Originally Posted by Jinjuku
Well you can't keep painting everything with the same color and same brush. My music collection is about 750GB so no SSD.
I said it would fit on one drive and maybe SSD. Your situation is 100% compliant with what I said. I don't know anyone who has more music than fits on one hard disk. At 99 cents a track a 3 TB drive would mean purchases of 120,000 lossless audio tracks or $120,000!
I have 4TB of storage on a server that is hosting six VM's so for MY scenario it fits.
Who was discussing VMs and how is that requiring going from 750 GBytes to 4 TBytes?
I am at my laptop most of the day so ripping CD's from it while working also fits. Not sure where the aggravation part comes in.
I don't think we care what your needs are. You advised OP to do the following:
Originally Posted by Jinjuku You need to tweak your OS:
1. If the HDA has native ASIO/ASIO 2 drivers use them with J River Media Center (This is not a free product) or the like. Skip K Mixer ENTIRELY (yuck!)
2. Set XP's processor performance for background tasks
3. Use MSCONFIG (Start Menu->Run->MSCONFIG) and turn off all non essential services and start up items
4. If you can, and this is a dedicated PC for audio only (no pok(h)er sites and the such). Uninstall the Antivirus and kill any software firewalls.
Download and run DPC latency checker. Even on my modest Brazos based system I am holding steady at ~170.
Much of that is unnecessary aggravation putting aside the hassle of then ripping on a laptop which these days often means one without an optical drive. A music server is supposed to replace the functions of a dedicated CD player. Saying it will do that but then let's not use it to play or rip CDs makes no sense to me. I realize it does to you but you were not the topic of the conversation, but rather, the advise you are going to others.
I always find installing and tweaking Anti-Virus more work than not...
Fine. But if a person has one running, you told them they should disable it per above. That is what we are discussing, not what is work for you to find and install one.
Rip from the laptop and the album is on the 2.0 PC, it's on my HTPC, it's on my wifes laptop in her office with a micro-component Pioneer system, it's on my laptop, and it's on both of our iPhones. And for all this I need to rip from the 2.0 PC?
Yes, because now you require multiple PCs to be on to do this. All the while the music server sitting there, fully capable of putting a CD in it and listening to it while it is ripping it. All to avoid some issue around latency you can't quantify has anything to do with audio fidelity.
I'm not asking anyone to go esoteric. Just adjust processor scheduling and follow best practices as far as user account privs.
Why not ask them to wax the case too while they are at it?
Users should not mess with such things unless the application calls for it. And in this case, it clearly does not for the typical customer. If you are of the type in the WBF thread, then sure. Go all out. I myself run stock PCs and see no need to screw around this way.
If you want AV and a software firewall go for it. For the technically savvy it's a step one not need to take.
I am very technically savvy and I don't see the need to do so. I have better things to do than cripple machines for no reason relative to the application.
The real aggravation is having a definition file for AV software come through and all the sudden servers are running 100% and workstations are blue screening
If AV load is causing a BSOD, then you have far more serious issues than building a music server. You need to fix that first. And 100% CPU load is not an issue either given the advent of dual core CPUs and the fact that playing music requires far less than 1% of your CPU resources. Yes, if you want to be anal about it, go crazy as the WBF thread shows. But for realistic application of a music server, it absolutely is not necessary.
I think after the initial Win7 install (and updates) It took about 10-15 minutes to go through what I posted. I didn't do it for fidelity. I did it for process performance, UI performance (dumped most UI affects like Aero), and stability. I think I have restarted my 2.0 2-3 times since July when I first built it. I love just walking in and dialing up some music.
Best thing you can do to build a stable PC is to not install extra software on it besides the essentials. If you are still having crashes and having to resort to above "fixes" then you are hiding problems you must fix.
Again, keep in mind that we are commenting on your advice to OP and presumably others on what to do. I am simply saying that lowering a systems security bar in the hopes of improving its crash-worthiness in that manner is not merited.