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'Minimum System Requirements'
      #380411 - 14/11/06 11:44 AM
Hi,

I'm currently in the market for an audio interface.

Having formed a shortlist of likely candidates I've noticed that the 'minimum system requirements' for my preferred choice exceed the capabilities of my laptop.

QUESTION:
How much margin for error is there within the 'minimum system requirements'?


e.g. if the minimum RAM is 1mb and I've only got 256k would it work perfectly well providing I didn't run too much simultaneous audio through it?



Edited by Kate_W_Bush (14/11/06 11:44 AM)


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Re: 'Minimum System Requirements' new [Re: Kate_W_Bush]
      #380417 - 14/11/06 11:55 AM
Hi KWB

Thing is if running say winXP, it takes up a fair chunk of memory resources.
If a laptop has 256MB, then audio or MIDI work would be painfully slow and stuttering, fairly unuseable.

What laptop do you have.
Does it take SDRAM or DDR.
And can it take say a 1GB stick or does it have to be split into 2 x 512MB.

DDR memory for laptop is not so expensive and a 1GB stick would be around the £80.
Best check the exact spec of memory installed in your laptop to get the compaitbility.

Also what size HD do you have. One can set a cetain portion of the hd to act as virtual memory
eg. 2048MB (2x the size of memory installed if one does get 1GB installed).

And what model brand is the hd.
One can then check if it is a 5400 rpm or 4200 rpm hd.
If doing only MIDI work, with No streaming of samples then 4200 rpm I have found is fine.

P.S. what were the shortlisted audio MIDI interfaces.


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Re: 'Minimum System Requirements' new [Re: Kate_W_Bush]
      #380427 - 14/11/06 12:11 PM
... and if you don't know what kind of memory your lappy takes, then you can go here and pop your model into the ol' wizard and get the info at the end.

Please Note : this is not an advert!

btw, really loved your 'top of the city'.


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Re: 'Minimum System Requirements' new [Re: Kate_W_Bush]
      #380442 - 14/11/06 12:36 PM
I'm using a Toshiba P-M 740 (1.73) 256MB 40GB XPP laptop (see link for spec).

I've already bought a PCMCIA card that allows me hook it up an external firewire device.

The audio interface that I had in mind was the Alesis io|14 (mainly because it's got a lot of inputs for the money...if they ever actually release the thing!).

If I can get the laptop 'up-to-scratch' relatively inexpensively then I would certainly consider it.

EDIT:

I forgot to add the minimum system requirements in question...
• Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 2.0 Ghz or faster
• 1 Gig RAM or more

Edited by Kate_W_Bush (14/11/06 12:40 PM)


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Re: 'Minimum System Requirements' new [Re: Kate_W_Bush]
      #380482 - 14/11/06 01:38 PM
OK, how do I turn my pleasant but not overly powerful Toshiba laptop (see above) into a machine capable of running the Alesis io|14 (see above) or similar?

I was hoping to spend about £200 for the whole setup although that looks increasingly unrealistic.

Thanks for the replies so far by the way.


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Re: 'Minimum System Requirements' new [Re: Kate_W_Bush]
      #380508 - 14/11/06 02:04 PM
The P-M 740 (1.73) is easily above the minimum spec for cpu and is a powerful cpu.
I use a Celeron M 1.5 and it is easily enough for audio & MIDI work.

Just the memory needs upgrading, DDR2 533MHz (PC4200) for this system.
Its got two memory slots,
so a 1GB stick;
or two separate 1GB sticks, making total of 2GB, taking out the 256MB.

Really surpirsed that for the price (approx £614) it only comes with 256MB as standard.

The hd is likely a 5400rpm, so that will be fine in my expreince (I stream samples, sometimes large from my 5400rpm hd).


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Re: 'Minimum System Requirements' new [Re: table for two]
      #380513 - 14/11/06 02:18 PM
Thanks!

If it only needs a bit of extra memory that's no problem- you're right about the 256mb standard RAM being a bad deal for the price (luckily I picked mine up as a factory second for considerably less than the rrp).

I'll probably be back on here in a couple of weeks trying to work out exactly which audio interface to go with along with seemingly half of the SoS forum community...



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Re: 'Minimum System Requirements' new [Re: Kate_W_Bush]
      #380544 - 14/11/06 03:13 PM
Yeah. Just that, the memory.
Checking that the upgrade is DDR2 and that its spec matches the 256 already installed, including its voltage.

With audio card, good to check the manufacturers forum and other forums to see if it has conflicts with certain motherboards or laptops.


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