Medmont Studio 5 Base Requirements
Base Recommendations
CPU: Pentium 4 2.8 GHz; (Core 2 Duo processor or better recommended)
Mainboard: Intel chipset; (Genuine Intel motherboard recommended)
Hard drive: 10GB or more
File System: NTFS file system (default on all modern windows operating systems)
RAM: 2GB recommend for XP
3GB recommend for Vista / Windows 7 (32bit)
4GB recommended for Vista x64 / Windows 7 x64 (64bit)
Optical Drive: CD-ROM required for disc based installation.
2 free USB 2.0 ports
Video: A standalone high performance video card with dedicated video memory is
Failure to use a suitably powerful video card will lead to error messages, an
inability to initialize the E300, and system freezes / crashes when attempting to
Shared memory refers to when a portion of the system memory is allocated (or
“shared”) with the video card/chipset.
Specific Modern Chipsets That Should Be Ok:
Nvidia GeForce 7000 series or greater
Ati X600 series or greater
Medmont Studio 5 Base Requirements
Do NOT Use:
Anything with an integrated video chipset.
Anything that uses shared memory.
Anything that uses Ati HyperMemory
Anything that uses Nvidia TurboCache
Anything that describes memory using two numbers
e.g. “Nvidia 6200 SE 128MB (32MB)”
Avoid chipsets described with HM, SE, LE, GS designations
Do NOT Use These Specific Chipsets Known To Be Problematic
Intel GMA X3100, GMA3500, GMA4500
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator series
Intel Extreme Graphics series
Nvidia GeForce 9300 GS
Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS / 8500 GT
Nvidia GeForce 7500 LE
Nvidia GeForce 7100 GS / 7200 GS / 7300 GS /7300 LE
Nvidia GeForce 6200 TC / 6200 SE
Ati Radeon X1650 w/ Hypermemory series
Ati Radeon X1300 w/ Hypermemory series
Ati Radeon X300 SE
Ati Radeon X550 256MB
Ati Radeon X600 SE 256MB / X600 512MB
Ati Radeon X700 SE 512MB
Ati Radeon Xpress 1100 series
Ati Radeon Xpress 200 series
Supported Operating Systems:
IMPORTANT: Medmont cannot guarantee compatibility of your third party devices with your
chosen operating system. In particular windows 7 or any 64 bit operating system. Please check
with your equipment manufacturer before purchasing any operating system.
Windows XP Professional (32 bit editions only)
Windows Vista Business / Enterprise / Ultimate (32 bit & 64 bit editions)
Windows 7 Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate (32 bit & 64 bit editions)
Windows Server 2003 (32 bit and 64 bit editions)
Windows Server 2008 (32 bit and 64 bit editions)
Windows Server 2008 Foundation edition is not supported.
Windows Home editions are not officially supported (But in our experience tend to work
just fine.)
Medmont Studio does not officially support virtualization or remote desktop
services/terminal services. The license dongle has known issues with virtualization
solutions. Remote desktop performance tends to be poor due to the graphical imaging
in Medmont Studio.
Medmont Studio 5 Base Requirements
For the Latest Medmont Studio Software, please refer to the Medmont Website: SUPPORT,
Software Updates under the Medmont Studio Support section.
(1)W18 Video Converter Upgrade Kit required if the perimeter that will be attached has a
serial number less than M714719. Please contact Medmont International or one of its
authorised distributors if you require this upgrade kit.
Medmont Studio will not be supported if running in a virtualized environment or terminal
Novell networks and network storage devices are not tested or recommended.
All Microsoft Operating Systems should have the latest service pack installed.
Medmont Studio 5 - E300 Topographer – Special Notes
USB Converter Box – If you are working with a newer Topographer, or acquiring a brand
new Topographer it will connect to the PC via a USB Convertor box.
We have experienced a number of issues with the USB ports many computers (both
desktops and laptops) are equipped with. If the USB converter box doesn't work
reliably plugged directly into the computers USB ports, we have had a lot of success
overcoming the issues by introducing a high quality powered USB hub between the
computer and the topographer.
USB – We recommend connecting the E300 Converter Box directly to the rear USB
ports, without any intervening splitters or unpowered hubs. We recommend avoiding
the front ports on many cases. They are frequently unable to deliver the same quality
signal as the rear ports. (due to the often unshielded wiring used to attach them to the
main board.)
Leutron Vision Picport – If you are upgrading from v4 and have an older Topographer
it will connect to the PC via a Leutron Vision Picport video capture card. You will require
a full height PCI slot to accommodate this card. We strongly recommend the PC form
factor be a mid-tower.
You can also optionally purchase a USB converter upgrade kit for your topographer.
But unless your leutron card is defective or you wish to use a laptop which cannot
accommodate the leutron card there is no particular advantage to purchasing this
upgrade kit at this time.
Motherboard: We have had some unexplained and unresolved issues running on
systems from HP. We currently recommend avoiding HP when making a purchase
specifically to host a Medmont E300 topographer.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor recommended.
Medmont Studio 5 Base Requirements
RAM: 2GB Recommended for Windows XP
4GB recommend for Windows Vista / Windows 7
NOTE: that the latest version of Medmont Studio 4 ( must be used on
systems with 3GB or more of system memory (RAM). Medmont Studio 5 is not
affected by this limitation.
Hard Disk: 250GB or higher recommended.
CDROM: A CDROM drive will be useful to load the software and calibration files. We
recommend a DVD-RW for maximum flexibility (backups, etc)
USB: 2 available USB2.0 ports minimum (1 for the license key dongle, 1 for the
Medmont USB Converter box). We recommend a system with several USB2.0 ports.
1 available half-length full-height PCI slot for Leutron Vision PicPort Color capture card
(the E300 topographer). Small form factor cases often do not have enough room. A
mid-tower case is usually preferable.
Audio: Audio support is not required.
Floppy Drive: A floppy drive is no longer required for Medmont Studio. (However it was
previously required to load calibration files. If you have an older instrument that shipped
with calibration data on floppy you may want to select a floppy drive (or copy that file to
CD or USB-flash on a suitably equipped computer.)
Case and Power Supply: A small mid-tower case is recommended, especially for older
topographers that require the video capture card installed on a PCI slot.
We recommend using high quality power supplies. A poor power supply can be
responsible for all kinds of intermittent and difficult to troubleshoot issues.
Also consider ventilation requirements; do not plan to store the PC inside a cupboard
or other poorly ventilated area. We have encountered system issues related to
overheating in those circumstances.
Running Medmont Studio with the E300 Topographer on Laptops: The new
Medmont USB Convertor box for E300 Topographers can be used with a laptop. The
general system requirements for laptops is the same. We recommend selecting
performance oriented brand name laptops with graphics accelerators for best results.
If you have an older topographer that connects via the Leutron Vision Picport that you
wish to use with a laptop, the recommend solution is to upgrade to Medmont Studio
version 5.0 and purchase a USB converter upgrade kit for the topographer.
Medmont Studio 5 Base Requirements
Medmont Studio 5 with an M700 Perimeter – Notes
This applies to systems that will host an M700 Perimeter. Compared to the E300, the
hardware requirements for the M700 are much less particular.
We recommend a machine per the base recommendations; but nearly any modern PC
should be fine.
A camera upgrade kit is required to make M700 Perimeters with serial numbers
lower than M714719 compatible with Vista / Windows 7 32bit and 64bit computers.
Video: 24-bit VGA capable chipset.
The M700 is much more forgiving than the E300, and you shouldn't have any problems
with any modern video solution, including integrated video solutions.
Audio – The M700 component does have audio feedback. Basic integrated audio and
The speakers built into some monitors is an ideal solution.
USB – 2 USB 2.0 slots. A newer M700 connects via USB. And a 2nd port for the
license dongle. We recommend connecting the M700 directly to the rear USB ports,
without any intervening splitters or hubs. We recommend avoiding the front ports on
many cases. They are frequently unable to deliver the same quality signal as the rear
ports. (due to the often unshielded wiring used to attach them to the main board.)
Case – Power Supply – Because there is no PCI requirement any case is acceptable.
Again we recommend good quality Power Supplies.
Serial Port – (legacy perimeters only) If you have an older M700 that connects via a
Serial port, you will require a serial port, or USB->Serial adapter. We recommend.
Avoiding adapters as much as possible, and installing a serial port.
Medmont Studio 5 – Network Server – Special Notes
For systems that will host Medmont Databases over the network, but not have any
instruments attached. We recommend a PC that meets the base recommendations.
Note that a USB port is required for the license dongle. This has proven to be
incompatible with a number of virtualization solutions.
Medmont Studio 5 – Network Client – Special Notes
For systems that will run Medmont Studio as a review station connecting to a network
server, without any instruments attached; most modern PCs that meet the base
specifications are fine.
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