux, then buying a chromebook is one way to get a machine without paying a windows license fee. That’s my understanding of his position.
I’ve run RobotC on a 8-year-old MacBook with a Core 2 Duo and Windows Vista (This was back when you had to pay for RobotC, so the license was worth more than the computer it ran on…) and it was not too bad.
You don’t have to buy a new Windows PC, it runs on old enough computers that you might be able to have someone give you their old laptop to use for RobotC. If not, you can probably find something like a Latitude D630 for around $40
you don’t even need to enable dev mode to run windows apps on a chromebook, codeweavers.com/products/crossover-chromeos
This is of course if your Chromebook has an intel processor, otherwise you’re completely out of luck unless you go with pros.
Nope, you need drivers which aren’t available for Linux (at least for my HP 11 G5)