Hey Indigo,Thanks. I haven't been on the mag for, I don't know, over a year now? Something like that. But yeah, I uninstalled Catalyst about two days after I got my system from Jim. That was my one mistake. I forgot to make sure the system had an NVidia display adapter in it. They've always done me right and I've never had very good luck with ATI adapters. I even uninstalled the ATI driver at one point and let Windows run its own generic driver because I was having problems and ATI drivers are pretty notorious for causing them. That turned out to be a give and take. Things ran more smooth but slowed down a bit. Then I went through the just about weekly updates to the ATI driver and finally settled on one that works pretty well. The next new driver after that made things worse. So I rolled back and haven't tried again for a few months. And I heard mixed reviews on the new NVidia adapters when I started looking into them after battling with the ATI adapter. So I guess it's all slowly turning into a crap shoot on these systems. I'm a gamblin' man, but rolling dice ain't my game. grin.
Tom On 11/14/2011 3:06 PM, Indigo wrote:
Tom, did you happen to read any of the discoveries Veronica on MidiMag and I made about yet another drag on Windoweyes, in machines with ATI Radeon graphics? You probably already knew this, but we discovered there's an ATI control panel for setting advanced gaming graphics on the system tray. In AMD's and maybe in some Intels, on Windows 7 64, it's called Catalyst Control Panel, and in an older Intel machine I have on XP, it's called ATIPAXX. Either one is totally not required for us, and it's yet another layer between Wineyes and the graphics. These Catalyst or ATIPAXX can make advanced settings in graphics cards that Windows alone can't do, but so what, not likely much use to us. Many small and large winize glitches clear up after unchecking them in msconfig, and I just uninstalled Catalyst on this machine with no ill effects. All the graphics settings we need are, of course, also set in either Personalization orEase of Access Center. If you're way ahead of us on this, please pass it along to the novices. Indigo L On 11/14/2011 12:07 PM, Tom Kingston wrote:Thanks for the kind words. I hope mine worked. Tom On 11/14/2011 11:30 AM, Indigo wrote:Thanks, Tom, been missing your wisdom and common sense. Indigo L On 11/14/2011 11:04 AM, Tom Kingston wrote:Hey Indigo, Nice to E you. Open the control panel and route your mouse to the top of the window. Go down a couple lines until you see: View by small icons. If it's not small icons left click whatever it is and a context menu will appear. Select small icons and everything should become a link and you should be able to navigate by letter. Hth, Tom On 11/14/2011 10:21 AM, Indigo wrote:Hi folks, It's great to be where folks know Winize, and can offer tips I'm wondering why I'm getting wonderful stability with Winize 7.5.1 and Windows 7 64,on my new Intel music machine, but don't get any jumping to items in the control panel when I hit the first letter of the control panel item's name. I don't ever remember that feature missing anywhere in Win7, or remember anywhere to turn it off or on. Wow, Windows sure is a peculiar beast, ain't it? When I'm burned out and ready to shut down, this other machine, AMD Phenom based; usually offers sleep as a choice. Recently it changed to hibernate instead of sleep, then reverted back to sleep the next day. I sometimes think the old science fiction plot that computers would eventually get personalities and ideas of their own may be coming about already. smile. Indigo L On 11/14/2011 6:58 AM, Chris Belle wrote:Welcoming Indigo to our little assorted motley crew 'grin'. It's a very friendly and highly motivated and productive group over here. You'll have plenty of window-eyes company too, since Ross, tom, and myself Roy, Eddy, and Megan all use window-eys. Definitely not a jaws dominated list. We've been discussing operating systems, reason, omnisphere, and everything else. I hope you stick around because your in to about everything, maybe you could give my wife some pointers on flute since you play some. She's getting the hang of it, and perhaps I can help you out with some stuf too. I just want to do it all in one place. I'll address some of your issues here about your networking concerns so everyone can benefit, and there is a systems builder here, DJX is quite knowledgeable about these things, and we haven't found a good tool to measure Tom's iq yet 'grin'. But even though it's sort of the cardinal rule not to put your music machine on line, you can disable your network at any time, in xp go to control pannel, and network connections, and local area connections, hit the file menu and it's a togggle in there. with w7, I forget the exact procedure right now, but if you type network in the search box, you'll probably find it. Everyone here is running w7 now, I'm the old die hard who's still holding out, but the old saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Let's see if the next incarnation of window-eyes is more stable with w7. but if you don't go browsing and doing unnecessary email and other junk on your music machine, it's not the worst thing in the world to have it on-line. YOu need to get a router, so you can have multiple machine on line, and that will help you be more protected too. Just using nat itself offers a little protection, and many routers have firewalls and dmz and also, I don't know if this works for w7, but I use something called drop my rights, written by microsoft or an ex employee or something, and wha that does is that anything you run through it makes you not an administrator, that's how lots of these grubbies get in, because with xp, people went surfing as an administrator, i run ie and firefox and whatever with diminished rights and we have not had any trouble since I did that. w7 of course has beefed up security, but whatever you do, don't run ie 9 it's not ready yet. Also as you know, imaging your system is very important, so you can return to a good known state. so before you do anything really important, I'd highly recommend that. Image for windows dos and linux from terrabyte is the best and most accessible with the most options for us, and is recommended by the cavvy school I forget who sponsors i, Stephie could tell you, but it's yeh sisco, that the one, but they use that and I can tell you it has saved my but more times than I could remember. If you spring for a speech synth, tom and I both like to run one, granted, it's an investment, but if you do, you will have independance with doing your own back-ups interactively. It's the only way to fly when your blind 'grin'. for those machines that don't have a com pot, you can use the linux versiion to ssh in via a network cable and control things that way, i haven't done this yet, but i know it can be done. Other blind folks are doing it. But as long as they've got serial port headers on motherboards, and we don't have talking installs like they do on the mac, you won't catch me buying a machine without one. There's also something called the weasel, which I'm poanning on getting, which gives us access to the bios. YOu don't have any pci slots though, and I don't think there's a pci express version yet. It's about 3 bills, I saw it demonstrated in one of the cavvy classes I audited, and it's great. I don't build systems as often as djx does, but I do just enough of it that at some point, it might warrant me getting something like this. It'll certainly help with configuring machines, and the most important stuff happens in the bios, like turning off that pesky real-tech card, or turning off real time event monitoring, or putting your machine in ahci mode turned off. or changing your boot record, or adjusting video memory if you have to share, and adjusting cpu throtling, that's important when configuring a daw. YOu ant to turn off all these power savin things that might cripple your machine and raise your dpc latency. 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