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    Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    I realize that in a perfect world, one wouldn't want either of these applications on their GS machine - but unfortunately, I'm not living in that world, and neither is GS for that matter.

    So, aside from the obvious measures to disable, or at least control, automatic virus and firewall updates and scans - and the fact that you generally just don't want anything else running in the background on a GS machine - is there anything I should know that will really cause me to regret installing, and carefully setting-up, Norton A/V and Personal Firewall on my GS computer?

    Thanks

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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    I'm sure you've seen the yellow sheet in the GS3 package, but just in case it slipped by you, it's all below on this post...but how reliable this is remains relative, as UK Giga support told me that, for instance, the Outlook Express mention on this list is somewhat irrelevant and having O.E installed on the same copmputer isn't a problem...(!)
    hope that confuses you only a little more...;-|
    B


    GigaStudio 3.00 Known Issues

    September 7, 2004 -- new items in blue

    Following are comments regarding known issues at the time of GigaStudio 3.00 shipping that you may run into.

    GigaStudio 3 Application

    * GS2 and GS3 cannot be installed on the same machine.

    The GS3 performance file contains many new parameters not found in GS2. If you open any GS2 performances in GS3, save the GS3 versions separately – do not overwrite the GS2 versions unless you have them backed up.

    * Performance files do not restore correctly when saved while a DSP Station channel is solo’d. Clear all solos before saving a performance.
    * DSP Station Insert FX must be added/removed in order – it is only possible to remove the most recently loaded FX.
    * The sorting of presets in the GigaPulse UI is not in order.
    * DSP Station Dynamics & EQ channel strip FX produce a small click when enabled/disabled and their settings are modifying the signal’s gain.
    * Changing hardware settings while GigaPulse is running may cause GigaStudio to Crash. It is recommended that hardware settings changes be made without a performance loaded.
    * If a stacked instrument .gsi file is loaded that contains instruments that are already loaded, they will be in the wrong stack order.

    GSI performances built when the entire GigaPiano-II .gig file is loaded, load with extra instances of GigaPulse. The workaround is to load the individual instrument from within the GigaPiano-II .gig file and build your .gsi performance from that. Some stacked instruments may produce audio artifacts. The workaround is to use linked MIDI ports instead of instrument stacking. In order for the correct sound to always be heard on FX coupled instruments (GigaPulse encoded instruments), the ability to bypass FX in the MIDI Mixer is currently disabled. This is in contradiction to the FX button behavior noted in the GS3 Manual. Do not use “Save as…” on a GigaPulse encoded instrument from the GigaStudio Instrument Editor. Doing so may cause the instrument to be unplayable. You may notice that the MIDI Mixer meters stick on when GigaPiano-II is loaded but not being played. GigaPiano-II has a sample that is triggered for damper OFF (D#8) and a different one for damper ON (D8). It only sends the note off for the opposite sample when the damper is pressed or released, so effectively there is always a note ON. Solo is not working properly on stacked instrument masters in the MIDI Mixer. DSP Station channel strip dynamics are not available on non-SSE processors. DSP Station channel strip EQs are not available on non-SSE processors. Do not change hardware buffer settings while GigaStudio is playing audio. Doing so may crash GigaStudio. Sometimes instruments within a Gig file appear in the wrong order. The workaround is to rebuild the QuickSound database. If convolution encoded instrument is copied onto a GS3 system without its associated .gx99 file, a “No Banks Found” error message will be displayed upon loading the instrument. Always be sure to keep .gx99 files together with their .gig files. Sending MIDI note information to GigaStudio while it is loading an instrument can cause unwanted sound output. Always wait for an instrument load to complete before sending MIDI note information. Note that this does not apply to program changing between loaded instruments.


    New Issues Found Since Release
    When installing GS3 for the first time, do not press Restore Now at the Registration Wizard screen. Doing so may cause the machine to get into an un-registerable state until a clean Windows install is performed. “Restore Now” is designed to restore the registration of a previously registered GS3. “Restore Now” has no relation to GS2. Several of the text boxes in the system configuration dialog allow illegal input that crash the app when applied. For example, typing 9999 in the Number of Mixer inputs" box in the Mixer/Disk Engine tab of the System Settings menu. GigaPiano-II .gsi files should only be loaded Port 1, Channel 1. Stacking instruments that have release triggers may cause the release triggers to not be played. The workaround is to use linked ports. The HELP button in GigaPulse is not working. The workaround is to use the main app Help menu. The DONE button in the GigaPulse Impulse Set Creator window is bringing up the Save dialog instead of closing the window. The workaround is to press Cancel once you’re done. Pressing Cancel after clicking the New Performance icon resets the DSP Station and MIDI Mixer settings to default.

    Hardware Compatibility

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    * Hyper Threading is not supported at this time and should be disabled in your computer’s BIOS.

    Dual processor machines are not supported at this time. 64-bit processors are not supported at this time. Testing has revealed an incompatibility between GS3 and the SanDisk USB SmartMedia Drive. This drive should not be connected to your GS3 computer. Testing has revealed possible incompatibilities between GS3 and the TC PowerCore. This device should not be connected to your GS3 computer. Do not include the TC PowerCore plug-in directory in the GS3 VST scanning paths.

    Third Party Compatibility

    * Known incompatible VST plug ins:

    * Steinberg Tools One
    * Yamaha Vocal Rack
    * NI Absynth – If this is on your GS3 machine, ensure that it is not in the GigaStudio 3 VST search path. (NOTE: GS3 does not support VST instruments)
    * Any plug-in that has no UI of its own (relies on the VST generic UI)


    Properly implemented GSIF2 drivers are required for GigaStudio to recognize named audio ports such as “Analog” or “ADAT”.

    * GigaStudio MIDI ports do not appear in the Pro Tools sequencer. The workaround is to use ReWire MIDI ports.
    * GSIF2 MIDI is only supported on combination Audio/MIDI interfaces that have implemented GSIF2. MIDI-only interfaces do not support GSIF2 MIDI.
    * Do not stop the audio engine while in ReWire mode. If you do, the ReWire device will have to be re-initialized.

    Steinberg's Clean 5 cannot be installed on the same computer as GigaStudio 3. Do not run Microsoft Outlook on the same computer as GigaStudio 3.


    GigaPiano-II and GigaPiano-II LE

    If you hear popping in the audio as the sustain damper pedal is moved up and down:
    Try increasing the audio buffer size in your sound card driver (See your sound card documentation for details on changing GSIF buffer size). In the GigaPiano-II and GigaPiano-II LE, the dynamic damping of the convolution model causes momentary changes in the real time computing cpu loading. On some sound cards, if the buffer setting is too small, the audio can become overrun with momentary changes in read/write position. A more robust setting (i.e. larger hardware buffer size) is recommended for increased reliability in the audio output.

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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    The solution is to setup two profiles, one with networking, firewall etc., and the other with all that stuff turned off, so your system is optimized for audio. When your system boots, it defaults to one setup (called profile) if you want the other, you simply select it. Works like a charm. (This is for XP Pro, probably can do the same with other OS's.
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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    That's the ticket.

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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    i would simply try to install a firewall like zonallarm with an integratet virusscanner and while using GS3 i would dissable it.
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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    Thanks everyone. I did check the known issue but found no references to Norton apps.

    I actually have a dual boot machine just for this reason.

    My GS boot drive is a fresh Xp install, with just the minimum apps that I might need to access while using GS. However, as I find myself constantly referencing this forum while trudging through new features - or researching "bugs" or "bad behaviour" that other users have discovered, I end up on the Internet more often than not. Hence the desire to have the Norton apps loaded on this boot drive.

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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    There is a nice free program called Start Up Control Panel at www.mlin.net.
    You can make changes and enable or disable start up programs.

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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    Quote Originally Posted by Lougheed
    The solution is to setup two profiles, one with networking, firewall etc., and the other with all that stuff turned off, so your system is optimized for audio. When your system boots, it defaults to one setup (called profile) if you want the other, you simply select it. Works like a charm. (This is for XP Pro, probably can do the same with other OS's.
    Are profiles the same as adding new Users in Win XP? I'm not clear about this process nor am I a XP know it all. Can someone please detail how one exactly creates two profiles. One for music one for other stuff. Thank you.

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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    I just use the WinXP built-in firewall and can browse the web or run an FTP client while running GS3 no problem via the studio LAN.

    Messing around now with WinXP SP2, so far no problems.

    I don't download a bunch of junk on the GS3 machine.

    G

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    Re: Antivirus & Firewall Software - Is it Safe

    Quote Originally Posted by panzerD
    Are profiles the same as adding new Users in Win XP? I'm not clear about this process nor am I a XP know it all. Can someone please detail how one exactly creates two profiles. One for music one for other stuff. Thank you.
    After you have finished booting, press F1 for help. Type in "hardware profile" in the search, then select "create a hardware profile".

    As to what to turn off, for the audio profile, check out http://www.musicxp.net/

    And of course use Ghost (or the equivalent) on a regular basis, and always BEFORE you install something.
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