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  • Ram upgrade in preperation for VI... Fringe benefits?

    I just ordered 2 1-gig sticks of Samsung ram for my dual 1.8 (4-dimm socket) G5.

    Currently, she has only 1.25 (Apple saw fit to only equip this machine with 256 when bought.. I added 2x512 in the other two sockets).

    So, she will be going from 1.25 to 3 gigs of ram, mainly in preperation for my vienna insturments "chamber strings" purchase happening soon.

    Other than the obvious necessity for Vienna, do you guys think I'll notice a "difference" with my apps? I just upgraded to Tiger last week BTW, and no problems. I am running 10.4.6 happily. I am looking for some "fringe benefits" after such pricey purchases that were necessary to make such an enormous sample library run on my machine. (up until now, as glorious as the M-tron is, it's the only strings I have to work with so I needed somethign "real" to compliment it).

    Also... should I upgrade to 10.4.8? I'm scared to, since 10.4.6 seems so smooth with Logic exp 7.1.1 and Ableton Live 5.

    Thank-you kindly for your qualitative responses and observations.

  • As far as I know there's nothing important in 10.4.8 for G5s, so unless there's a feature or fix you need or you're running software that requires it, I personally don't see the point.

    But if you do want to update the OS, you can always use Disk Utility to make an image file of your startup drive first. That will allow you to go back to exactly the same state you were in when you made the image. Apparently Disk Utility does make block-for-block copies, so you shouldn't have to worry about losing authorizations.

  • I recently upgraded my 1.8 dual from 4.5 to 6.5 GB just for the sample room. I've noticed no other difference in performance. But what joy to open Activity Monitor and see a big piece of green pie waiting to be used.

  • Absolutely. The thread you noted was the reason I bought it. I wasn't being sarcastic. By "waiting to be used" I meant able to be loaded with more samples even after a template is running.

    So applications run no better, but sample access is dramatically improved.

  • Ah. I figured you were being caustic, not sarcastic. [:)] But I also thought you didn't know about that thread, so...

    Okay, as we were... [:O]ops: