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Dual boot Macbook?
Old 17th September 2011
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Dual boot Macbook?

Sorry if this has been discussed elsewhere.

I use a Macbook as a recorder with my MH boxes. Is there a way to set up another "user" so that when I record, I only have the MH stuff and the two HDDs taxing the CPU and no browsers, spotlight, no Word, no etc to take up processor power?

It would be nice to essentially toggle back and forth between using my MacBook as "my computer" and using it as a recorder.

Thanks for any tip on this.

D.
Old 18th September 2011
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If you don't open an app, it's not "taxing" the system.

To disable spotlight, in terminal:

sudo mdutil -a -i off

To re-enable:

sudo mdutil -a -i on
Old 18th September 2011
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Thanks, so I don't even need to turn off the wi-fi if I don't open a browser?

D.
Old 18th September 2011
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Hi, I use a MBP with my MIOs and while I've actually kept this computer clean (nothin except audio applications) it would be just as easy to just create another user that doesn't do anything but audio. You can disable spotlight, wifi, FW networking for that user and leave all that on for your playtime user.
Old 18th September 2011
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Originally Posted by tourtelot View Post
Thanks, so I don't even need to turn off the wi-fi if I don't open a browser?

D.
Turning off WiFi may give you a slight performance increase. Also, you don't want Time Machine backing up during a recording session.


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Hi, I use a MBP with my MIOs and while I've actually kept this computer clean (nothin except audio applications) it would be just as easy to just create another user that doesn't do anything but audio. You can disable spotlight, wifi, FW networking for that user and leave all that on for your playtime user.

Network settings, including WiFi status, are not user dependent. Time Machine settings are global as well.
Old 18th September 2011
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Thanks for this information. Shutting off Time Machine will be automatic since the Time Machine disk will be left at home. Wi-Fi is a simple mouse click. Spotlight is disabled universally on my MB.

Any other possible traps?

D.
Old 18th September 2011
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Originally Posted by tourtelot View Post
Thanks for this information. Shutting off Time Machine will be automatic since the Time Machine disk will be left at home. Wi-Fi is a simple mouse click. Spotlight is disabled universally on my MB.

Any other possible traps?

D.
Disabling journaling on your audio drive should give you slightly better write performance.
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