I was looking at Dell\'s download site at the new A13 BIOS which is the latest version available for the Inspiron 8100. I could not find any reference to fixing the \"fan interrupt\" problem in the release notes.
I\'ve spoken to two tech support reps and no one is even aware that there was a fan related problem in the first place--no less that it has been fixed in the latest BIOS.
I\'m excited that this problem has finally been addressed but I\'d really appreciate if you could share the source of the information regarding the fan interrupt fix.
It sounds plausible, although I\'m not sure if the z65 Beta BIOS version named in Anders Hannus\' post on Wed, 25 Jul 2001 is the same as BIOS version A13 dated 8.1.2001 that I downloaded and loaded this morning (http://support.dell.com/us/en/fileli...rchtype=filter)
--or, as you suggest, a future version that will become available on September 3rd. I hope you\'re correct!
I have not begun using the 8000 for GSt---I\'m waiting for the release of the PC card interface option for my Layla24.
I was wondering, would you mind sharing any other experiences you might have had with this machine running GSt that I should know about or tweak to optimize its performance?
IEEE1394 is fast enough for many digital audio apps and even if you have a MOTU 828 firewire audio device (total bus is 50MB/sec or 400Mbits/sec). The MOTU828 is GSIF compatible (for GigaStudio 2.2; not GigaSampler 1.5/6). I found the data transfer rates faster on my Firewire drive than on the internal Dell8000 hard drive. But as you know that\'s not everything, and I doubt that Firewire could offer that 8-9ms seek time that Giga loves. It may be sufficient for live use, say 32 voices. I would probably go with using VSampler which is more of a memory-resident PC sampler (although it does offer disk-streaming now).
Unfortunately I got rid of my Dell Inspiron 8000 because of the notorious fan/audio glitch bug. I\'m not sure I would ever buy Dell again after finding out that terrible design after I plunked $3K down on their high-end laptop!
well for one thing, I never saw a way to disable ACPI so that these Dell 8000\'s end up sharing about 10 devices on one IRQ! And of course it always seems to assign audio with the video or something equally horrible.
Here is a response I got from a trusted computer builder regarding firewire/laptops/giga.
>>I talked to you on the phone recently about the DELL Inspiran as a Laptop
>>solution for audio. You mentioned connecting a IEEE hard drive to the
>>laptop for the storage of the audio. Does IEEE stream fast enough to get
>>10 tracks going smoothly?
Shouldn\'t be a problem, The Glyph models are tested with 24-tracks.
>>If so, then is putting Gigasamples on another IEEE drive a possibility as
>>well? This would mean two HD connected via IEEE to the laptop...one for
>>audio...one for Giga (with the 1.3 GigaHertz and probably 512MB RAM in
That\'s what I would do, always best to have a separate drive for Samples.
However, they will be sharing a fixed amount of Firewire Bandwith, so there
may still be a degree of bottleneck\"
Maybe a solution is to find a laptop with two IEEE ports....does one exist?