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I am thinking of getting a computrainer but am wondering about how will it works with new computers and what about serial adapters for usb? Does anyone use it over the web to race people?
 

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I'm running mine on a Pentium 4 1.5 ghz with Windows ME, 512 mb ram, 64 mb video. Works perfectly fine. In fact, I can run the progam and watch a TdF DVD at the same time on that computer.

No issues with serial to USB adapter.

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Never used it to race directly. You must have a dial up modem, which connects directly to the other user. It's not internet based. I asked the company about this, and no plans to change.

An alternative I have done a bit, though, is to record a race and then email that file to someone, who can then race against your saved performance (and they can email one to you, etc). Works reasonably well, although the latter person always has a slight advantage.

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I don't have one myself, but I have a few friends that have the PRO model that think that you need a "dedicated" computer for it. With a normal home computer that is stuffed with programs, they seem to have quite a few conflicts with the Computrainer software. (constant crashing)
Because of the old software it uses, you need a 16Meg video card to run it. I'm not sure about USB compatability. I was told that you need a computer with two serial ports to run head to head workouts.
It's good training, but I'm not sure if it's worth the cost of the unit and the cost of a dedicated computer. (After all, does your wife want you to work out in the computer room, and leave a two foot puddle of sweat on the floor?)(I'm sure that she'll love the smell)
 

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buying a computer too

My wife is the one that was talking about getting on before next winter! And we both use macs so yes I will be buying a 500$ computer to run it only. I will if I wait get two units but I want to know if a new software package is on the way as I have heard.
 

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I'm not sure if a $500 computer will run it. Most $500 computers have integrated video cards. I'm not sure if that have the 16Meg that Computrainer needs. Do they have two serial ports ? (One for each rider) I was told that the program doesn't run the best on XP.
 

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andy02 said:
My wife is the one that was talking about getting on before next winter! And we both use macs so yes I will be buying a 500$ computer to run it only. I will if I wait get two units but I want to know if a new software package is on the way as I have heard.
Keep in mind that today's $500 computer is probably better than a $3000 computer that is 4 years old. Just make sure you have a good video card, with more memory the better; I'm no expert, but I would avoid the ones that used shared main memory.

I have never had a single program glitch while running mine, and I have tons of other programs on the computer. Heck, I run mp3's, Excel, and DVD's while running the CT program in 3d mode, and no problem. Of course, YMMV -- computers can be very finicky.

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andy02 said:
My wife is the one that was talking about getting on before next winter! And we both use macs so yes I will be buying a 500$ computer to run it only. I will if I wait get two units but I want to know if a new software package is on the way as I have heard.
You will be fine. You might want to make sure that the computer that you get has a serial port. I bought a serial to usb adapter and I was unable to get it to work. I have to admit that I didn't try that hard, but it didn't recognize it. It did when I connected it the serial port. I've had my computrainer for about a month. I usually can't sit on a trainer for more than 30 minutes, just because I get bored. Since I've had the CT I have been able to spend almost 2 hours on it. The constant feedback is what does it for me. I have the pro model. The trial version of the coaching software is pretty cool. I have used the anaerobic threshold test a couple of times. I haven't decided if it's worth it yet or not. Dougsloan, what do you think?

I was wondering if it was going to be worth the money. So far I have been really pleased with the investment.
 
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