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2007/12/11 12:53:01
davesieg
I have a system I have dedicated to just run Sonar 7PE.
It won't be connected to the Internet or even my local ethernet.
I am experiencing random clicks and pops in playback and I would like to
turn off as many of the windows services that I won't be using anyway.
Does anybody have a list of services that can safely be turned off to try
and stop random things from interrupting smooth playback on a DAW?
2007/12/11 13:03:42
Jose7822
Hey there!

Have you tried this yet?

http://www.musicxp.net/dnn/TuningTips/tabid/59/ctl/Login/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fdnn%2ftabid%2f59%2fDefault.aspx

I would start with that. All you have to do is sign up (free) to get their tips on tunning Winbdows XP (assuming that's whay you're using). After that, I would start testing with different buffers/latencies to see what's optimal with your system.


HTH
2007/12/11 13:38:09
RLD

ORIGINAL: davesieg

I have a system I have dedicated to just run Sonar 7PE.
It won't be connected to the Internet or even my local ethernet.
I am experiencing random clicks and pops in playback and I would like to
turn off as many of the windows services that I won't be using anyway.
Does anybody have a list of services that can safely be turned off to try
and stop random things from interrupting smooth playback on a DAW?



I'd look for some other reason for your pops and clicks.
There seems to be a urban myth about turning off these services.
Someone did a test a while back and came to the conclusion it made little difference and can potentially cause more trouble.
I've done them in the past, but didn't on my last system and have no problems.
2007/12/11 13:49:08
Houndawg
See this article by Martin Walker from Sound On Sound, especially the last two paragraphs.

XP Tweaks For Music

2007/12/11 14:04:51
davesieg
Wow! This forum rocks! Looks like I've got a lot of reading/experimenting/testing to do.
If I have any luck I'll report back on what made a difference!
Thanks!
2007/12/11 14:09:12
KevinD
You can always check out the task manager and see what's running. Most services that are required run very light in background. AV, Adobe's auto=updater and a few others are to look out for and you can close those out.
2007/12/11 14:11:47
ChristopherM
I'd look for some other reason for your pops and clicks.
There seems to be a urban myth about turning off these services.


+1

Assuming that you have ruled out the usual prime suspects around audio latency and disk buffers, I'd suspect PCI bus hogging (by a rogue video card or a network card) or perhaps look out for your audio card being forced to share a physical IRQ with something incompatible (typ. video card). I have never found disabling services to make any difference. (I presume here that you have no really out of the ordinary services running).

Edit - I assume that your sig is current and you do not have a multi-core processor: otherwise, I 'd suggest that you also looked for issues around multi-core scheduling.
2007/12/11 14:28:17
Oaf_Topik
Also turn everything off in the start-up menu (Run - msconfig - start up tab)
2007/12/11 16:12:14
PH68
All I've ever done is turn off the windows sounds and, when running Sonar, turn off the wireless aerial.
Otherwise it's a bog-standard XP+SP2

Never had any issues.
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