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Need help troubleshooting

Discussion in 'Recording' started by locust, Nov 22, 2001.

  1. locust

    locust Guest

    Stuttering audio that just popped up in my setup.

    Hi, I'm really down on my knees now, I've been trying to sort out why my comuter behaves the way it does and I feel I've been trying everything (almost). Please bear with me.

    My system: Dell PIII450, 384 MB (PC100) RAM, 13GB IDE system disk, 20GB IDE audio disk. Win 98 is used. Maxi Studio ISIS sound card with ASIO drivers.

    The system disk has two partitions (one for audio work and one for internet etc.) and is assigned as IDE Primary Master with my CD burner (SONY CRX-140E)assigned as Slave. My audio disk is Secondary Master with nothing else attached to that IDE channel. All my software is on the system disk, with the song files and audio on the other (just wanted to be as clear as possible).

    I've used Logic Audio Platinum 4.7 and it stutters on recording as well as playback. Even when I'm only playing back eight tracks, the counter can't keep up with the track, it stops and then hurries to a position a few bars ahead and stops again, and does this over and over. The audio seems to be unaffected when recording but still does the stuttering thing, though. Same thing with Cubase 3.7, the counter can't keep up (I can't think of a better way to say it)! The disk and CPU meters in the programs are not moving very much.

    What are my most likely problems? Before I got a dual boot setup, Cubase 3.7 has worked allright, so I'm guessing that's where my problem is. I also didn't have a dedicated audio drive before, and everything worked fine: 20 track projects in Cubase 3.7 with effects and dynamic processing going on. This was also with 128 MB RAM...

    I've totally run out of ideas and would appreciate any ideas on solving this. I'm waiting for a RME Hammerfall 9636 card to arrive, vould this upgrade solve anything?

    Thanks in advance, I'm getting desperate here.
    /Henrik Wikner, LuleƄ, Sweden
  2. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Dual boot? What drive is the "other" os residing on, and what os is it? This is kind of a big thing to leave out.

    Other than that, here are the first things I would check:

    Make sure no audio whatsoever is being written to the system disk, or the partition sharing the same HD.
    Make sure virtual memory is using only the system disk.
    Defragment everybody.
    (Dead Link Removed)

    Hope you find a solution soon. Good luck.
  3. locust

    locust Guest

    Both partitions are Win 98, and reside on the same disk (system and software only).

    Or were, actually, I got so fed up I did a clean installation of everything. No partitions anywhere this time though. The 13 GB disk for Windows and exclusively audio related software and the 20 GB (an IBM Deskstar 7200rpm) only for audio. Still the same problem.

    Does anybody know if there are known problems with the ISIS drivers? I know there was a lot of fuss about the ver. 1.9 and how it didn't work at all until someone at Guillemot fixed it. My old projects won't play back correctly and I've got new RAM (exclusively for my DELL system, I haven't bought just any kind) and a new, dedicated audio drive. What's happened? I just really hope that these problems will go away once my Hammerfall arrives, I just want to make music (don't we all...).

    Thanks for the reply, I've searched the forum a few times for posts relating to my kind of problem but I guess there aren't to many of you that use ISIS. Good for you. ;)

  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Sounds to me like you dont have DMA turned on for your hard drives...also make sure Auto Insert Notification is turned off as well as DMA turned off for the CDROM/Burner..Otherwise go to my website and go to the articles section and download the Optimization guide for 98 and see if any of that helps out
  5. locust

    locust Guest

    I love you! That did the trick. I am now a happy man and I'll never forget about DMA again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  6. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    And the crowd goes wild..confetti screams from the streets as the tech god of computers is carried by a throne thru the streets!! ha ha ha ha!! Glad to have helped man...enjoy
    Opus :D

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