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I need Some ProDAW advice regarding PCI express and Sony Vaio Notebooks
Old 3rd July 2005
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I need Some ProDAW advice regarding PCI express and Sony Vaio Notebooks

I'm looking at getting a light weight (read under 2kg) notebook solution.
SONY do a Vaio 13.3" 1.89Kg's model with battery.
It has everything I need.
Sonoma 2ghz / 533mhz FSB / 2mg Cache / PCMCIA / 4 USB2.0 /4 pin Firewire (for my external Audio drive etc etc.
Here's my only concern is uses PCI express GX700 graphics with "TurboCache".
What this technically means is that the Graphics card has on board dedicated graphics processing 64meg on chip but uses a set 64meg only (never any more) of system ram for caching faster 3d computer renders and intensive graphics applications.
All the processing itself comes from the main chip.
Now if I expand this system too 1.5meg I cant see there being any RAM issues.
That is PCI epxress X700 graphics with TurboCache a big no go for a portable DAW system ?
Will it drain needed system resources for effective DAW work ?
Can TurboCaching be disabled on system install in anyway ?
I checked the system bios and it definately can't be disabled there.
So it is obviously an installed feature on a Driver level.
Should I look at another lightweigth make or model ?
If so what are peoples suggestions.
Anything in an IBM over a standard Centrino (ie: higher than a T42P) is a good 1k + dearer than anything else out there (for some reason).
And I really want the benefits a faster system bus and larger cache give to the sonoma over the older centrino.
So I need some sage industry ADVICE fast from people with experience in pro-end mobile laptop solutions.
Old 3rd July 2005
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laptop technology is changing very fast.
in THEORY the turbo feature should be fine.
the MOST IMPORTANT THING with buying a laptop is testing out your audio software and external firewire or usb solution with it BEFORE YOU BUY IT,
or ensure a money refund policy in case (and normally its the external sound)
doesnt play nice.
In summary - testing is your friend. and saves buying headaches.
If your not running a boatload of plug ins/tracks ive seen laptops at 800 bucks
that might get the job done for you. particularly if you swap out the internal slow hard drive for a faster 7200 rpm one. BUT _ BIG CAVEAT _ BUYER BEWARE tests before buying !
Old 3rd July 2005
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You migth disable it on Windows Services Pannel or not install it at all, install only the drivers, this is a resource hog, but you can disable it, on the BIOS you can adress the size of the memory to share , i believe mine shares nothing at all.
manning1 is rigth, test it and see if fullfills your requirements, were i live there is a policy of returning anything whithin a month period but other countries have diferent rules.

I like my laptop, infact i´m a little proud, but i think i was foolish, i could have spent my money a little better: A vacation, new clothes and pay some debts.
Frankly it defeats the portable paradigm, i can´t take it out of the studio without thinking i´m strolling with €2700 plus the software, this is too much to worry for a simpleton such as I, but Sony technology comes at a price, well frankly all the bloatware such as: Norton, Adobe, MS and many more i wouldn´t want to see on my drive concur to the final price.
I don´t know if there are better alternatives, i´m fully satisfied, but if i known abot anything performing like the VAIO at a cheaper price i would get it instead, and i think there are a lot .

for starters check you end up with a lot more configuration possibilities, tweaked for audio work by specialists and priced more within reason,
they could be uglier, but you ain´t a Mac user, ain´t you???
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