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cracks and pops, do I need a new recording computer?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Wayon, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. Wayon

    Wayon Active Member

    I was the one that started the thread "Are updates necessary?" Here's where I'm at now.

    So I just wiped my hard drives completely and reloaded Windows 7. I loaded a new version of Reaper. When I bring in a project from the external drive, it takes a loooooong time to load. But, worse than that, I'm having the exact same problem that I was having before.
    win7 64bit i7 CPU 920@2.67GHz 6GB Ram This thing is 6 years old.
    The performance meter is at around 20% and I've got cracks and pops and static.
    I've been dealing with this for a while now so I've done all the optimization techniques and nothing is changing.
    Someone in another post suggested an IRQ problem. Yes, I do have some IRQ's doing multiple tasks, one actually doing 5.
    On a side note (this may or may not be related) but my mouse pointer sometimes jumps around like it can't keep up. It only lasted for 10 seconds or so and then is fine.
    Please help.
     
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Your computer should do a lot better than this! Especially with Reaper.

    Sounds like your interface is weak and your buffer setting is struggling. What interface are you using?
     
  3. Wayon

    Wayon Active Member

    I'm using a Fireface 800.
     
  4. Wayon

    Wayon Active Member

    Buffer setting is at 1048. Even at 2096 it's only slightly better.
     
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    What is your FW card?
     
  6. Wayon

    Wayon Active Member

    Forgive me, I'm not sure what you mean.
     
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    What Firewire device is installed in your computer> Texas Instruments is the recommended. If you are using something else, it may be whats causing this. What RME FW driver are you using as well? Are your drivers up to date?

    64 bit: http://www.rme-audio.de/download/driver_fw_win_3110.zip
     
  8. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Also, optimizing your PC for audio "Reaper" including allowing your FF 800 through a firewall.
    http://wiki.cockos.com/wiki/index.php/Optimize_playback_/_Improve_performance
     
  9. Wayon

    Wayon Active Member

    I found the interface is located on 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller. Is that what you mean?

    And yes, the drivers are up to date.
     
  10. Wayon

    Wayon Active Member

    I think I've done this. And the firewall is down.
     
  11. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Sounds like you've got it covered but I'm still wondering if your FW card is the recommended Texas instrument

    Maybe others more software savvy will chime in to advice better.
     
  12. Makzimia

    Makzimia Active Member

    For the record, to the best of my knowledge, shared IRQs (interrupt request) are no longer an issue. That went away when we got rid of external com ports and parallel ports. Sort of thing we stuffed around with when adding sound blaster cards in the late 80s and early 90s :). It is ideal still, if using cards to sometimes establish order of slots in some machines though.

    Since you are on an external device using a bog standard 1394 chip set, it can, or can't be blamed, there is no rule. I personally ran a Mackie 1640i onyx and never had specific issues with it. That being said my PC may be built with better/different components. And certainly had much more RAM. General rule of thumb to me is, give a PC at least 8GB of RAM, Windoze is a guzzling bitch.

    Hard drive speeds below 7200 (unless SSD) are not recommended, and a bad quality 5400 drive can cause your issues, size of the HDDs cache (not adjustable) involved. If the drive is trashing back and forth, though your buffer sizes are insanely large. I have never run bigger than 512, and usually run 128 or 256. That's been the rule for my many machines over various interfaces.

    Number one job, try another firewire cable if you have one. All above are things, so many things can be involved.. :unsure:
     
  13. Wayon

    Wayon Active Member

    I think my next step is to pull the orginal drive out, install windows on the new drive, and see how that works.

    Or maybe just bounce evrything onto the new drive and go that way.
     
  14. Makzimia

    Makzimia Active Member

    Did you establish there was absolutely no issue with the original drive?.
     
  15. Wayon

    Wayon Active Member

    Well now, this is just it. I am trying to do a system backup an it fails because of an I/O device error. Same thing with system image.

    (Sigh)

    I'm thinking it could be that drive.
     
  16. Makzimia

    Makzimia Active Member

    At the cost of a drive, not worth the aggravation, dispose, put new one in.

    My .02 FWIW :)

    Cheers,

    Tony
     
  17. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    FWIW, I will track and mix with a 64 buffer on 32 tracks, 8 Gig of Ram on Windows 7 64bit I7, running Sequoia 13 which is a serious huge program, all night long.
    Only when I am running 8 instances of Melodyne on top of the basics, do I then run into problems. :LOL:
    I'm pretty certain the problem people have on any platform is over user of plug-ins and too much of whatever, at least so I've heard . My PC will rival any Mac and still leave some money left over to buy and nice preamp., which I did. :)

    I often wonder how much better my system will run when I add more memory. I'm thinking about 32Gig.

    There are certain MB that don't do firewire or audio well. John may know more about that. We don't want Tony's opinion here lol, he's a PC hater ! Kidding, well sort of... . :ROFLMAO::p

    How do other programs run on it? or is it just Audio? What video card do you have. This is also something you need to have right.
     
  18. Makzimia

    Makzimia Active Member

    Pfft... I was fair about it :p

    I'm betting on a bad HDD.
     
  19. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Okay, Tony forgives me? :love: I admit. I attacked you. I feel better now :LOL: I think I'll have a smoke. :whistle:

    Here's what I'm talking about!

    myPC.PNG
     
  20. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    my deepest apologies to the OP, I'm having a moment. Back to serious .
     

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