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Old 08-28-2007, 02:58 AM
GTveito GTveito is offline
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Default Workspace getting slow in PT 7.3.1

We recently upgraded all of our machines from 6.9 to 7.3.1 cs4 on new Intel 2* 3 GHz MACs with 2 GB RAM. We have found that the workspace get slower and slower the more you use the system. After a couple of days the beach-ball is on for a minute when leaving the workspace. The cure is to delete the volume.ddb file in the Digidesign Databases folder. We did not have this problem running 6.9.
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:09 AM
kickit kickit is offline
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Default Re: Workspace getting slow in PT 7.3.1

Have you done everything under general trouble shooting PT 6 & 7?
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Old 08-28-2007, 11:39 AM
GTveito GTveito is offline
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Default Re: Workspace getting slow in PT 7.3.1

Yes . We have eight studios with identical setups, and the same behavior in every room. I´m thimking of modifying our startup script to include the database files.

Old script:

Use terminal
type: sudo pico /etc/rc
goto the bottom of the file and find a nice place to insert:

# cleaning Pro Tools files
rm -f /Library/Application\ Support/Digidesign/Databases/Volumes/*.ddb

to quit type: ctrl+x and [Y]es and finaly Return

rm means remove, -f is without confirmation and the path means all ddb files.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:20 PM
Sound-Influence Sound-Influence is offline
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Default Re: Workspace getting slow in PT 7.3.1

Wouldn't it be great if there was a preference option that would allow protools to delete databases on startup?

PT 7.4cs2 | OS 10.4.9 | Dual 2.0 G5 7g Ram | HD3 Accel | 4 FW800 Drives
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:03 AM
viaspiaggia viaspiaggia is offline
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Default Re: Workspace getting slow in PT 7.3.1

Having the same problem, and wanted to revive this thread and see if we can get some thoughts from Digi.

Seems to me its a Direct I/O problem, since I also get increasing system freeze time when previewing AudioSuite plugins. Works fine for awhile, then with no warning suddenly beach ball city.

My notes on the problem:
- A quit and reboot always resets the problem, back to normal operation for awhile.
- I almost never have files in the volumes folder mentioned by GTveito.
- Any other application running seems to make the problem worse, though that's always hard to judge. Firefox in particular seems to be a problem.
- Seems like its the Mac OS as much as anything causing trouble - the hard drive just grinds and grinds during the beach balls, and all other apps and the Finder are slow during the freeze.
- ProTools is reported "not responding" by force quit during the beach balls, but it almost always recovers after a few minutes.
- Kontakt being active on a track guarantees LONG beach balls on any operation requiring Direct I/O

Any comments from digi or tips from other users? I'm currently on PT7.3.1cs4, and Mac OS 10.4.8 - would 10.4.9 help?


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