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    GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    Let's keep this thread clean. Post the details about systems that you've found to work well with GS3. If you want to rant or post opinions, start your own darn thread!

    The criteria:
    1) Your system doesn't crash or blue screen during normal use. You can load instruments, save performances and capture to wave.

    2) This doesn't mean that too many GigaPulse instances, memory loads of over 90% or extreme polyphony might not crash the system.

    3) It also doesn't mean that there are no bugs or no pops and clicks under all conditions. The main thing is that your system is solid and without crashes under normal operation.

    Hopefully, those who have problems can replace a component or two, update a driver or something and replicate a working system.

    And remember, this thread is for facts. Start your own threads for opinions!

    -JF

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    Okay, here's mine. It does two instances of GigaPulse, can load up to 90% memory and can play the full GPiano II...

    H-A-R-D-W-A-R-E
    ------------------
    MOTHERBOARD: Asus A7V8X
    BIOS: version 1014
    ON-BOARD AUDIO: Disabled
    CHIPSET: VIA with latest 4 in 1 driver
    CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2500+
    HEATSINK: Zalman 6500Cu
    RAM: 2x 512 MB; Samsung DDR400; running at 333 MHz
    LAN: On-board Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet. Latest Driver
    VIDEO: ATI Raeon 9500, Latest Driver (8/3/2004)
    1394: On board. Ethernet over 1394 disabled
    AUDIO: Echo MIA; driver version 6.08
    MIDI: MidiSport 1x1 USB through USB hub
    CONTROLLER: Kurzweil PC88
    C: DRIVE (System): 160 GB Seagate SATA (on-board Promise SATA controller)
    E: DRIVE (Audio): 120 GB Seagate ATA-V (on-board primary IDE)
    F: DRIVE (Samples): 120 GB Seagate ATA-V (on-board secondary IDE)
    G: DRIVE (DVD+/-RW): Generic Brand. Listed as VOM 12E48X (on separate SIIG PCI ATA controller)
    POWER SUPPLY: Fortron FSP300-60ATV ATX (tested to a reliable 390W)
    FLOPPY: Sony
    FANS: Nothing extra. Just the power supply and the CPU fans. Air-space between all drives.
    DV CAMCORDER: Sharp VL-WD255 (often connected but not active when GS3 is running)


    S-O-F-T-W-A-R-E
    ------------------
    OS: Clean install of XP Pro SP1
    Sampler: GS3 Orchestra; No external VSTs configured or scanned.
    Sequencer: Sonar 3 Studio Edition
    A/V: Vegas 5.0b
    Audio Editing: Sound Forge 5.0g
    MIDI: MusicLabs MidiOverLAN+ and MIDI Connection Center
    DVD/CD Stuff: Nero OEM version 6.3.00

    T-W-E-A-K-S
    --------------
    I did a number of the tweaks from http://www.videoguys.com/WinXP
    I haven't yet done Matthias' RAM tweak, as I only have 1GB of RAM.

    -JF

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    Hi Jon,

    How many voices can you squeeze out of that Athlon XP?
    Any IRQs shared?

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    I've been running at 160 but pushed the lever up to 256. With the PMI BOS loaded and no effects I mashed the keys and got up to the limit with no problems. The CPU gets up to the 50% range while I'm holding the pedal and mashing the keys.

    In W98 it was easy to get an IRQ list. Is there an easy way to do that in XP? It flashes by on my BIOS screen too fast to write down. I opened each item in the device manager to find the IRQs.

    Yes, I've got some sharing. The 1394, SIIG IDE controller and Promise SATA controller all use IRQ17. (Maybe that's why I get a small number dropped frames during video capture!) And the MIA and Ethernet are shared. I'll muck around to use separate IRQs and see if I stop dropping DV frames or get any other improvements. Thanks!

    -JF

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    Jon, get into Device Manager. Go to "View" menu, then "Resources by Connection". Open up the "Interrupt Request (IRQ)" folder.

    - Keith

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    Here is my main GS3 machine, although I have three of them my third comp doesn't have a fast enough processor. So it isn't a good example. I will post my other comp later.

    Main Computer:

    HARDWARE

    Motherboard- Asus K8V Deluxe
    Chipset- VIA K8T800 with latest 4 in 1 drivers
    On-Board Audio- Disabled
    CPU- AMD Athlon 64 3200
    Heatsink- Zalman
    Ram- 2x 1GB Transcend DDR333
    LAN- On-Board 3COM Gbit LAN controller
    Video- ATI 9200 latest drivers
    Audio- RME HDSP 9652 (did not have midi problem luckily)
    No keyboard controller. All MIDI is done through Sibelius notation
    80 gig Western Digital HD
    160 gig Western Digital HD
    200 gig Western Digital HD (I have VSL Pro Edition and I need lots of space!)
    Regular Fans and cooling
    Standard Floppy

    SOFTWARE:

    Windows Home SP1
    GS3 Orchestra
    Sequencer: Sonar 3 Studio Edition
    Notation: Sibelius 3
    MIDI: MusicLabs MidiOverLAN+
    VSL Performance Tool

    Memory tweak has been done and I can load a gigabyte or so into msg32.

    This is a good thread to start. Hope this can help other people.

    David

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    I have to admit I sort of cheated. I had VisionDaw configure my machine, one of their 4U gigastudio machines with a 3GHz P4 and an RME 96/52 audio card.

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    I got this info from the VisionDaw website. I see they have Hyper Threading listed as a feature of their GS3 machine.

    VisionDAW 4U GigaStudio 3 Edition
    SKU: VDAW-4UGS3

    The VisionDAW 4U GigaStudio 3 Edition is ready to power the much anticipated new version of the best and most powerful sampler - GS3!

    Standard Features
    Cases: 4U Aluminum Rackmount Chassis 19"(W) x 21"(D) x 7"(H)
    Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.4 GHz, 800MHz FSB, Hyper Threading
    Memory: 2,048MB PC3200 DDR400 Memory (1024x2)
    Hard Drive 1: Seagate 80GB Ultra ATA100 7200rpm Hard Drive
    Hard Drive 2: 2x250GB WDC RAID Edition SATA, 7,200 RPM, 8MB - RAID 0
    Optical Drive 1: 16x DVD-ROM Optical Drive
    Floppy Drive: 1.44MB Floppy Drive
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 128MB Dual Head Video Card
    FireWire (IEEE 1394) Interface: 3 Port FireWire (1394) Interface Card
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Edition

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    My system, which seems to be working okay, albeit not intensely tested as yet is:

    P4 3.0 GHz 800 MHz socket 478
    2 x 1 GB Corsair matched RAM
    Asus P4c800-E Deluxe motherboard (with promise sata, etc turned off)
    1 x 120 GB Seagate IDE System drive
    2 x 120 GB Seagate SATA drive in RAID 0, on ICH5 controller
    1 x Pioneer DV-108
    Zalman CNPS-7000b cooler
    Zalman 400 W power supply (B model with SATA power)
    1 x Echo Gina (original version, will replace one day)
    ATI Radeon 9200 SE

    Once it started working it was fine, getting it working was the trick.

    As described in other posts I basically had to use the following order of installation:
    GS 3
    Gina drivers.
    MOL.

    After that it's been relateively robust.


    Cheers,
    Steve

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    Re: GS3 POLL: Systems that WORK

    Quote Originally Posted by perceive
    My system, which seems to be working okay, albeit not intensely tested as yet is:

    P4 3.0 GHz 800 MHz socket 478
    2 x 1 GB Corsair matched RAM
    Asus P4c800-E Deluxe motherboard (with promise sata, etc turned off)
    1 x 120 GB Seagate IDE System drive
    2 x 120 GB Seagate SATA drive in RAID 0, on ICH5 controller
    1 x Pioneer DV-108
    Zalman CNPS-7000b cooler
    Zalman 400 W power supply (B model with SATA power)
    1 x Echo Gina (original version, will replace one day)
    ATI Radeon 9200 SE
    How much % and MB can you load into ram? Wahts papends when you load more then 50%
    Digital AudionetworX

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    http://www.digital-audionetworx.de
    mac - pc - gigastudio
    berlin - germany

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