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" approach. 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 will 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 users than with PC users, regarding compatibility, drivers, clicks, etc.
The quads are out now, right?
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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 animations etc)
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