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    i thought it would be cool to have a thread where we post
    "useful" reads about music and our PC's, instead of asking
    those same questions ? just an idea,
    because this part of the forum is kindof "PC-based".
    feel free to post any "universal" knowledge, or handy tips,

    pc / audio xp related :

    http://www.ekit.nl/XP_Optimize TASCAM.pdf

    http://www.musicxp.net/

    pc / audio vista related :

    http://www.audioforums.com/windows-v...timization.php

    harddisk related :

    http://www.storagereview.com/php/ben...bench_sort.php

    soundcard related (and hyperlinks) :

    http://www.novationmusic.com/answerb...cle.php?id=354

    http://www.tweakheadz.com/soundcards...ome_studio.htm

    http://audio.rightmark.org/test_results.shtml

    http://knowledgebase.steinberg.de/112_1.html

    about firewire :

    http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/...400-page1.html

    pc updated :

    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/co...es-channel.htm

    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/pci-express4.htm

    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/cache.htm

    pc memory related :

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/167

    http://www.kingston.com/newtech/MKF_...whitepaper.pdf
    Last edited by Ericdrumz; 08-15-09, 05:03 PM.
    | Diy Roland/Yamaha e-kit | Sonor/Gretsch a-kit | Zildjian/Sabian/Ufip cymbals

  • #2
    Thanks for the links It's a great idea, with more and more drummers going PC sampling this'll defintely help us decide and get more info and the specific cards.

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    • #3
      ofcourse, there's also optimizing plugin settings, and optimizing
      triggermodule settings, but these were already well addressed..
      Last edited by Ericdrumz; 02-26-09, 04:52 AM.
      | Diy Roland/Yamaha e-kit | Sonor/Gretsch a-kit | Zildjian/Sabian/Ufip cymbals

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      • #4
        For those of you who have a DUAL-CORE processor, and don't update all the time : There's an update patch voor dual core enhancement :
        it's been around for a little while though..

        To optimize dual core use with XP (AMD and Intel processors) for system performance with 1 or more programs running :

        1) Install WindowsXP-KB896256-v4-x86-XXX (DualCore Optimizer_Hotfix).exe.

        -you'll have to have windows XP SP2 and windows installer 3.0 for this !-
        (if you didn't know, XP service pack 1 does not support multi-core processors)

        (english update XP)
        (dutch update XP)
        (yes, these are certified updates, but i won't be responsible for anybody messing up their own system)

        2) To complete the hotfix, some say we also have to update the register :
        i checked this and on MY (Intel E6600) system i had better results with just the hotfix and nothing more..
        the following edits are not needed for core2duo processors, but are for Amd and other Intel dual cores.
        You can always reverse these changes.

        1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
        2. Right-click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager, point to New, and then click Key.
        3. Type Throttle for the new key name.
        4. Right-click Throttle, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
        5. Type PerfEnablePackageIdle for the value name.
        6. Right-click PerfEnablePackageIdle, and then click Modify.
        7. In the Edit DWORD Value box, type 1. In the Value data box, make sure that Hexadecimal is selected, and then click OK.
        8. Quit Registry Editor.

        3) We then have to check BOOT.ini for the following command : /usepmtimer. To check it :
        Right click on My Computer go to properties, click on the ADVANCED tab, then under startup and recovery click on settings, then click on EDIT....

        It has to look like this :
        [boot loader] timeout=30
        default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
        [operating systems]
        multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /usepmtimer
        (or with multi-boot system, just put /usepmtimer last, but before the 2nd operating system line).

        My system load with 2 programs running, went from "spiky" 50 % (taskmanager) to 10-20 % load..
        the cores are no longer "fighting" for the threads
        i came across this, so thought i'd share it. good luck with trying it and regards..
        Last edited by Ericdrumz; 01-14-09, 03:40 AM.
        | Diy Roland/Yamaha e-kit | Sonor/Gretsch a-kit | Zildjian/Sabian/Ufip cymbals

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        • #5
          i read somewhere "we like to play instead of tweak our pc's" and i agree..
          so, to keep you pc system drive clean, in my opinion this is the best
          free cleaning program :
          http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
          next defrag and once your system is optimized, -if you can- make a
          backup on a separate harddrive with either ghost, acronis, or this one :
          http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
          so you don't have to worry about having to re-install everything.
          | Diy Roland/Yamaha e-kit | Sonor/Gretsch a-kit | Zildjian/Sabian/Ufip cymbals

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          • #6
            Good stuff, deserves "sticky" status.

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            • #7
              thx vectron, i'm not that important though..
              | Diy Roland/Yamaha e-kit | Sonor/Gretsch a-kit | Zildjian/Sabian/Ufip cymbals

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              • #8
                It is good and it's a loss to get buried, it's got some very useful stuff that people may require as they come onboard. A computer section to run e-kits is a must and keep it up and adding to. Well done ED. I use Paragon hard disk manager buts it's hard and generates errors so I'll try DriveImage, It came wrapped with a pc mag a while ago.
                Nothing of importance here

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