Hello compatriots in audio production,
I'm new here, not new to Audio!! I have a favor to ask. Any ideas are welcome (except switch to mac )
Here is my dilemma,
This has been my main production system since I built it in 2007,
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHZ
4.0 GB Ram
250gb SATA system drive
500 GB Sample streaming drive
Marvell RAID 10 (for Audio)
MOTU 424 PCIe
MOTU 2408 MK III (x1)
MOTU 2408 MK II (x2) (for lightpipe and TDIF I/O 24 channels each)
XP 32 SP 2
In early January I decided to book a week off, Do a BIOS update (which was supposed to fix an internal conflict in the D975XBX2 between the Marvell RAID controller and the onboard LAN) and install Win 7 64 so I could get the advantages of the extra RAM and move into the 21st century. I even had the "foolproof" backup plan of having my main system drive (solid now these past couple of years) in my hands outside of the box as I started the rebuild with Win 7 on a completely different hard drive.
It is now late Feb. and I have no working system @ all. Somehow????? the BIOS update corrupted my "Safe" XP build ( I finally gave up and put it back in and promptly killed it with a BSOD????) now I am in a real pickel trying to decide where to go next.
I just cannot get the MOTU 424PCIe to live in a 64 bit system. I have borrowed a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R with the intention if I could get it running I would just buy one of these (it seems a very highly rated DAW MOBO) and am having random BSOD's with nothing installed in it but an ATI HD 4350 video card and the PCIe 424. Same for the Intel MOBO in my old rig. I could not get the 424 to install at all on either MOBO with the MSI (Nvidia) N9500GT that was in the i7 machine when I borrowed it. ATI does allow the install but the systems are totally unstable.
I can move away from the MOTU gear but my production style involves a LOT of light pipe I/O and this system works great (72 channels of I/O) to route external computers running soft synths and a Yamaha 02R v2 via TDIF.
Is there anyone out there who is running a 424 on an i7 or a Core 2 duo in a 64 bit environment? What MOBO are you using?? I also need to have a RAID 10 and my UAD1 and UAD 2 installed on this rig so I know I'm asking a lot . . .
I have talked to MOTU and it seems they have no in house people running i7s yet (they are checking with their PC beta people??) and I hate to purchase a MOBO that is 4 year old technology (and go back to 32 bit) just to get this rig running so I can generate some $. But I will do this if I have to.
If any of you out there have any suggestions or questions that may help to get me back on track I'll be ever so grateful and looking forward to long and mutually beneficial relationships encouraging us all to better art!
DEAD ONE * Main System / Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / 2.4 GHZ / 8.0 GB Ram / MOTU 424 PCIe / MOTU 2408 MK III (x1) / MOTU 2408 MK II (x2) / XP 32 SP3 / Marvell RAID 10 / UAD -1 & 2 / Cubase 4/5 / Nuendo 4
Slave System / Athlon Opteron 148 / 3.8 GHZ / 2.0 GB Ram / MOTU 424 PCI / MOTU 2408 MK I (ADAT I/O only) / XP 32 SP 2 / RAID 10 / Cubase 3 (For realtime software synths)
Mobile system / Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 / 2.1 GHZ / 4.0 GB Ram / RME Hammerfall II W/ HDSPE Express Card / ASIO 4 ALL V2.10 beta 1 / XP32 SP3 / Vista 64 / Cubase 4/5 / Nuendo 4