Just went back to Win 98 on my P3 733 machine. Was getting just as many crashes from Giga in XP and loading times were considerably longer in XP. On the average of 3-4 times longer. Plus Win 98 loads about 50% more samples.
The reason I\'m getting the second DAW, besides extra polyphony, is the crashing that I get on my main machine with XP. So if 98 at least isn\'t any WORSE for stability, i guess i\'m hearing that I should go that route for the PIII machine.
I ran Cubase on 98 since 98 came out. Hardly ever had a problem. Then I switched to 2k and, still to this day on my old P3 800, there\'s little clicks and pops that relate to the video card, which is a GForce2. That shouldn\'t happen with a GForce2, it\'s a pretty damn good video card and ran on the same 400 that never had any clicks or pops. Now I\'m on a P4 2.8GHz and have run into enough problems that I\'m thinking of rolling back to 98. I just never had the kinds of stupid little annoying problems that I get in 2k, like random samplerate changes in Sound Forge or all my 2408 settings resetting themselves to default every time I shut the computer down. The only thing I like about 2k is that you can access your control panel while your app is is still running.
From what I understand, 2k is a total about hardware and will not allow any piece of software to directly communicate with any piece of hardware, whereas 98 does, making 98 more efficient for audio. That\'s just what I heard, but it was from an IT whiz.