I'll be using deep-cycle leisure batteries, which are better suited to the job than standard car batteries. But even so, the problem is that the amount of power I store in the batteries is dependent on the limited amount of solar panel space I have. After measuring it all up, I was lucky to get 150W of solar space through use of 1x 100W panel and 1x 50W panel
Unfortunately, 150W isn't much at all, especially when you consider that in the UK, the weather isn't as solar-friendly as, say, Mark gets in Spain. On top of that, there's wasted energy to consider, because the batteries first have to be charged by the solar panels before the inverter can feed off the batteries and supply a mains voltage (wastes energy before even plugging anything in).
Now it's not impossible for me to make a 150W solar system power my power-hungry Windows 7 box, but I'd need to double or maybe even triple-up on the amount of batteries, and that would mean double or triple the expense, and double or triple the charging times in order to strore the energy. I would literally have to let the batteries charge for two, three, maybe even four or five days at a time in order to be able to run the PC for a realistic amount of time in one day.
So it's not impossibe to remedy by the bettery setup, but it's unrealistic, cause it means I'd be going to all that expense just to be able to run the Axo Patcher.
Man, what I wouldn't give to live off-grid up a mountain in Southern Spain
I've thought about settling in Spain, off-grid, when I have the finances, and I still might do that in the future. But for now, the problem with having a small boat suitable for safety on open water, is that they're far from ideal for sticking solar panels on. If I'd bought one of those purpose-made live-aboard river boats then I'd have tons of roof space, but I've had to go for a small boat designed for safety so that I can use it on the open water if/when I need to, so that I can do some 'country hopping'
I'm gutted to hear about XP not being an option, I was really hoping to make that work. You've given me an idea though, cause I suppose I could try and dual-boot it so that I can run XP and Debian side-by-side on the XP box. I already have tried Debian on that machine before I even owned an Axo, and it works fine, but for some reason I can't even think of, I've not tried dual-booting on it yet.
So if I install 32-bit Debian on my old 32-bit box, would that run the Axoloti patcher?
If the answer is yes, I'll reformat the drive and try setting-up an XP/Debian dual-boot on it!
Regards the Laptop and Udoo, I agree, but it's more cost and I can't afford to keep buying stuff right now, and it means I risk losing the use of programs I have running on my XP system, due to possible incompatibities with laptops (which is very common due to the crappy video cards they usually have).
Anyway, the dual-boot thing sounds good, so please let me know about that, would it work with that configuration?