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Posted On: Aug. 22 2008, 8:30 PM

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I am new n-track user and need help.
When I record one track and I hear playback all is O.K.
When I record second separate track and I hear both tracks playback, I hear every 5 - 10 seconds in playback short noise only in time while HDD is working (LED lights).
I have desktop with Pentium 4 1,8 GHz; Motherboard with chipset Intel 845; RAM 1 GB; Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX 400 AGP, Audio: Creative SB X-Fi; HDDs: 2 x 120 GB; Windows 2000 Pro.
I give iron tinplate between soundcard and HDD - same effect. When I try to record tracks on USB key 1 GB, this noise is not so big and is every 30 - 40 seconds.
Is my problem simple writen somewhere in forum, or I must change HW, or better setting n-track?
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Aug. 22 2008, 9:18 PM

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Hi ballast:
  There doesn't appear to be anything in your hardware list that should give you any issues..  In fact your setup should be respectable enough for almost any number of tracks.. at one time on the timeline..  

 You might think about running ms config. from the "RUN" command and look at the IRQ Assignments..  to see if your Audio Card is sharing or might be sharing the same IRQ with your Graphics Card, or some other piece of hardware..

 Maybe, there is another Board Member that can put their finger directly on the issue you have..  

      Bill..
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Aug. 22 2008, 10:18 PM

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If your copy of n_track is does not have the registration number entered then you get a noise something like you are discribing.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Aug. 23 2008, 2:56 AM

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Which version of N are you using?
Curious - because you are not getting the 'unregistered' tone
with just one track. Needs further investigation.
Pardon me - but I don't understand -
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I give iron tinplate between soundcard and HDD - same effect.

Are you using a translator program?
Need some more details of how you set up your hardware in N.
For example are you using ASIO drivers,
  What is your record setup?
    16 or 24 bit?
      More details and maybe we can solve this mystery.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Aug. 23 2008, 12:48 PM

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Hi, thanks for interesting of my problems.
To bax3: I have original registered n-Track 5.1.1. 24 bit version.

To sevenOfeleven: It is no "unregistered beep 1 khz" but noise. Grounded iron tinplate I give to computercase as electromagnetis shield opposite induction to signal, but without success. Yes, I have 1-Creative ASIO drivers for playback and recording; ASIO buffer latency 5 ms; samplig freq. 48 kHz 24 bit, same as Creative console of soundcard.

To woxnerw: You are right, my soundcard have same IRQ 16 as USB Advanced controler, and GeForce have same IRQ 21 as Host USB controler. Can You advice me how I can change IRQ?
I try: Run - system32/config, but I do not know where and how to change it.

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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Aug. 23 2008, 1:34 PM
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Is the soundcard pci? If so try changing to another pci slot to see if this frees up the IRQ. Creative products (My E-Mu card) don't like sharing IRQ's.

If you don't have another pci slot free, not sure about changing IRQ data in Windows 2000.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Aug. 23 2008, 2:06 PM

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No, it is AGP card, I cannot change slot.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Aug. 23 2008, 2:08 PM

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Sorry, my mistake, video card is AGP. I try it.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Aug. 23 2008, 2:42 PM

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I see - you tried grounding the case
to get rid of noise.
Above suggestions are good - but I think you are on the
right track as far as noise is concerned. Sounds more
like a bad (broken) or ungrounded cable - or your power supply
is dumping a lot of noise into the sound card. Is your
microphone input turned off? See even if the IRQ is shared,
which is bad, and should be fixed, I think there still may
be an issue with the noise. Let us know what happens.
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Also - what is your environment.
Air conditioning, those lamps with adjustable level (rheostats?)
anything that uses a compressor, fridge, freezer, etc.
These things can inject noise into your computer box, unless steps
are taken to sheild.
Flourecent lamps to close to computer can be bad also.
I love a good mystery. :laugh:
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