Hi everyone. I know that this Giga memory stuff has been discussed a million times and believe me, to my knowledge, I have read everything on this forum about it. But I have questions I just can't figure out.
I worked with the Giga configuration management utility and found that with Preset #4 I got the most useable memory when running the test. It was 845Mb (55%). I have 3Gb of memory in my machine but I know that only 2Gb will really be used. But I don't think 845Mb is really in the ballpark of what I keep reading other people are getting (>1Gb). I can't figure out why. Could it be that I just need to try more values for the registry fields? Which ones?
I recently bought TBO and that's what got me going with all this stuff. I was not able to load the .gsi files provided, although I could load some of the .gig files. This was with preset #4 as I said.
Today I tried the Mattias utility to set values in the registry because I didn't know if it used the same values as the Giga utility and figured I'd give it a try. But a strange thing happened. When I used preset #2 from that utility, I got the best results, although still far from stirling. 725Mb, again using the Giga utility to do the testing. Less than with the preset of the Giga utility. The TBO .gsi files would still not load, which didn't surprise me. But here's the odd part. When I used preset #1 from that utility, the Giga utility only reported about 550Mb useable. However, suddenly the .gsi files would load, at least one at a time.
So this has me baffled. A setting that tells me I have less useable memory allows me to load something I couldn't load with a setting that said I had more useable memory. With preset #4 from the Giga utility, the one that told me I had 845Mb useable memory, I started loading things and watched the task manager screen for the size of msg32.exe. When I got the message 'Unknown System Error - Do you want to continue?', the Giga memory meter showed 55%, exactly what it had said I could use, the the task manager screen showed that msg32.exe was at 920Mb. Is the difference the part of msg32.exe that is not the samples?
I never knew when I decided to try my hand at Gigastudio that it would get so damn complicated at the system level. I knew the learning curve to actually produce music with it would be pretty steep for me but all this memory stuff and vendor files not loading for me that load for other people and BSOD's just because I got an error. I really don't know where to turn to sort this all out. I have been working with Worra on the TBO problem and he is sort of baffled as to why the .gsi files won't load when the .gig files will. He has suggested that I rebuild all the .gsi files one at a time, and while this method might actually work for me, I don't like having to do it without understanding why. It's a fair bit of work I shouldn't have to do. And I really don't understand the files loading with a memory configuration that indicates less available memory and not loading with one that indicates more available memory.
Should I be trying other registry parameter values besides just those in the Giga utility and the Mattias utility? Could the fact that I have 3GB of physical memory in the machine have some adverse affect on all of this? Are there other parameters in Giga that I perhaps don't have configured well? I have checked out many sites about XP tweaks for DAWs and I think I pretty much have everything set the right way as far as XP is concerned. I don't know if I have every service shut down that I possibly could but I have certainly gone through them and adjusted settings according to recommendations.
Can some of you PLEASE help me to make sense of all this?
Thanks ......... Rob