Rent IT have recently undertaken the testing and repair of a number of ROV control PC’s owned by M2 Subsea. Not only are these PCs required to run 24/7, the application software is required to run on Windows XP 32 bit. Practically all newer chipsets from Intel and AMD do not have Windows XP drivers hence finding suitable (and reliable) hardware from the motherboard up was a real problem. As our engineers, have been through the Microsoft OS upgrades from Windows 3.1 through to the present Windows 10, the challenge was successfully covered with compatible motherboards, processors, and graphics cards sourced. Windows XP was then rolled out onto the new platform and with a few registry tweaks for networking and a 24h hour soak test the PCs are now back offshore successfully controlling Triton ROVs.
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