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System Crashes Constantly

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Jofus, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. Jofus

    Jofus Guest

    Hey everyone,

    I'm having MAJOR problems with my system, hopefully you guys can give me a hand!

    Each time I start a new session in Cubase it eventually crashes, whether it be 2 seconds or 15 minutes into the session. I have no idea why, I'm pretty sure I've set everything up right. I've used Opus' Optimisation guide for Win98SE but I'm still having problems...I'm on the verge of crying.....literally! I'm holding back the tears...I know it's not healthy to bottle it all up inside....so please somebody help me!

    Here's some background info of my system:
    PIII 1000hz;
    512MB RAM;
    Asus CUSL2-C Motherboard;
    32MB AGP Video Card (Nvidia);
    60G IDE HDD (Seagate);
    Advansys SCSI Ultra Wide SCSI Card (latest driver);
    18G SCSI HDD (Seagate);
    Tascam US-428 (latest driver);
    SB Live;
    Netcomm 56K Serial Modem;
    Sony CD-RW;
    Panasonic DVD Rom Drive;

    I think thats about it as far as hardware goes.

    Main software:
    Cubase VST 5.1 (crashes were happening before the update);

    I have an Akai S2000 sampler thats connected to the SCSI card as well.

    I don't have any major IRQ conflicts, but here are the IRQ's that are sharing:

    IRQ 3 Intel(R) 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2444;
    IRQ 3 Intel(R) 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2442;
    IRQ 3 Creative SB Live! Value;
    IRQ 3 ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering;
    IRQ 3 ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering;
    IRQ 7 Win9x AdvanSys Ultra Wide SCSI Adapter;
    IRQ 7 ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering;
    IRQ 11 Intel(R) 82801BA/BAM SMBus Controller -2443;
    IRQ 11 NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro;
    IRQ 11 ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering;
    IRQ 11 ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering;
    IRQ 14 Primary IDE controller (dual fifo);
    IRQ 14 Intel(R) 82801BA Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 244B;

    I'm also using my system for the internet and watching DVDs...I know my system should be dedicated, but hey!

    Sorry guys for the long post, but I'm a desperate man!

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Joseph :(
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    You arent having any conflicts on IRQ's? Excuse me...but are you blind man? Anytime you see multiple of the same number...that is a conflict!!! Your mission..if you so choose to accept it...is to get every card on it's own IRQ..plain and simple...
  3. Jofus

    Jofus Guest

    Thanks Opus, Actually I'm a little embarrased now......I've done what you said and everything is fine. I completely got rid of the SB card...ripped that sucker out, I'm not even gonna bother installing it....anyways
    I'm still getting IRQ sharing on some IRQs (PCI steering) should I worry about this?

    Thanks again ;)
  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    PCI steering is normal..that's one of the thnags with 98! As long as two devices arent sharing the same number you are ok!! Good luck
  5. kent powell

    kent powell Active Member

    Little help for a dummy here, if you please Opus2000 and others...

    I've got the same problem. I didn't copy my IRQ list as Jofus so helpfully did, but I've got my PCI modem (yeah, yeah, I know)and AGP video card sharing the same IRQ. My Abit BE6II mobo allows me to change some IRQ's in the BIOS. I move what they COM device to another IRQ, and when I check in Windows System Info, the AGP card moved with the modem to the new IRQ!

    Any ideas?
  6. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Basically this is the scenario...you will want to disable the Com ports in the BIOS so that you can free up some IRQ's! Dont use the BIOS to assign IRQ's..it's not reccomended. The best thing to do is take the modem out..make sure the com ports are disabled to free up the IRQ's..you might also want to disable the USB port if you arent usingit as well! The more IRQ's available the better! You dont need the Com port unless you have something physically attached to the serial ports on the motherboard. Once that has been done turn on your system..make sure all is well for IRQ's..next turn off system..put modem back in..turn on system and check IRQ's...if still sharing turn off system and try another PCI slot..it's like a nutshell game unfortunately but it will help in the long run
  7. kent powell

    kent powell Active Member

    Many thanks! I'll try it when I get home.
  8. kent powell

    kent powell Active Member

    Thanks Opus! Success! Where would we dummies be without you?
  9. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Originally posted by snappy:
    Thanks Opus! Success! Where would we dummies be without you?

    No Comment!!! :D
  10. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Hey, don't give him any funny ideas!

    Have a seat opus. Like some tea? Your slippers warm enuf? Nothin's too good for my buddy! :D
  11. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Couldn't resist...
    If your system crashes all the time...
    Take away the keys!!!! :p

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