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Nic Cards - Pops & Clicks

Discussion in 'Recording' started by thedug, Jul 9, 2002.

  1. thedug

    thedug Guest


    I have heard people mention problems with Nic cards and just read this on musicxp.net

    I think there idea of creating xp hardware profiles and disabling the nic card for the audio profile is prolly a good idea.

    Also, does anybody know if this problem is specific to 3Com Nic cards? Also is it specific to PCI or will onboard Nic suffer the same problem?

  2. themidiroom

    themidiroom Active Member

    Apr 20, 2002
    St Louis
    I use a 3Com TX905C nic card. I've never had any problems with it imposing clicks or pops into the audio. I'm using Win 2000 pro, however. Creating a different profile is a good idea. I did this once in Windows 98 because I didn't have enough irq's to go around.
  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    There is a known issue with certain 3Com drivers and modems(nic or dial up) the drivers tend to hog the PCI bus more than other Nic card drivers...
    It really depends on what other peripherals you have, motherboard and system specs...
    Generally NetGear Nic cards are the best for less system resource hogging...
    Yes, different profiles would be a good way to get around that...
  4. thedug

    thedug Guest

    The P4B533 has onboard NIC so I guess the wouldn't be a problem.

    I think I might still do the hardware profiles.

    Does anybody know of a way to configure different services to run for different profiles?

  5. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Ahhh...Blutone just tried that one! No, services are system wide...they can not be user defined...
    I'm sure the onboard Nic will be fine...but you never know...disabling it is an easy option if it does cause any issues...
  6. thedug

    thedug Guest

    I've got a plan for disabling the services.

    Write a batch script fot the audio user.
    For each network related service put this line in the batch script.
    Net Stop {service_name}

    Then stick that batch script in the audio user's startup directory.

    Whenever you log in as the audio user all the services will be shutdown. You could write a script to start these services and put these in your other user's startup script. This would prevent you from having to reboot.

  7. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Man...I have a feeling that's asking for trouble with batch scripts running all the time...be my guest at being the guinea pig..me, no user accounts...one solid account to run the whole machine..you want an internet machine..you can build one for 300 bucks! lol
  8. Blutone

    Blutone Guest

    WOW! That's it. Just, WOW!
  9. suspec57

    suspec57 Guest

    ha ha good one opus!!! :D thats exactly what i just did recently. that way you don't have to worry about those network things that i used to deal with all the freaking time. much easier to just have them seperate and now i can do both at the same time with no problems. plus you don't have to worry about other settings in other accounts and virus's.
  10. Blutone

    Blutone Guest

    O.K. More than WOW! Batch scripts. That's really havin' a stiff one for disabling those services....LOL

    G'luck man. Let us know how it turns out.

  11. thedug

    thedug Guest

    What is the big deal?

    I am gonna do it on principle now.. ;)

    I have another machine that I do most of my web surfing on, but it is really convient for upgrades and what not, to be able to connect to the internet or my LAN.

    I will set all the networking services to manual and write a bash script that will start them. When I perform upgrades I can run the script to enable networking. ;)

    I'll post the script when I'm done.
  12. thedug

    thedug Guest

    I just found out how to disable services for different hardware profiles!

    Go to services (Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools >

    Right click the desired service > Properties > Log On Tab.

    At the bottom of this window will be a list of profiles you've set up. You
    can enable/disable for each profile here.



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