Märklin Digital Model Train Control (2)
Final part: software, construction and operation
The SoftwareIn addition to this circuit, a PC is necessary onto which the requisite Windows program needs to be installed. Continuing in the spirit of simplicity, manual controls are not provided. The system requirements have been kept to a minimum. Practically any PC should be capable of performing the task. This applies also to the minimum required version of Windows. The time-honoured Windows 3.1x meets the needs admirably. In addition, provision has been made to make keyboard operation possible. Experience shows that, once familiar with the keystrokes, this method of operation is extraordinarily convenient and fast.
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