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I have spent two months trying to get my system to work properly. I've read and followed instructions. I've optimized my OS. I've tried different FireWire cards. I've removed the sound card from the CPU. I've read. I've surfed. I've adjusted. I've agonized. And now I'm ready to kill myself. I won't do it, of course, but I feel like I want to.

I'm a guy who analyzes to the nth degree. I avoid frying pans. I don't jump where there might be fire. I consider. I plan. I theorize. I test. I simulate. Then I reconsider. Then retest. And now I'm ready to, well, you know.

I don't even want to win the lottery any more. I just want my system to work. I want to record. I want to play back. That's all. I don't want to kill myself. But I'm gettin' close.



Thomas W. Bethel Fri, 03/24/2006 - 06:07
Modern computers are wonderfull pieces of technology until you have a problem. Then, as you have discovered, all he!! brakes loose. I have to say that I never knew about the problem with firewire but it makes sense and I am performing the update as I write this. (nice of MS to let everyone know that the problem existed and that there was a fix for it)

I am still saying that if this does not cure your problems you need to carefully trouble shoot the machine. I think if you do as other suggested and update the firewire and put your audio files on a seperate hard drive your problems will be solved.

If not get back here for some other solutions.

pr0gr4m Mon, 03/27/2006 - 09:35
You are going through all this system modification stuff and to tell you the truth, from the description of the problem, I don't think any of this is necessary.

Have you tried using a project where the audio is NOT on the same drive as your program drive?

I think everyone reading this thread missed that point and they've all been focused on another problem.

I'm not saying that what you are doing wont help. I'm just saying that the problem is more likely caused by running everything from the same harddrive.

cfaalm Mon, 03/27/2006 - 10:20
Hi sibbeypeck, I have tried to watch this thread closely to see how things were, but I live in GMT+1 so I must have missed something :D

2. SidSpeed REG_DWORD 0x00000002 (2); It appears the SidSpeed has already been modified to S400. Wouldn't you agree?
Read the remark at point 5 carefully. From the knowledge base :
Note If you try to use a value that is larger than 3, SidSpeed will use a value of 0 (S100 speed).

Put it on 3.

Did you run the hotfix already?

cfaalm Mon, 03/27/2006 - 10:46
I'd like to agree with pr0gr4m on the separate disks. At a higher track-count you are sure to run into trouble.

Our keyboard player had no problems however to record 16 x 48KHz/24bits + 1 midi track on the same disk as his OS. It was only a separate partition. Even 4 x 44.1KHz/16bits on a 5400 rpm notebook drive can be done. These are stone cold facts.

Now that 16 track thing was just tracking (on a Maxtor SATA I 250GB 16MB), but it is to illustrate that it can be done to a certain extend.

Pro Audio Guest Fri, 04/21/2006 - 05:06
A few years ago I spent several hundred hours recording with Cakewalk Pro Audio 8 as a hobby. And I have struggled for the past few months with compatibility issues between Cubase, the 1884, and Windows. In other words, I've completed DAW 101. But I'm unacquainted with Logic.
I don't fear Logic, but I respect its sophistication. For that reason, and others, I'll probably start with Garage Band. Then, once I'm comfortable with the operating system, I will very likely switch over to Logic.


Pro Audio Guest Fri, 03/24/2006 - 11:55

I've manually edited the registry before. I have no problem with that. What I'm afraid of is getting two-thirds of the way thru, then finding out the instructions are vague - and being unable to back out of it.

Nevertheless, three guys who have done it are telling me to jump. So I guess I will. If you hear a loud noise, you'll know I screwed up.


therecordingart Mon, 06/12/2006 - 13:38
AudioGaff wrote: I'd say before you do something drastic or that you'll regret, that you first share the details of your system and your problem. But you also have to accept the fact that not all problems can be resolved in some specific DAW systems, and it can sometimes require major changes to the current hardware and/or software.

Like buying a Mac and kissing the problems goodbye. I haven't had a single issue since.

dementedchord Mon, 06/12/2006 - 16:53
silly peck

hey brother so its your turn to feel stupid... alow me to extend the favor and hlp you this time.... sorry to hear youve still got issues... me too unfortunately although ive resolved some.... gotta admit though im about ready to pull this thing of the net and do just audio with it... good luck brother....

Pro Audio Guest Mon, 06/12/2006 - 18:39

Three months ago, I had no clue and no real experience in digital audio. But I was not dumb; just ignorant.
Now I have a clue, but still no real experience in digital audio. I'm only partially ignorant now.

The day I switched to MacIntosh, all my problems went away. That's a fact. Whether you like it or not, a Mac works even for users who don't have a clue. So now I spend all my time having fun, instead of trying to figure out why my machine doesn't work - which is great because I don't want to be a computer technician. I want to record music.

You've obviously got an axe to grind. Maybe you think you can't afford a Mac. I've owned two Macs and two PCs, and I can tell you from real experience that in the end, Macs cost less. Maybe you're just afraid to try one. Some people have an irrational fear of Macs. I don't know what your problem is, but do yourself a favor and get over it.


AudioGaff Mon, 06/12/2006 - 21:49

Glad you like your Mac. It is made for the cluless and the novice like you. I have no axe to grind. I own PC's and Mac's. Have owned and used both since they were first sold many years ago. I use both. They are merely tools to me. I also have vast experience with audio, computers, programming and networking so I can handle either one with grace. Perhaps you should bow out now, sit back and learn. I won't be baited into the Mac vs PC debate crap that only draws out the uneducated and misinformed. But only a true idiot would believe that just because you own and use a Mac that you don't or won't ever have computer problems. That is just plain stupid talk.

Pro Audio Guest Tue, 04/18/2006 - 14:09
sibleypeck: I can fix all your problems in one procedure....................
you ready? ............It involes a shotgun and your PC and then later a ride to the apple store. If this is too drastic for you or you really can't afford a Mac (understandably) , then you have ONLY 2 options:

1. Quit using your PC as a general computer

2. Quit using your PC as a general computer and get another inexpensive computer for your general computing.

You will never ever ever ever have a stable, efficient Daw if you use it for email, websurfing,or anything other than Audio. There are just to many misc. drivers, hardware conficts, SPYWARE, etc. etc. etc. Get EVERYTHING off of your computer (printers, freeware, MS office). Reinstall Windows and your DAW software and thats it !!!!!! Update both and unplug your ethernet to it. You should then have a very stable DAW. (for a PC anyways)

Good Luck

Pro Audio Guest Fri, 05/12/2006 - 17:09
ckswartwood wrote: i have a 1884 and i had lots of issues at first. i had most the problems you did. I found out it was my mother board. I got a gigabyte K8 triton for 80.00 buck a vuwalla! Just thought i would let you know.--CK

That may very well have been my problem, too. I never successfully diagnosed it - I just gave up and bought a Mac. I have had none of the problems with it that I had with my Dell. Kind of you to mention it. I appreciate the help.