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    Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    This is something that's really been annoying me and I can't figure out how to end it. I've tried deleting things from my hard drive, defragmenting, disk cleanup, etc on the hardware side. My computer is bad (1.7ghz, 256mb RAM however I never had this sort of problem before and it was just harder to make music, now it's almost impossible. What's happening is Whenever I load my songs, and try to compose, whenever it gets into the more complex parts (and I use stretch the word complex - only like 6-8 instruments playing at a time) (most of this is using DFD EWQLSO Silver, BTW) - usually what happened before was it wuold crackle and stutter - and then I would just play it again, and again, and eventually it would soon be able to play it without stuttering, so I continued with my composing. but now, whenever it gets into a "hard" part, and the CPU starts to get busy, it doesn't just eventually end, instead I get an error "Cubase SX has an error", and I am forced to close the program.

    Has anyone had this problem or have any reccomendations about it? It is really an issue and I can't compose at all.

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    You don't have a Cubase problem - you have a computer problem. Open up your latency or get a stronger machine. This scenario is covered in the manual.
    Houston Haynes - Titan Line Music

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    Yes, I know I don't have a good computer, but there is the factor that it worked perfectly fine for 6 months and only started doing this a few days ago to consider.......

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    " never had this sort of problem before..."

    Before what? What changed? Have you tried the Cubase forum?

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    Never mind the pooter not being powerful enough, you gotta get some RAM in there.

    D

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    When you're using DFD or audio tracks, it also helps to defragment your drive frequently. Disks become fragmented after a while, which could explain why it worked better in the beginning.

    Even better is to keep samples and audio files in a seperate partition or on a seperate drive.

    You could also try to upgrade to Kontakt 2.1. I read somewhere that there were issues with DFD in Kontakt 2.0, sometimes causing the CPU to spike in Cubase SX.

    Just a thought,

    Peter.

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by awpmusic
    You have to get more RAM before anything else!
    Oops, I see he already defragmented his drive.

    Good plan, I think that running XP, Cubase and Kontakt without instruments almost take up that amount of RAM !

    Also check Startup and Registry to see that Windows doesn't start any programs that are eating your precious RAM.

    Peter.

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pschelfh
    Even better is to keep samples and audio files in a seperate partition or on a seperate drive.
    Separate drive—yes. Separate partition—no.

    From the GS3 User Manual (although the concept is universally applicable):

    Quote Originally Posted by TASCAM
    Probably the single most important thing you can do for your system to increase performance and polyphony is to dedicate a separate physical hard drive to your sample content. It is simply not enough to create a separate audio partition on the same drive as your OS and programs. In fact, this is actually a bad idea- this makes the drive’s stylus or head work even harder, since it is simultaneously seeking application data in one partition and streaming audio data from another. A dedicated drive for your content frees up both drives to separately access the program data and the audio data.
    — Alan

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    Actually the music I was doing when this started happening was actually simpler (less instruments, less chords) then before. But thanks for the help. I'm getting a new computer in a few months anyways so maybe I'll hold off....

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    Re: Can someone help me with a Cubase problem?

    Do you use your computer on the internet?

    Before I had a computer dedicated to music, what you describe would happen to me after 4-6 months of online use - until I reformatted the hard drive.

    Jim

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