Bailine PC Specifications

Give this information to those helping you with the PC setup.
(Or you can give them this link: www.bailine.com/pc)

The office computer

You need a computer for Internet and office tasks, and one for the Bailine program.

For the office tasks you can use any computer running Windows or Linux with an internet connection and a virus canner. There is no particular requirement to the computer or to the connection as long as the computer can be used in a sensible way.

In addition you need a computer to control the Bailine simulators. Or you can use the same computer for both office and Bailine tasks by installing the Bailine program on a separate hard disk partition. However in that case you will not be able to run the Bailine program at the same time as the office programs.

The Bailine computer

You need a computer with a printer to control the Bailine simulators.

You need to get a computer with a motherboard with built in legacy serial and parallel ports.
If you can not locate such a computer you need to get someone to build such a computer for you, or you can order a Bailine ready computer from a third party or Bailine HQ.

Note that new motherboards with legacy ports are readily available from all major online computer shops, while prebuilt computers seldom have these kinds of ports.

Desktop computer (Pentium compatible, OS is optional, see 1)
with a PnP-compatible BIOS (UEFI or legacy) that supports memory sticks.

  • Legacy parallel and serial port on the motherboard, see 2)
  • An external CD/DVD or FD drive may simplify installing and backups see 3)
  • One available PCI slot for a Bailine simulator card, see 4)
  • Bailine dongle, see 5)
  • Printer (Parallell/PCL/DOS-compatible) and parallel cable, see 6)
  • Some sort of backup media, eg. USB memory sticks, see 7)
  • No particular requirements on monitor, CPU, RAM, HD, see 8)

Note 1) The computer must have a BIOS that supports PnP and the use of a memory stick. To get USB sticks to work from DOS you usually have to have the stick inserted into the computer before you turn the computer, Most if not all computers supports this but in some cases you may have to change options in the BIOS. (Click here for more information.) A UEFI BIOS must usually be switched to operate in legacy mode. (All UEFI motherboards supports legacy mode per 2014.)

Note 2) Motherboard with BUILT IN parallel and serial port. While it is possible to add these ports using a PCI card with the same ports the latter is tricky and will NOT always work. Some cards need DOS drivers or a SETUP program. Click here for information on using a Sunsway/ST Lab card.

Note 3) You need a memory stick, or a writable cd/dvd, or an external floppy disk drive,
to transfer backups to another computer if you are not installing Windows next to DOS.

Note 4) The free PCI card slot is to be used for a special multi port card supplied by Bailine.

Note 5) You need a Bailine dongle plugged into a parallel port (click here and scroll down for a picture of the dongle) in order to run the BSP program. (On a computer running Windows you
can use a Bailine USB dongle instead.)

Note 6) Click here for information on suitable printers, Note that a parallel cable should not be longer than 6 feet or 2 meters.

Note 7) You need a way to do backups. Click here for more information.

Note 8) The Bailine BSP program is a server type program capable of controlling and updating up to 64 Bailine simulators in real time. The program is CPU intensive but as it does not use any form of graphical GUI it can be run on almost any kind of hardware.

The server is run under DOS. It is simple, it does not need updating, and it never crashes!

Click here for information on how to install BSP under DOS and/or Windows.

For further information refer to www.bailine.com/faq or contact tech@bailine.com