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Re: semi-OT: Operating Systems
> I've had it with trying to find USB interfaces with my Vista laptop
> computer. Gone through four: lexicon, maudio, edirol and presonus (In
> order from worst to best) and none of them really worked. I'm thinking
> partioning and installing a different version of windows. What would
> esteemed group recommend?
If your motherboard's USB ports aren't up to the task it won't matter what
USB interfaces you hook up to them. My last motherboard was a Asus with
ports up the wall, but only two out of six were USB 2.0! Ridiculous, even
without a music interface attached: cams and mice were either
less-than-responsive or non-functional altogether. I go through a lot of
hardware because of testing and experimenting; this last mobo bit it
I was trying to eliminate all the fans on it. Not all Zalman heat sinks
will fit every motherboard! I had a semi-circle-form heat sink from them
that I put on the South Bridge chipset. Unfortunately it was very close
my video card (PCIE Geforce 8600 GT, long card), though not touching it -
figured that 1/4" was a safe margin, but I didn't count on what happens
one bumps the box just enough... Not quite Kaboom, just a loud click and
nothing. Thankfully only the cursed motherboard was ruined.
So I was saved from having to eventually troubleshoot an
series of USB ports. How old is your mobo? Model?
Thanks to our even-more-cursed Sky+ HD box starting to give up the ghost
(damn you Murdoch!), I have had to move forward my plans to create a
hopefully fanless small-form PC with feckless HD 1080 output, and a dual
Sky-compatible tuner card. If anyone on-list is interested in the results
I'll keep 'em in the loop. Off-list of course.