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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby zenguitar » Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:05 pm

Make sure you use the latest Excel file format. Or else you might lose 16,000 free VSTs that you've never got around to using.

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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby blinddrew » Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:13 pm

And i'd only discover about it next month...
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:55 pm

...when you went to trace your track ;)


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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby 2pods » Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:06 pm

I'm not quite as organised enough for the Excel thing, but coming from my old Scan W10 machine to my new 3xS Scan system (can't recommend them highly enough), I had written a text file with everything from the shortcuts on the desktop, programs on the start menu, file locations from inside Studio One 5 and Cubase for vsti etc.

With a system of once I install a piece of software on the new machine, an asterisk is placed alongside the entry in the text file which i have sitting on the new Scan's desktop. I'd also used my phone to get pics of the desktop, start menu, to refer to.

Most software was in folders on another drive, complete with serial numbers etc.
It's a bit "belt and braces", but so far it's worked like charm (touch wood). That's me pretty much done.
Hope everyone else's goes ok
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby The Bunk » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:52 am

Well mine has been a mercifully painless process although I suspect I'm not taking on a task the same size as Drew and others.
The biggest help for me in all this was the product portals for Toontrack and Izotope which made installing their (previously purchased) plug-ins (Ozones 5 and 9, EZKeys) a doddle. There was a slight issue with Ozone 5 at first but I got onto an online live chat on the Izotope site within seconds of hitting the "help" button and got that issue resolved very quickly.
I think I've hit a snag with EZDrummer 1 which Reaper doesn't want to accept (or EZD1 doesn't want to go) which is suspect is an obsolescence thing? And the same seems to have happened with my Focusrite plug-in suite which came with my 1st gen 2i2. Ho hum...more gear to buy. :D
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby blinddrew » Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:33 am

I don't think my PC is turning up today...
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby zenguitar » Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:15 am

A couple of months ago I had a problem with DPD splitting a delivery and only putting part of it on the van. My local depot has DPD drivers who drive DPD branded vans and contractors who still have the DPD fleece to wear but use white vans.

My problem was a foolish contractor who didn't have enough room on his van (or the skills to pack it properly) for all the packages he had to deliver. He was foolish because his solution was to split a delivery with 3 packages so it was immediately obvious that he's done something stupid. Still haven't decided whether or not to complain to DPD's CEO and the CEO of their parent company in France.

Of course, I may well be wrong, but it does look like someone scanning stuff on and off his van in an attempt to get everything in. Fingers crossed it arrives today.

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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby blinddrew » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:36 pm

Thanks Andy, no update yet. No big deal at the moment but will keep an eye on it.
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby blinddrew » Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:36 pm

Hmmm. It would appear to be in Portsmouth. A logical route for a delivery between Manchester and York to take. Looks like it got put on the wrong lorry. :headbang:
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby Folderol » Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:05 pm

blinddrew wrote:Hmmm. It would appear to be in Portsmouth. A logical route for a delivery between Manchester and York to take. Looks like it got put on the wrong lorry. :headbang:
Curious. I had a similar issue with a delivery recently that was supposed to be next day, but ended up 4 days :(
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby blinddrew » Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:37 pm

I've got a long weekend coming up that I was hoping to use to get it up and running. Ho hum.
Hopefully it'll get here by Friday.
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby The Bunk » Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:34 pm

I've just had a right palaver with DHL as part of my PC upgrade (which is basically me converting "studio" / spare bedroom into a home office, for which I needed a new desk and new PC). Long story short, DHL mucked the whole thing up and the company I bought the desk from got shafted. They were brilliant and offered me a full refund, which I duly accepted and received within 24 hours. I hope their gaffer gets on to DHL and gets some sort of compensation.
That said, I then ordered a desk from John Lewis which was subsequently (and promptly) delivered to me by two Eastern Europeans in no uniform and an anonymous white van.
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby blinddrew » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:10 am

A big box has arrived.
Actually it's a huge box. No worries about insufficient packing materials here...
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby Music Wolf » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:13 am

Drew

Before powering anything up double check that you have removed any internal packaging in the case. I vaguely recall that my Scan computer was packed this way.
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Re: PC upgrade - a diary

Postby blinddrew » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:07 am

Yep, that's what it says on the instructions.


And yes, i am one of those weirdos who actually reads the instruction manual. ;)
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