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Topic: Sony Vaio Z1 Compatibility

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    Sony Vaio Z1 Compatibility

    Just a simple question... Will GPO run perfectly on a SONY VAIO Z1 series laptop? They feature Pentium M processors and (Centrino Technology) the Intel 855PM Chipset. The only sound information I can gather is:

    Audio input None
    Audio output Sound card
    Compliant standards Microsoft WSS 1.0/2.

    Maybe somebody here uses one or somehow knows? This information would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you

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    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Kauai, Hawaii, USA

    Re: Sony Vaio Z1 Compatibility

    In my opinion, the main thing you need with GPO (and associated sequencer, presumably) is a good speed P-4 processor (2 gHz or better) and as much RAM (at least 1 gig) as you can muster up. Regardless of the builtin soundcard, you may want to consider an outboard device (my M-Audio FireWire 410 box is about as big as a laptop, but it runs on Firewire and provides you with MIDI IN/OUT, Audio L/R in, S/PDIF optical IN/OUT and up to 8 analog outputs, for monitoring your eventual surround mixes).

    My other personal reservation about running GPO and/or sequencer (or scoring software such as Overture which comes with the GPO package) is screen \"real estate\". I\'m now running my music setup on TWO 18-inch monitors (and wishing for 4). Perhaps that\'s just me.

    i hope this helps ... kev [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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    Re: Sony Vaio Z1 Compatibility

    Thanks for your suggestion! However, I really don\'t have any choice but to use a Pentium M processor, as the Centrino Technology offers amazing battery times and I like to compose in inspiring locations. (Much like the guy on the beach in the GPO banner ad [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] )

    For some additional information, I have seen GPO on a Pentium M with Intel 855 Chipsets and AC97 Soundblaster Pro and it worked great. Maybe from this information someone could tell me if running it on a Sony Vaio Z1 would essentially be the same thing. I know it runs on that particular processor and chipset, but I\'m not sure about the sound hardware stuff.

    I\'m concerned about GPO being picky about its hardware, as I tried running it on my P4 computer and it didn\'t work. (No problem though, I planned on using a laptop anyway) Although the requirements listed on the site are pretty loose, such as \"Windows-compatible MIDI hardware\", that P4 incident made me wary of what GPO will/won\'t work on. That incompatibility could have been the chipsets of that computer or the sound hardware (I know it wasn\'t the processor), but I don\'t want to encounter those problems with my soon-to-be new notebook.

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    Re: Sony Vaio Z1 Compatibility

    Right now I\'m having a surprisingly hard time figuring out what the Z1 notebooks\' soundcards are and/or whether it supports DirectSound. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

    I hope there\'s someone out there that runs/has tried to run GPO on a Vaio Z1 or perhaps Gary can tell me whether it should work or not.

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    Re: Sony Vaio Z1 Compatibility

    I guess I\'ll just buy the notebook and keep my fingers crossed! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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