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Re: laptop for live music
I used to have a Dell laptop from work that I tried to use as an audio
computer. It exhibited the hum problem that some people have mentioned
(and *didn't* hum when it was run on batteries). After a lot of
searching and talking to Dell people, I finally found that the Dell
laptops have a known grounding issue that can cause the hum. First I
read from others that they had the same problem - and a couple of these
people said that a Dell helpdesk person told them it was a known
problem. After a couple of calls to Dell, I finally got one of them to
tell me the same thing. He said it was not a well known fact amongst
the helpdesk folks, but that it was in the Dell knowledge base.
I can't say if they've fixed it on newer models, but I know I'll never
try a Dell as an audio laptop again.
I have a Thinkpad T40 now that I've done some experiementing with, and
it performs very well.
Kris Hartung wrote:
> Weird...and you've probably done what I've tried too, plugging the
> powersupply into different outlets. I have not tried plugging it into
> a different circuit yet (as many outlets in a venue or your house can
> be on the same circuit). Not sure if that would help, though. I think
> it is a proximity thing with the powersupply and other audio gear. How
> about encasing it in a lead box? :) Anyway, this sort of forces us to
> use notebook that have long battery life...not thoe with desktop
> processores in them (the big, thick ones), but the mobile units. My
> wife's Centrino Thinkpad last for 4 hours...not bad.
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Clint Allen <mailto:email@example.com>
> *To:* Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 29, 2005 4:30 PM
> *Subject:* Re: laptop for live music
> I have the same problem running from my Emachine laptop. Running
> on power supply? hum/noise.
> Running on battery? No hum/noise, but I have about an hour or so...
> However, I also have the same hum coming from a Gbox shuttle that
> is my desktop recording solution.
> I've replaced and done everything I can think of except move to a
> new house.
> Clint Allen
> On 12/29/05, *Kris Hartung* <firstname.lastname@example.org
> <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
> Well, with exception of the hum problem I have with my HP
> nc6000, which
> could be a defective powersupply, both the IBM and HP
> "commerical" boxes
> kick ass. I have nothing but good things to say about the
> wife, who works for Intel, uses one as her work computer (all
> employees use them), but I don't think you could go wrong with
> one of the
> commerical/business notebooks from HP either. Also, IBM
> doesn't make
> Thinkpads anymore, they sold that whole product line to
> Lenovo. Hopefully
> this won't have an impact on their quality in the future.
> Here is question for you all...with all the high performance
> required for gaming, would it make sense to find a notebook
> for music
> applications that has also been proven to be a good choice for
> gaming? Aside
> from the graphics part, it seems the processor, cache, and
> other system
> architecture features might be good for music applications as
> well...just a
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gary Lehmann" <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>>
> To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 1:37 PM
> Subject: RE: laptop for live music
> > So is IBM ThinkPad the best way to go?
> > Any other contenders? I speak of course of the Windoze
> > Gary