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Old 04-30-2017, 08:29 AM
ViciousBliss ViciousBliss is offline
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Default Z800 Problems

Hi Everyone,

Several months ago I got a Z800 offlease and it's been running pretty solid up until the last couple weeks. It's started to erratically shut off at random. Sometimes it will start up in a usual amount of time and other times it will attempt to start and fail for half an hour before it stays on. Up until yesterday I could get it to stay on for hours, but now it won't stay on for more than a few minutes at best.

Doesn't matter what I'm doing. It'll shut off with only PT running and sitting idle. It would always lose the date and time and my settings if I ever took the power cord out while it was unplugged. This was also when I unplugged everything else and switched to the old computer so maybe it wasn't just the power cord. I didn't have the budget for a new video card, so I had to use this Asus EAH 5450 Silent 512M DDR2 card I had laying around that I never installed in the other computers. Sometimes in more cpu-intensive sessions Pro Tools would freeze up when opening the GUIs of certain plugins, usually something by Waves or Pro Q2. PT also functioned much better if I closed and reopened the program before opening a different session.

I've run all the diagnostic tests and everything passed. Tested the power supply and it got the green light. But I've read that doesn't mean the supply is good. I've tried to find out if this video card is a problem but there isn't much info out there. Everything else I read points to the power supply.

Otherwise the machine has way more power than my old DX4860-UR15P. With the DX it can barely handle 3 Seventh Heaven Pro reverbs along with a few ProQ2s, 4-6 VCC, and 20 of the cpu efficient Waves plugs. The Z800 can do that without breaking a sweat. Still think I'll need one of the Soundgrid Servers because I could see the Z800 having a lot of trouble running a 96k session of over 50 tracks where I'm using a lot of NLS.

Thanks for any help, it's much appreciated.
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