Working on a laptop

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  1. Bokusound

    Bokusound New Member

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    Not sure if this is the right place to be asking this but here it goes...

    I am an English guy living in Australia 'temporarily' (hence working on laptop). Before I came I got a new laptop and installed Cubase 6.5 onto it with Komplete 8 so I would have something to get ideas down. The laptop is nothing special just a $600 Toshiba satellite running Windows 7 4 gig RAM.

    Im finding that sometimes when I have a Cubase project open the laptop crashes, so I thought... mmm... there is not enough RAM? so I topped it up to 12gig and same thing is happening... So Is there anything else I should be doing to this laptop to get it running better?

    And no I cant through it away and cant afford a mac :( and if I could what about my old vst plugins? lol
     
  2. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    That's actually a pretty good machine, you've got the i7/quad-core so your system should be handling the CPU load without any problems.

    A couple questions:
    1. Are you using Windows 7 64-bit or 32-bit? With 64-bit, you can go past the 3GB RAM limitation.
    2. Does the crashing occur at a specific point when you're working? For example, when you're using a lot of tracks, a specific plugin, etc. or does it simply crash at random?
    3. Have you disabled the usual CPU hog suspects like Wi-Fi, AntiVirus software, and any non-system essential background processes?
    4. Apple Logic has an option to define the amount of cores used for processing. Does 6.5 support this and if so, how many cores is it set to? Quad-core should be 8 max. If you find this option and it's set to 8, try switching to 4. If it's set to 4, try switching to 8.
    5. What audio interface are you using?

    I haven't used Cubase a couple years so I wish I could help you more specifically. I'll try atleast to help figure out if it's a system issue.

    Cheers.
     
  3. Bokusound

    Bokusound New Member

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    1: When the laptop was new and I went through the windows 7 install I chose 32 bit instead of 64 just because it said its best to choose 32 if your using old plugins, my brother is in windows 7 64 bit and some of my old synths didn't work on his computer. No way of changing to 64 bit now is there? Tbh I dont mind about loosing the old synths now I purchased Komplete so if there is a way of changing it that would be cool. (as you can see im not computer genius) :)

    2: Cubase crashes on projects where I have about 4 instruments playing.

    3: Im using the laptop for internet aswell so have to use wifi and anti virus ect.

    4: ok :)

    5: Should I be using an audio interface? If so any recommendations and how do they work?

    Thank you sir!
     
  4. Attire

    Attire Last Winter

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    I don't think you can change to 64bit without reinstalling windows.
    And, whilst you need wifi, do you need it whilst producing?
    Try disabling it and the anti virus whilst you are running cubase and see if it makes a difference.
     
  5. elmaruk

    elmaruk slannndaaaaaaar

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    If anything is cracked then that is why. Massive is a slut for that, I have a legit Cubase but a cracked copy of Massive. Many times Massive crashed my Cubase. Since I've stopped using it I've not had 1 crash.

    Perhaps it could be a similar story for what ever instruments your using.
     
  6. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    See responses above in red.
     
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