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Original Message 1/24             30-Nov-04  @  02:48 AM   -   Tell me about your laptop setup.

Optofonik (AKA_Mick_Rhyze_etc.)

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I want to know everything.



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Message 2/24             30-Nov-04  @  03:45 AM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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none. next?



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Message 3/24             30-Nov-04  @  09:44 AM     Edit: 30-Nov-04  |  09:45 AM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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Ok, in the spirit of getting things going... as some of you know Darkstate is going live next year and alongside our drummers and vocalists, we're bringing back in a bass player (double bass if possible) and "guest guitarists"... the rest of the work is gonna be done by me using a laptop runnin XP and Live V4, two Kenton Control Freaks and my Z1 (on controller and lead synth duties)

I've done a fair bit of research so far and as I'm quite happy with my studio PC setup, so finding the perfect laptop in terms of accoustic noise/battery life/portability etc. isn't as much of a concern.

I've got my eyes on getting some kind of AMD Athlon64 3000DTR to 3400DTR based lappy which comes with 1Gb RAM and an 80GB 5400RPM drive (which isn't perfect but should be ok).. factoring in "rip-off Britain" prices, I should hopefully be buying it for less than 1000... what do you think??

In benchmarks and various reviews, this thing should give me the most bang for the buck.. Centrino based lappys are smaller, quieter etc. but that's not so much of a concern for me (unless you good folk can think of an overriding reason that is?)

Marc_D



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Message 4/24             30-Nov-04  @  02:25 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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PlV 3.06ghz Rock laptop ( http://www.rock-direct.com )

512mb ram, 80gb HD, DVD-RW, 17" WXGA widescreen , 128mb Radeon graphics, 533FSB, 2 USB2 ports, Firewire, Bluetooth.

used with an M-Audio Ozone for audio recording (mostly at 48,000khz)

Main problem is only 2 USB ports. Added on a PCMCIA card for extra 2 USB's.


sox

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Keep us informed when you're going live Marc. I've only been hassling you for about 3 years to do it!!!



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Message 5/24             30-Nov-04  @  02:50 PM     Edit: 30-Nov-04  |  02:51 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

dARKSTATe

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Nice lappy Bobby. May I enquire as to how much? I think I want the RAM as opposed to the harddrive coz I'll be hammering LIVE and the ram-preload option it has for clips is rather nice for performance (provided you've got the memory of coz!)

As for going live, you betcha mate - I'll be screaming it from the rooftops (quitely!)

Actually, I've been meaning to give you a bell for ages to catch up on stuff...

Marc_D



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Message 6/24             30-Nov-04  @  03:46 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

sox

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Hi Marc.

I paid approx. 1850 for it last October (2003). I know that the newer model has an 800mhz FSB and will take up to 2gb ram (mine maxes at 1gb).
It'll set you back just over 1500 incl. VAT. Amazing how laptop prices have fallen at least 300 over the year.

sox

Looking forward to seeing it live...maybe even closer to SW9 than Guildford!



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Message 7/24             03-Dec-04  @  10:49 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

Optofonik (AKA_Mick_Rhyze_etc.)

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Sox, dARKSTATe, thanks.

Psy, "Piss off."

Anyone else out there using a newer lappy? I'm hearing good things about the Centrino but better things about the Athlons regarding their having superior floating point processing than Intel. Considering that I'm still using my PIII I imagine that almost anything will impress me but I want to be able to milk the next one just as dry for as long as possible.

Thanks again.



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Message 8/24             06-Dec-04  @  11:07 AM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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As I understand it, Centrino based lappys will run quieter and for longer off battery life and you'll get decent enough performance!

The prices of a bunch of Centrino lappys have just come down by quite a bit (presumably to make way for the next wave) as have the Athlon 64 based systems.

Personally, I'm going Athlon 64 coz noise and batterylife isn't a concern for what I wanna do..



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Message 9/24             06-Dec-04  @  05:52 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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Ditto, about the battery life. I plug in wherever I land.



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Message 10/24             06-Dec-04  @  06:51 PM     Edit: 06-Dec-04  |  06:52 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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"I plug in wherever I land."

well well, you international manwhore.... good work!



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Message 11/24             06-Dec-04  @  08:29 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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lol... thasts even worse than agent mulder saying: "help me solve the mystery of the horney beast"!

i bet you could write a cheeky song arount that tho  



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Message 12/24             12-Dec-04  @  07:59 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

Optofonik (AKA_Mick_Rhyze_etc.)

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LOL Psy. I meant that figuratively. I wish I were true - especially the "manwhore" part. I am going back to ATL for the Holiday, though. How about cross-continental manwhore?



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Message 13/24             01-Feb-05  @  06:40 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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Marc_D - notice from the SOS forums you got the Novatech in the end... I'm looking at their centrino lappies & wondered what your initial impressions were in terms of build quality, service etc??



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Message 14/24             07-Feb-05  @  08:39 AM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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Moujik,

Sorry I didn't post earlier mate, only just saw this thread updated...

I went with the AMD64, as in terms of sheer grunt it was a bit of a beast and *very* attractively priced for what I got (15" 1400x1080x32 display, 1GB Ram, 80GB hdd, wireless, firewire & usb2, DVDRW etc.). Built quality is solid if not exceptional but then I'd kind of expect that.. Its not the quietest of lappy's when running from mains power although it is virtually silent when runnning from batteries (when the AMD Powernow throttles down the CPU). During use, it gets quite warm but again that's not a problem for me..

Basically its definitely a desktop replacement, for live work on stage its fantastic and therefore the noise, size and battery concerns that would probably be better addressed by buying a Centrino based lappy, aren't an issue here...

I would *assume* the Centrinos you're looking at will also be of a similar high standard/lowish price point..   But if you want to be thorough, try and find out the who made the actual "carcass" of the laptop that Novatech are rebadging..

I called Novatech Tech support and weedled this info out of them to discover mine was built from a Mitac 8355 carcass.. I then called mitac Uk and hassled for more info etc.. and also searched the interweb too! I was left a lot happier once I'd read some positive reviews of these mitacs..



Hope this helps mate

Marc_Dark



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Message 15/24             07-Feb-05  @  09:12 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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Cheers Marc - that's really helpful.

Looking forward to seeing you guys live



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Message 16/24             08-Feb-05  @  11:38 AM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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Thanks mate!

The rehearsals are coming along really well... Still plenty more to do, but we're
setting some realistic (we hope) deadlines!

So far the laptop has been rock solid. Still have to sort out a better
gigging/stage mounting for it (just for security's sake) but other than that...

Rockon!



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Message 17/24             08-Feb-05  @  12:32 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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i must say, they are very tempting, a good lappy must be so useful and convenient

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Message 18/24             08-Feb-05  @  01:59 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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Definitely! There is an ease of use and convenience I must say...

And its nice having a LOT of power in a machine that's still smaller and more portable (IMHO) than a microatx & tft solution

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Message 19/24             08-Feb-05  @  11:10 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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yeah... i'd love to be a laptop dj.. just sit in the corner and play shit

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Message 20/24             09-Feb-05  @  01:48 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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btw, if you use it live do u use a power conditioner. There was some discussion about using power conditioners for live guitar rigs featuring any dsp devices for reliability.

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Message 21/24             11-Feb-05  @  09:15 AM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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No power conditioner but you may have a point!

Will have to look into it..



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Message 22/24             11-Feb-05  @  11:52 AM     Edit: 11-Feb-05  |  11:54 AM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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i am thinking of one, especialy if i get the line6 gear (dsp's like nice clean power) - people in guitar land tend to uise Furman, but i noticed the thomann store has a power conditioner with 8 sockets for about 90 quid

the 'Thon rld-3000'

http://www.dancetech.com/aa_dt_new/shop/edit.cfm?product_id=164325&carrywith=start%3D1%26end%3D1%26dt%5Fshop%5Fclass%3D%26type%3DCA%26name%5Fsearch%3Drld%252D3000

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Message 23/24             11-Feb-05  @  06:40 PM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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I've got a pair of Gemini conditioners I've been using for years. Cheap and reliable.



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Message 24/24             12-Feb-05  @  01:45 AM   -   RE: Tell me about your laptop setup.

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gemini... hwo make the dj gear?

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