[PlanetCCRMA] 64bit vs 32bit

Niels Mayer nielsmayer at gmail.com
Mon Mar 15 10:44:12 PDT 2010

Rethinking... If I were to build a workhorse system for music  performance,
I'd skip the laptop and the cardbus-pci box, and get one of these
(portable lanbox case for uatx board, with optional LCD display)

And install a modern all-inclusive uATX mobo w/ integrated  radeon hd4200
like this:
And a fast 3.4 G 4x AMD Phenom II and 4G 1333Mhz-1800Mhz DDR3 memory...

Install some reliable RME, M-audio Delta 66's, or ESI Juli@/Maya44s in the 2
free PCI slots on the motherboard...

And you could easily make a perfectly workable performance machine that is
1/2-1/4 the cost of a laptop, with performance to spare. To make it truly
like a laptop in a "stage" situation -- so it survives the power going out
or circuit breakers - or audience - tripping -- get a UPS. You could even
take the money you save on the laptop and invest in solid-state drives for
better performance and less chance of disks dying due to shock from

Of course, since this is Linux, there's no reason why you couldn't use your
current underpowererd laptop as a X server "on stage" for remote display of
whatever applications are actually running on the "lanbox" -- which could be
located right next to the mixing console -- assuming you could string cat-5
from the mixing console to stage...


On Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 6:52 AM, Henrik Frisk <frisk.h at gmail.com> wrote:

> Of course, for doing live performance where one doesn't actually care about
>> it being a laptop, just portable, one might be better off getting a 19" EIA
>> rack flightcase w/ shockmounts and a rackmount comp case, fill it w/ a
>> standard Mobo and processor like the $700 job I just built, and one of those
>> rackmount slideout-drawer keyboard/displays like they have in server cages
>> at colocation facilities. Plus it would just look very kraftwerk-like
>> compared to a slick-looking, overpriced, underperforming laptop.
>> I used to have a setup similar to the one you are describing but I would
> never tour with it today. Never.
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