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Posted on Tue, Sep 11 2007 01:34
by mverta
Joined on Thu, Dec 18 2003, Posts 171
http://www.mikeverta.com/Posts/Giga_Error.mp3

I have 5 identical Gigastudios - same motherboards, same RAM, same drives, same OS/settings.This problem is occurring on only one of them; if I load the same samples and .gsp on the other systems, it plays fine.

This problem begins happening about 5 minutes into usage - when first loaded, it's fine.

During the error, CPU usage is about 3%. Of the available 2GB RAM, about 300MB is being used, with Preset #2 selected (58% RAM available total, which is about 890 MB)

I have run utilities on the drives, OS and RAM to discover if there are any errors, and none are reported. The drive is not fragmented.

Usual XP hacks, like Background Services, etc. are active. Again, this only happens on one system.

Any idea which part of the chain is failing?

Thanks for any help!

_Mike
Posted on Tue, Sep 11 2007 03:20
by PolarBear
Joined on Sun, Jul 20 2003, Germany, Posts 1206
Is it reproducable with a little less loaded into GigaStudio? Like the RAM meter indicating something less than 50% RAM used, or maybe just a single patch?

PolarBear
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Posted on Tue, Sep 11 2007 03:43
by mverta
Joined on Thu, Dec 18 2003, Posts 171
It is less than 50%, it's 300 of 890... My first thought was that it's pushing too close to the RAM overhead, but that's not it... but NO, I can't make this happen with a single patch loaded.

_Mike
Posted on Tue, Sep 11 2007 04:37
by magates
Joined on Thu, Aug 14 2003, Los Angeles CA, Posts 484
I have had similar errors before - but it's never been a thing that always happens - it's pretty rare for me but it's always been a system usage issue for me, your demanding too much from your system either too many samples loaded or too much polyphony at first it can handle it for some reason but it gets to be too much after a while for whatever reason.

Polyphony settings - pull them back a little bit - also check make sure your using the same ram settings as on the others

Don't max out your ram - 55-65% being the max in most cases. I'd keep the bar well under 50% and for testing purposes keep it under 30% - you can slowly bring it up after you've got it working at a lower level
Posted on Tue, Sep 11 2007 04:39
by magates
Joined on Thu, Aug 14 2003, Los Angeles CA, Posts 484
also turn run msconfig and turn everything back on - this has been the culprit many many times for me.
Posted on Tue, Sep 11 2007 04:45
by magates
Joined on Thu, Aug 14 2003, Los Angeles CA, Posts 484
one other thing - try putting giga pulse and any other plugins on bypass and see if that fixes it.
Posted on Tue, Sep 11 2007 06:29
by mverta
Joined on Thu, Dec 18 2003, Posts 171
All good suggestions, Matt, though I'm not using any Gigapulse/Plugins at all, my voices are at around 80, and the cpu load is 4%. msconfig already had everything turned on.

All I'm left with is the raw number of samples loaded - whether they're being used or not. (?) I can't imagine what else it is - the system just isn't being hit that hard. I'm going to keep trying to streamline things, otherwise I guess I'll have to build another rig and split the group over two computers.


_Mike
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