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Computer models change so quickly that by the time we hear about a good selection for teleprompting, it has been replaced by another model which may or may not function identically.

We generally recommend nVidia video chipsets, and recommend avoiding the cheaper integrated Intel video chips. Users have seen some very good results with Intel HD4000+ chip sets, but be sure to defeat the hot keys which will rotate your display unexpectedly. While we have encountered some recent difficulties with ATI chip sets, other computers have performed admirably with the same video.

One thing to keep in mind is that as Windows has evolved from the evolutionary mire of MS-DOS, computer systems have become less hardware dependent, and more driver dependent. That is, two computers with the same hardware may perform entirely differently because of variations in the driver that is written to marry the hardware to the computer motherboard. All video chips will require examination of the driver control panel for the specific computer. 

TeleScript "Gold" versions will work quite well with most modern computers using Windows 7 by running in 16bit color mode. On Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, where 16bit color mode is no longer allowed, a faster display card will be required. That said, Windows 10 is MUCH faster at rendering text and most customers have had success with Windows 10. All TeleScript Software is created and compiled on a Windows 10 Pro platform with the latest SDK.

A helpful resource is the web site, Passmark.com. Benchmarks are stored for hundreds of systems and display cards. For Windows 8.1, best results will be achieved with higher ranking video cards - over 500 for 3D performance, and over 400 for 2D performance.

passmark chart

For example, from the data on the Passmark charts, you'll find the Intel HD4400 (3D-538, 2D-784) is a likely good performer with Windows 8.1. However, the Intel HD3000 (3D-308, 2D-466) is marginal. These expectations generally have been borne out in practice as well, though individual computer's design and driver quality may improve or degrade performance.

Minimum Requirements

  • Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz recommended
  • Windows Vista (SP1+), Windows 7 32/64 (Recommended), Windows 8.1 32/64, Windows 10 32/64
  • CD-ROM for installation (optional)
  • Wireless Internet recommended
  • Dedicated display adapter, 250MB Video RAM
  • 25GB HDD free space recommended
  • At least 2 free USB 2.0 ports for security key and controller

That said, here are some specific model numbers of computers that customers are using with various TeleScript teleprompting software solutions.

TOP PERFORMER - DELL E64xx series with nVidia Quadro discrete graphics.

HP

RECOMMENDED: G60-635DX with Win7 home premium 64-bit. The customer is using this computer with TeleScript AV w/Telescript USB Hand Controller.

RECOMMENDED: Pavillion dv6780 Win7 home premium 32-bit. I use one of these for testing. I have to set the video to 16bit color for smooth scrolling, however

NOT RECOMMENDED: HP Mini 311-1025NR. Our customer reports that this machine will not display full screen on the external monitor.

ASUS

ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1201N-PU17-SL 12.1-Inch Silver Netbook. This is in the Netbook class. Several customers have been using this computer (or it's close cousins) with no reports of problems.

NOT RECOMMENDED:Netbooks with nVidia Optimus. The "Optimus" switching technology leaves an artifact on the screen that is not related to vertical sync, nor to any other known source of scrolling artifacts.

NOT RECOMMENDED: Intel Integrated Graphics with Dynamic Memory. We recommend discrete graphics cards with dedicated graphics RAM. Integrated cards are designed with low battery use as a goal. Prompting computers should be similar to those selected by gamers, capable of repid rendering of graphics.

NOTE: if you've had a particularly good experience with a certain computer model, other customers would certainly appreciate the tip... or, conversely, a particularly BAD experience, the warning would be equally, or even more, appreciated.

 
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