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    Mobility Radeon 9000 memory?

    Max RAM for GFX is set in BIOS - 16, 32, 64, 128MB. I was just testing.
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    Mobility Radeon 9000 memory?

    Thanks bfg9000 for doing the research. Nice one. I think my machine has single channel DDR333 not 266. I must admit I thought it was a misprint. Still 333 is better than 266. Only got 256MB right now but at least a Gig is in order for the music recording work. I wonder if the PC will show more GFX RAM usage if the total RAM is increased?
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    Mobility Radeon 9000 memory?

    Slightly confused. Nothing new there. If DVMT isn't variable Memory sizing then what is it? The pdf tech sheet again quotes up to 128MB DVMT ??? http://www.fujitsu-siemens.com/Resources/123/2080773523.pdf I can beleive that this unit has the 32MB fixed memory size as the PC's Display Properties shows but it is confusing when Fujitsu say otherwise. That said the exact model and configuration that I have doesn't appear anywhere on their site, just the Amilo V7010 collective description. I'm getting on with it all right . I thinks it's a keeper. Just manages to run Blitzkrieg on High settings.
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    Mobility Radeon 9000 memory?

    I reckon I'm still ahead on processing power which will be useful in HDD Music Recirding mode. I'm prone to a bit of gaming now and then but I wonder how Blitzkrieg is going to fit in 32Mb GFX RAM. Oh well back to the serious work in hand. At least the Toshiba would have had 64MB of GFX RAM (shared).
  5. I know this is more of a graphics card post than a storage one. I got such good advice last tije I was terminally confused I thought I'd try you guys. RAM is storafe after all innit? Somehow I've managed to come back from the shop with a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V7010 and not a Toshiba Equium A60, which I'd taken all week to decide upon. . The Equiums were out of stock and then I saw this similar price on a genuine Pentium 4 @ 3.06Ghz. Actually what's confusing me is that the GFX specs quoted in the shop were ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP with 128Mb Of RAM. I get the thing home and I'm checkin it out and whaddya know? There's only 32MB of graphics RAM according to the 'ATI Display Properties' I've checked ATI's site out and http://www.ati.com/products/Mobilit...9000/index.html There's three kinds of 9000 1. up to 128MB (I'm guessing shared. It doesn't say) 2. 32MB (64bit) 3. 64MB (128bit) The Fugitsu Siemens site quotes DVMT which suggest that the GFX card borrows system RAM dynamically. I don't know if it borrows on top of it's on chip RAM or if its only the 'up to 128MB version that has dynamic memory size. I thought I'd scored a coup. The Equium was using 64MB shared via a Radeon 7000. This is a puzzler. I feel like going back and asking them if they've given me the wrong unit . Somehow I suspect that it's just the advertised specs that are wrong or misleading, to the shop staff as well as me.
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    Hdd Mounting...

    Cage -eh? How's that for a Freudian slip?
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    Hdd Mounting...

    Brilliant! Exactly the info I'm after. I'm looking at getting a new case and it's currently a toss up between:- 1) Antec P160 2) Lian-Li PC 60 3) Thermaltake Tsunami The vertical mounting of the Lian-Li was putting me off. I don't know why really, I've been running Ext SCSI vertically for years. I wasn't sure if my Maxtor Dia9+'s would like it. I've been looking for ways to hush and cool my damn Prescott 2.8. Not the ideal CPU for a music computer. Shouldn't have bought it really I don't need the hyper threading but the extra cage lured me in. Too late now, I've got it. A helpful soul on the Cubase forum suggested ally cases and 120mm fans to supplement a Zalman 7000 Flower and a passive VGA cooler. THAT'S when I noticed the possible benefits of cases where the HDDs are cooled directly by the front fan. Vertical mounting would mean that the top drive wouldn't be suffering from convection from the drives below. Seems like an advantage there perhaps, at least in theory, though how much of one I don't know.
  8. The freebie version of Ghost7 that came with my EPoX mobo (4PDA2V) has saved me a lot of grief. It enabled me to reconstitute my PC rebuild by cloning my wife’s system then uninstalling all the stuff off hers that I didn't need or want. This was especially useful, as I have been using her PC since mine died last year. Re RAID - When I started the new PC up I had the Highpoint Controller doing IDE duty as I swapped HDDs around from her PC to mine. Ghost7 didn't like this much at all, although it did let me get the job done it managed to convince Win98SE that the two HDDs (Maxtor Diamond Plus9 80GB) on the HP chip were now three and all with the same drive name! (Ghost Ghosting Ghost drives?) Setting up the RAID0 array properly and Ghost now only sees one drive. Getting 160GB partitioned and formatted on a Win98 machine was no fun either. Maxblast 3 did it in one go but insisted on making the array drive D: I wanted it on the end after the system, prog and data partitions/logical drives. In the end Free Fdisk did the partitioning and Win98SE Safe Mode (Win98SE wouldn't open with the unformatted HDD in position) did the formatting ( no missing disk space or subtracting 64GB from size display). Since then I've made more Ghost7 backups using the RAID as temp storage and with no problems (fingers crossed eh? )
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    Ata-6

    You're in the right place. Look here. UDMA/ATA modes
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    Hard Drives For Audio Recording

    Thanks for all the helpful input. Crunch time has been and gone. I've gone for a pair of Maxtor DiamondMax Plus9 80GB UDMA133 plus a Lite-On DVD burner. I chose them over the WD Caviars after checking benchmarks for audio editing. Having two gives me the option of RAID 0, IN/OUT pairing or Ghosting. I noted that SATA drives have been causing problems with Ghosting and cloning. I'll report back after I've done some recording.
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    Hard Drives For Audio Recording

    Thanks guys I'm now wondering whether I'm overspecing. Been doing a little maths and 32 tracks (for instance) of 24bit/96KHz audio comes to about 18Mb/s continuous. 32 tracks of 16bit/48KHz sampling would use 3MB/s With the spec of modern PCs, the CPU speed, the large RAM size and large disk caches, most of the bottlenecks are gone. It could well be that as long as the recording is done to a dedicated drive that most units would probably handle the job these days. Scanning the Digital Audio forums I see that the old moans of sytems causing dropouts are rare these days.
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    Hard Drives For Audio Recording

    blakerwry How's that for info? Thanks for that. Re separate drives. I've got a little Samsung 40GB for sys, apps, swap & general data partitions. My questions above refer only to the dives for audio capture and editing. I say little, I've made recordings on an Atari Falcon with a 2GB SCSI2 data drive. My last system had a total HDD cap of 60GB. 40GB of that were the RAID 0 recording drives. (Abit VP6 PIII 1GHz) Interesting about the Southbridge. Could be that a single 74GB Raptor might be quick enough even though it'd be theoretically slower than Maxtor Diamonds on RAID. Less PCI contention. Any opinions about the idea of recording to one drive whilst monitoring/playback from another? The data streams would be all one way. Might be better than RAID whether PATA or SATA.
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    Hard Drives For Audio Recording

    Could be that the Maxtor 80GB uses 1 or 2 platters as against 3 on the 160GB model. This could return a different performance.
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    Hard Drives For Audio Recording

    On my mobo the SATA is handled by the ICH5R/Southbridge.(EPoX 4PDA2V) While this is inevitably connected to th PCI bus (it includes the PCI controller) it's not clear whether it's SATA function occupies PCI bandwidth or sytem bandwidth. Occupant 2 I'll regularly be encoding 8 inputs (especially on drum takes) while playing back any number of previously recorded tracks. My hardware runs to 24bit/96KHz and I'd like to be able use that for quieter music (less quant. artefacts on quiet fades) or material that's going to have a lot of processing done to it.