Nuendo slowdown

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Jon Best, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    I posted this on pcdaw also, but I figured I'd get you all's ideas;

    I've had this problem a couple times before, but after a recent
    reinstall/latest drivers 'house cleaning,' it's popping up even more.

    My DAW keeps either freezing, or going into extreme slow motion, mostly in
    Nuendo. The mouse is still active, but everything else takes several
    minutes; normally almost instantaneous screen redraws, menus, any command.
    For instance, I can hit f3 to pull up the mixer, and the screen eventually
    brings up the mixer after moving the other windows around as normal, but it
    takes like five minutes. I can solo a track (muting the rest), and the solo
    button on that track lights up 30 seconds later, followed by the mutes on
    the other tracks lighting one at a time every 10-15 seconds until it's done.

    I can even save and shut down Nuendo, although the process (4 or 5 commands)
    takes fifteen minutes. After shutdown, I can pull Nundo back up without a
    reboot, and it works as usual, albeit with a greater likelihood of a
    slowdown. A reboot puts everything back to normal.

    The first time it did this, it did it a couple times, and that was it. Now
    it's doing it at least once a day or so, which is unacceptible.

    Any ideas?


    ASUS P4T-E
    P4 1.6A
    1G Kingston RDRAM
    RME Hammerfall (latest bios/mods)
    Matrox G450
    Several Maxtor drives
    Plextor 12/8/32
  2. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    The one really important piece of information is missing ... what OS are you using ?

    If not WinXP, you might consider upgrading.
    If it is Win Millennium Edition ... I am not surprised. That OS version is known to have issues.

  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Try defragging your hard drive(s)

    Also a good thing to try is to run the Norton System Utilities program to see if there are ny issues with the system.


    As Mister Blue has stated...what OS?

    Opus :D
  4. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2000
    I use Maxtor HDDs exclusively. If you're up for a fresh install, get the Maxblaster3 utility (which you can d/l from the Maxtor site) and put it on a floppy. It allows you to totally "zero" the drive. It takes several hours to do a 60Gb drive, but then you have a totally clean drive, with absolutely no remnants hanging around.

    Also, when you do that fresh install, make sure you put your OS on a small partition. If you're using XP Pro, and you're ONLY going to put the OS on that partition, you only need it to be 1.5Gb. And remember, never fill a harddrive or partition more than 85% or you will lose performance.

    Once that is done, create a partition for your programs. Figure the total space your programs will need and double it to get your partition size. This leaves you room to add more programs, yet still keep you under 85%.

    When you have the rare opportunities of having storage HDDs empty, "zero" those out, too. Your partitioning scheme for these drives is up to you, but remember, the larger the partition, the more scattered your data will be, so the slower your data will be accessed.

    Also, check your memory. If you have access to other memory, preferably a different brand than what you have, try it. A lot of times, motherboards are finnicky about what memory they work well with, ESPECIALLY Asus boards.

    When you do your installation, make sure that you do it properly. Remove all hardware down to "barebones", install the OS, then install the mobo drivers, then install your video drivers. Now start re-installing your hardware a piece at a time, hardware and drivers. DO NOT leave your tower all assembled, format and partition your harddrive, install the OS, then start throwing drivers in it willy-nilly. A PROPER installation is essential.

    Hope some of this helps. Good luck!

  5. falkon2

    falkon2 Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    This has happened to me on a couple of different machines as well, but running SONAR, not Nuendo. Exact same symptoms as that you describe, and coming in different severities.

    The systems were running XP and using Audigy with the default (though up-to-date) Creative drivers.

    However, my personal laptop runs SONAR without a hitch so far. What sound card and/or drivers are you using?
  6. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    OK, Windows 2000 SP2.

    This has actually happened with a couple different partition configs.

    RME HDSP w/Multiface, and it's got the latest mods and drivers.

    Thanks for the insight so far!

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