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Old 12th May 2006
Gear Maniac
IGWright's Avatar
🎧 15 years

Here are my circumstances:
- I'm Day Trading to play the bills.
- I am a musician by trade.

Here's what I got:
- Dell Dimension 8200 P4 2.2/2 Gigs RAM - Dual Boot.
- Magma PCI Expansion Chasis.

This is what I'm thinkin':
- Dual Boot Laptop for Business and Audio.
- Laptop alone for rehearsals and Business.
- Laptop with Dimension 8200 for recording at home.

That's about as far as I got. As I understand it V-Stack will allow me to network the Laptop and Desktop together in order to utilize the resources of both.

Any suggestions would be welcome at this point.


Old 12th May 2006
Gear Head
bimbam's Avatar
🎧 15 years
I think double track would be the better solution.

I`m in the same position.
Laptop 1 only for business, dokuments, calculations, management software, mail traffic etc. the daily business.
Laptop 2 - Powerbook - only for recording, writing, producing and mixing music.

On both are files, that are to important to get lost by any incident if you are using the business Laptop as a DAW. I`ll try to keep the DAW (PB) clean as good as i can, only software for making music with it, no other useless stuff on it.
Old 12th May 2006 | Show parent
Gear Nut
🎧 15 years
The solution is easy - get a MacBook Pro! The best of both worlds in one package.
Old 13th May 2006 | Show parent
Gear Maniac
IGWright's Avatar
🎧 15 years
I did some lookin'

Dell's got this:
XPS M1710 Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2600 (2MB Cache/2.16GHz/667MHz FSB)
Operating System (Office software not included) Genuine Windows® XP Professional
LCD Panel 17 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen UXGA Display with TrueLife™
Memory 4GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHZ, 2 DIMM
Video Card 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7900 GTX
Hard Drive 100GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
Network Card and Modem Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card and Modem
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
Combo/DVD+RW Drives Featured Upgd-8XCD/DVD Burner(DVD+/-RW)w/dble-layer DVD+R write capability
Sound Card Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio
Wireless Networking Cards Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps)
Office Software (not included in Windows XP) No Productivity Software
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) McAfee Security Center with VirusScan, Firewall, Spyware Removal, 15-months
Primary Battery 80 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Hardware Warranty 1Yr Ltd Warranty, 1Yr At-Home Service, and 1Yr HW Warranty Support
XPS Specialized Support Inspiron XPS, Specialized Support
Dial-Up Internet Access No ISP requested
Wireless Personal Networking Card Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)
Additional Battery 9-cell Lithium Ion Additional Battery (80 WHr)
Miscellaneous Award Winning Service, Support
Mobile Broadband No Broadband Expresscard technology is available in the market now
Dell Digital Entertainment No preinstalled software
Netgear WPN824 RangeMax Wireless Router Qty 1
Unit Price $100.00
Dell Home Customers: Save 10% off Select Networking!
Limited Time Offer!
- $10.00

Mac's got this:
MacBook Pro 17" 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
Part Number: Z0CP
2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
Accessory Kit
2GB 667 DDR2 - 2x1GB SO-DIMMs
Apple USB Modem
100GB Serial ATA drive @ 7200 rpm
Estimated Ship: 5-7 business days
Remove $3,148.00 $3,148.00

Big difference in price, but the Dell has 4 Gigs of RAM

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