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Old laptops are a mixed bag.

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Originally Posted by ArtVandalay7
It really doesn't appear to tax the CPU, it's not maxed out when I get the popping/crackling or shrill noises.

What about Windows swap file. Is it enabled? Also, have you tried disabling any anti-virus and wireless channels (BT/Wi-Fi)? These are simple tests that could help with you troubleshooting.


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Yes. But the OS matters, too.
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Old laptops are a mixed bag.
I started running pianos on an old, crappy laptop, a 2005-model hand-me-down. It ran VSTs just fine. With an outboard audio interface I got 10-12 msec latency. Not great, but not too bad.

But it ran Windows XP. It would not have done as well with any of the later versions of Windows.

So if you have an old laptop that doesn't pass muster, perhaps try loading XP? The latter is a resource lightweight by comparison.

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Yes. But the OS matters, too.
Originally Posted by emenelton
Old laptops are a mixed bag.
I started running pianos on an old, crappy laptop, a 2005-model hand-me-down. It ran VSTs just fine. With an outboard audio interface I got 10-12 msec latency. Not great, but not too bad.

But it ran Windows XP. It would not have done as well with any of the later versions of Windows.

So if you have an old laptop that doesn't pass muster, perhaps try loading XP? The latter is a resource lightweight by comparison.

I don’t doubt that’s true but this laptop is a Win 8 hardware, so it is in the ‘new age’.
It’s possible that it’s performance could be corrected if troubleshooted properly.

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Alot of issues with these PCs and devices (such as music software) is competition for resources on ports.... There is a ton of "polling" going on..... printer drivers, camera drivers et al are always asking "did you plug something in?", "are you still alive?", etc. This kind of activity does not use much CPU but can clog the channels doing input/output over a port. I would remove all printer, scanner, and other software/drivers for USB devices... delete all unused network setups etc. Go into "device manager" and you can delete all old drivers hanging around.

Or, just buy a new machine. A good one.

I stopped helping friends with PC problems when they tell me they have an old machine or an old version of the Windows. I am done trying to polish a t**d. PCs are our tools... enablers... you need to have one in top shape to do anything... play or work. It is a necessary expense to breath nowadays. Get a good one... spend some money... most problems disappear.

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Two more things to try disabling if you haven't already:
- if you have iTunes, stop the Apple Mobile Device Service
- stop the Superfetch service (it's called "SysMain")

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