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Re: Windows laptop recommendation needed

Read up at the Bidule forum on how far Bidule has come on the 64 bit
version. The people at Plogue will give you the best briefing.

Last time I used Bidule was a few years back and I remember its 64 bit
version was almost unusable and with the 32 bit version the support
for multiple cores was also very flaky. I could only make it run well
in single core mode, but that's a kind of waste with today's powerful
i7 laptops.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:28 PM, Robert Craig Thomas
<robert@robertcthomas.com> wrote:
> I've been using a Lenovo T500 15" screen w 1680 resolution with 4gb at
> 25.3ghz on Windows 7 - 64bit all with good success, running Mobius 
> inside of
> Ableton Live (Ableton 32-bit because of Mobius) and within Ableton 
> running
> Kontakt with 4-6 instruments loaded (I use an EWI) plus various 3rd party
> plugins... and it's been running with even the tiniest burp.  The T500 
> can
> apparently take 8gb of memory, but 4gb memory Simms are expensive (and 
> I'm
> cheap) and it runs fine as is.
> I've also used a Lenovo T61 15" 1680 resolution w4gb mem, Win7 64bit with
> good success, but I like the T500 better.  I use a firewire interface
> (Saffire) but always with a PCMCIA TI Firewire card, disabling the 
> built-in
> firewire interface.
> Got the T500 on ebay (with 2gb mem) for €160 and the T61 (w 2gb mem) 
> also on
> Ebay for €115.
> Windows 8 is on one of my older T60machines, but I don't really like it 
> much
> and I've found no clear advantages over Win7 while using it so far.
> Just my two cents... for free ;-)
> On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM, Michael Peters <mp@mpeters.de> wrote:
>> I've been using Bidule on a Sony Vaio with 32bit Windows Vista for some
>> years and I'm thinking of getting a new laptop, Windows 7 or 8. I would 
>> use
>> it primarily for music, mostly for Bidule, sometimes also for Ableton 
>> Live.
>> The old Vista laptop works fine in principle, with two related problems:
>> 1. I use many 3rd party VST plugins. They all run ok but something about
>> them (their memory management I guess) is often not stable and 
>> especially in
>> large setups, this leads to Bidule crashing or hanging when I close 
>> Bidule.
>> Sometimes Bidule hangs so bad I have to unplug USB devices to make the
>> process go away. After this, it often takes several attempts to make 
>> all the
>> USB devices work correctly again. Of course, this is not something you 
>> want
>> to happen in a live situation. Actually it would be nice if I could make
>> several smaller specialized setups and switch between them for different
>> pieces, but that is not reliable enough, so I ended up basically using 
>> one
>> HUGE setup that contains everything I might ever need, so I don't have 
>> to
>> switch.
>> 2. Of course the big downside of this approach is that many plugins eat 
>> up
>> processor power even when I don't need them. Going close to or beyond 
>> 100%
>> processor usage happens often. Of course this is also something you 
>> don't
>> need in a live situation.
>> So, a new machine with more power. I don't want Apple machines for 
>> several
>> reasons that don't need to be discussed here, so:
>> - Windows 7 or 8 ?
>> - 32bit or 64bit?  I think most of the plugins I use are 32bit. Is 
>> there a
>> downside to using a 64bit Windows and 64bit Bidule anyway?
>> - What are the technical parameters that would make Bidule most happy?
>> - My old laptop was heavy. Are there ultrabooks that are fast enough?
>> - Any recommendations?
>> 1000 thanks
>> -Michael
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