OK, here's the deal. Got this Pretty powerful IBM ThinkCentre M 51 8143 computer from TigerDirect. A refurb. Great deal, however it had all these bells and whistles I may not need on the same machine as Giga. Like ThinkVantage tech, updates, java plugin control panel etc. Before I got this Dell Dimension for internet, it served that purpose also, so I have all the internet stuff there too. I've since installed GS3 Orchestra and tried MOTU's 828 MKll until it flopped and I did an exchange for M-audio Audio Delta 1010 and Sonar 5 Producer Edition. I probably have somewhere in there a dll that I missed uninstalling! I've also installed a 1394 firewire card and upgraded the memory to 3.2 gigs. Installed 2 Western Digital 160 gig firewire external drives. By the way Bruce, thanks for the pros & cons of the Audio Delta 1010.
And now the meat. I've read all the horror stories about uninstalling GS3 to do a fresh install of XP and the trouble re-registering. If this is truly necessary please enlighten me as to how. Particularly the order of installation that's most likely to give success. The only programs I plan to run are GS3, Sonar5, Chicken Systems Translator Pro, Nero, I believe the version is 6.3, and a wave editor yet to be named. The external pieces will be the external drives, the Audio Delta 1010, MOTU's MidiTimepiece AV connected to the printer port. ( for running 4 samplers if necessary) and a Kurzweil K2500XL for a controller. I think zZounds is shipping the interface and Sonar on Monday, next day air so I'm hoping to at least get a start on this quickly. It's crunch time for a project, a concert featuring live musicians and sequenced strings, harps, etc. I know I won't miss all these samplers and synth modules once I'm up and running but getting there is pure hades man! Being 57 sure does help when it comes to dealing with failures but I'd sure like them to stop here!