I was wondering if anyone out there has attempted to install and run GS on Windows XP platform. I saw a thread discussing XP earlier, but I don\'t think any of those people actually tried it yet...hell, I don\'t know maybe I should just buy a 98 machine just to accommodate GS and my sequencing software..anyone who has XP, please respond if you\'ve boldly gone where no GS user has gone before.haha..I appreciate your help!
My understanding is that GigaStudio will not work with Windows XP. Per a message post by Joe Bibbo a month ago:
The short answer is nothing!
The long answer:
Let me restate our position on the Windows 2K/Xp
development. I hope that it will be clear that we
would like to offer a solution that is compatible
on both version of the Os.
Whether you are talking about 2K or Xp, there
is one fundamental difference from previous
version of Windows (95,98, and ME) - the
kernel. As some of you know by now, the
GigaX technology is not a standard piece of
software. In other words it does not talk to
operating system at the
highest levels. Instead, we architected our
software to run at the lowest levels in the system
to achieve the highest possible performance.
To my knowledge, all other major sequencers and
software synthesizer/samplers currently take
a different stance.
This architectural difference is the main reason why you
can\'t just take the GigaX application and
throw it onto a Win2k or Xp system.We still stand
behind the fact that the only way to achieve
the level of performance
from the total system: the CPU, memory, and harddrive,
is to architect the software as we have done. The
bottom line is that no version of Windows: 95, 98, ME,
NT, 2k, or Xp have be designed for real-time applications.
Side bar: A real-time application is something that
has a time component that is critical. The converse of
a real-time application is a \'data-processing\' application.
For example, if you bold a word in a word processor
there is no time critical component - it is considered
a data processing application. However, if your application
is outputting 44.1kHz sampled data, if you miss even
a single sample then your audio will pop - this would be
considered a \'real-time\' application.
Ok back to my story ...
So if you are still with me and you believe everything I
have said so far, then it would be obvious that our next
step should be to move our GigaX technology into the
NT kernel, which is what both Win2k and Xp are
To do this we use a special tool provided by Microsoft
called a DDK. Everything we have learned and read about
the DDK tells us that drivers written with this DDK
will be compatible both in Windows 2k and Xp. We have
actually been working on this for the last year - no there
is not a beta ready yet. I am hoping that by the summer
we will have a beta - it just depends if I ever get
done with this email and back to coding
So why is NemeSys saying they are only supporting Xp?
Why have they forgotton the Win2k guys/gals? Well,
we haven\'t. Because of the similarity of the operating
systems, a solution on Xp should also be a solution
on Win2k. Internally, we will do all our development
and qualifcation on Xp. But I have no reason to believe
that our solution will not work on Win2k.
We will not abandon our customers. If people decide
to not migrate to Xp and to stay with 2k, then we will
support them. Just as we will continue to support the
Win 9x and ME folks.
A lot has been said about Xp, and I suspect a lot more
will be said in the future. Microsoft is keeping our
lifes very interesting these days. I just want everybody to
realize that the dust has not settled, so we all need to
be open to new ideas. Personally speaking, I
would not count Xp out yet - it is still in beta and MS
has given themselves enough room to improve
the experience. At the same time, I agree with others
that a properly configured Win9x/ME system can
provide a very stable audio environment.
I hope my babbling helps. And I hope this makes you
with the roadmap of the technology.
I am anticipating this is the end of my participation in the
Xp/2k debate at least for a while - I will be out of the
office for a few days and I don\'t know what else to say.
I will keep you posted on the availability of the beta.