To start I called upon our resident guru for Signal Logic - Brendan Dennis, I wanted Brendan to run me through the basics of logic and also how to implement it too. Brendan suggested that I needed to upgrade to the latest version of JMRI as I was having a few issues installing one section and we wanted to eliminate the issue being something that could be resolved with an update.
This is what caused a small hiccup with progressing forward and also the reason for no posts for a few weeks (with a school holiday vacation in there too) and a halt to the programming. My +10 year old desktop PC was that old and out of date that I couldn't update to Windows 10 (hardware issue) which was required to run the latest version 8 of Java, which was required for JMRI & Panel Pro... What a cascading effect!
So I began exploring options for replacing the layouts desktop. It is still running fine on XP with the original hard drive too. However being so out of date I could barely get onto the internet from it because most of the software & browsers were no longer supported either without upgrading to Windows 10.
I looker at prices for desktops and wasn't really happy with some of the pricing so I researched a little further afield which took me in the direction of looking into laptops. The idea was based around them being the same price as a desktop and some having better specifications too, the other factor was portability.
It turned out to be a great move, as I now have the ability to do layout programming in the house, well anywhere for that matter. I am no longer tied to the layout to do any logic, signalling and or detection work.
I have the ability to run both layout monitors, the NCE DCC Command System and the Standalone Digitrax LocoNet too.