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Re: Optimizing Windows for looping
Totally agreed, Per. When I got my new ThinkPad T60p, I got obsessed with
trying to tweak it so that I could be confident all possible power and
memory was going to my software/looping rig. In the end, I could not tell
any difference. I used to disable the networks, wireless, etc, but now I
don't even do that. I even have Norton AntiVirus, which is a huge memory
sucker (just look at what it consumes in the app manager), and now I don't
even deactive it.
I would mess with things ONLY if there is a problem with your audio
software...in short, go with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
I once had a major issue with my Digidesign mBox on an older XP machine.
ProTools would crash when recording, but only at some venues. It took me a
week to realize that it was caused by the wireless being on, yet there not
being any access point for it to connect to. I disabled the wireless,
rebooted, and the problem went away. But if there had not have been a
problem, I wouldn't have touched anything.
All this being said, and to Rick's question, knowing what I know now, I
never by a PC again for music. My next laptop will be a macbook pro. All
positive PC user experiences aside, I hear less about issues with mac
than with PC users, regarding compatibility, drivers, clicks, etc.
The quads are out now, right?
----- Original Message -----
> On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 1:35 AM, Charlie Milkey <email@example.com> wrote:
> You don't have to go into system tweaks for a stable XP audio rig.
> Back in the days when Windows XP was new, many people looked into
> system tweaking just by old habit, since that had been the trick for
> making Windows 98 a much better audio system. My XP laptops for audio
> are stable and this is all I do to them:
> - Deactivate CD/DVD burner.
> - Deactivate all network hardware.
> - Turn off screen saver.
> - Turn off energy saving programs.
> - Set the "skin" to the least CPU intensive ("Classic" with no
> Do not upgrade Windows. Do not install any other software than the
> applications you need for the music rig. If some music software needs
> an online authorization I temporarily activate the network port to do
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.boysen.se (Swedish)
> www.looproom.com (international)