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    Hardware Safety Guidelines For The PC Musician

    PC Musician

    The new PC interfacing standards of USB and Firewire brought with them the promise of 'hot-plugging' and easy interconnection. But some musicians have discovered, to their cost, that the reality doesn't always live up to the promise. We investigate...

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    DIY PC Fault-finding

    PC Notes

    If youre having problems with your setup, a methodical approach can save frustration. PC Notes offers some advice.

    Techniques Jul 2005
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    Hard Drive Defragmentation

    PC Musician

    Does defragmenting your hard drives, including the ones you use for recording audio, really result in better PC performance? Opinion is divided, so we take a considered look at the subject, as well as testing some of the most suitable 'defragger' utilities.

    Techniques Jun 2005
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    From 32-bit To 64-bit

    PC Notes

    The magic number of 64 is gradually working its way into all aspects of our PC experience: processors from both AMD and Intel, the Windows XP OS, hardware drivers, and — coming soon — 64-bit music apps. But what should we be aware of as we consider the transition from 32-bit?

    Techniques Jun 2005
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    Maximum RAM

    PC Notes

    If you are tempted to approach the dizzy heights of 4GB of RAM in your PC, as supported by most motherboards, there are a few things to bear in mind.

    Techniques May 2005
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    Removing Unwanted PC Device Drivers

    PC Musician

    Most hardware devices you use with your PC require drivers — but what happens to them and their associated files when you change the hardware or update to new drivers? Unfortunately, they hang about in various locations, cluttering your hard drive and storing up problems for the future. We explain how to make a clean sweep and get rid of them once and for all.

    Techniques Mar 2005
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    PC Processing Power

    PC Notes

    Is PC processing power finally matching the aspirations of PC musicians? PC Notes debates the issue, as well as bringing you another crop of news, tips and ideas.

    Techniques Mar 2005
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    Should Musicians Install XP Service Pack 2?

    PC Notes

    The Windows XP Service Pack 2 is out, and it offers valuable bug fixes as well as enhanced Internet security measures. But as reports of a few audio-related problems surface, should musicians go ahead and install it?

    Techniques Nov 2004
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    Longhorn & Harbal

    PC Notes

    The Harbal EQ-matching program benefits from some worthwhile tweaks. We report them, and discuss some new information about Longhorn: the next incarnation of the Windows OS.

    Techniques Jul 2004
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    Page File: The Great Controversy

    PC Notes

    We return to the great Page File controversy of 2003... as well as keeping you stocked with the usual cocktail of PC news and tips.

    Techniques Mar 2004
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    PC Musician Jargon Buster

    PC Musician

    If you are relatively new to PC music, it can seem like a maze of acronyms and mystifying computer-related terms — so here's a useful glossary to clear up any confusion.

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    Running Legacy Software Under Windows XP

    PC Musician

    Do you have elderly Windows or MS-DOS software that refuses to run under Windows XP? If so, there may still be a way to get it working. Find out how...

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    Recovering Lost Files

    PC Notes

    Ever accidentally thrown away computer data that you should have kept? This month we have the technology, and we can rebuild it.

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    Windows XP Media Center

    Cutting Edge

    With the release in the UK of XP Media Center Edition, Microsoft aim to make Windows PCs a modern equivalent of the radiogram — the heart of a complete music and video home. entertainment system.

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Installing A New PC Motherboard: The SOS Guide

    PC Musician

    The beauty of PCs is that they are highly upgradeable. Swapping out your old motherboard for a new one, for example, is a feasible prospect for increasing performance without buying a whole new machine. If you're considering the process, though, there's a lot to bear in mind...

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Windows XP Page File

    PC Notes

    It's a fair bet that many Windows XP musicians don't even know they have a page file, let alone where it is or what effect it could have on their recording. We reveal all.

    Techniques Oct 2003
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    Cutting Edge

    Changes to Windows and PCs

    With big changes afoot for Windows and PCs in the medium term, we get the inside track on what they could mean for musicians.

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Cutting Edge

    Media2Go; Windows Media Centre Edition; NAB

    We investigate two new technologies from Microsoft that could change the way we use audio and video for entertainment; plus, as video becomes more pervasive in the music technology market, we look at some of the latest announcements from NAB.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Eliminating PC Audio Glitches

    PC Musician

    Few things are more frustrating than unwanted clicks and pops in your recorded audio. But what are the main causes, and how can they be eliminated?

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Specifying A PC For Your Needs

    PC Musician

    You know what you want your computer to be capable of. So how do you decide what combination of CPU, memory and hard drives will make this possible?

    Techniques Jun 2003
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    The Musician's Guide To PCI Slots & Interrupts

    Hitting The Slot

    Which PCI slots you use for your expansion cards can make the difference between a music computer that runs flawlessly and one plagued by clicks, pops, crackles and interference.

    Techniques May 2003

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