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Installing the Music Software on the New Machine


Introduction

This is a continuation of the previous post, Setting Up The New Machine, and concludes the installation of the music software, and device drivers for my music hardware. The music software is a qualified completion, I suspect that I’ll be learning what I really need, and loading add-on’s  for some time to come.

The installation of the device drivers for the music hardware was a smooth process. There were no “hiccups” in that process. The installation of Sonar and Guitar Tracks Pro is was a mostly painless process. There were a couple of notable low lights though.

Windows Upgrade

After making the point in my previous bog post that Windows Update can introduce consequential update dependencies. I forgot my wise advice. Upgrade to Windows Ultimate did leave a number of Windows Updates which needed applying, and those updates did need to be applied from multiple invocations of Windows Update. That’s right update A installed some “stuff”, and then that “stuff” also had updates. The chain of consequential updates resulted in the need for subsequent invocations of Windows Update to get all of the elements of the Windows OS up to date.

Guitar Pro Installing

This did cause some issues. Let me hasten to say that most of the issues were with Guitar Rig 3, rather than Guitar Pro. There is a side issue with Guitar Pro, which is that Guitar Rig only installs from the Guitar Pro Install, rather than “landing” somewhere where you can install, or reinstall, Guitar Rig. I could have “peered under the covers” and located the install for Guitar Rig, but it was getting late into the night, and rerunning the install was simpler.

Guitar Rig Issue

This is an issue I struck with the licence number part of Guitar Rig. If I applied my licence number straight after installing Guitar Pro, Guitar Rig would start in “demo mode”, seem to not recognise the licence number, even though the “Service Centre” acknowledges that the licence number has been applied.

Guitar Rig Solution

The way that I found to solve the problem, was to restart the machine after installing Guitar Pro, and Guitar Rig as part of the install. Then after the machine has rebooted, I applied the licence number. This “solved” the problem, and my copy of Guitar Rig was licenced, and Guitar Rig not started in normal mode, rather than “demo” mode.

Windows has a “bad habit” of keeping some system changes in a “pending pile” until the machine is restarted cleanly (not a crash restart). You see this sometimes with the “installing things x % done, please do not turn off the machine” massage when you shut down a machine. I guess, or suspicion points to, that something in Guitar Rig was in the windows “pending pile” until the machine was restarted.

The Sonar X1 Install

This one went smoothly as well.

There is a question early on in the install asking if you want the 32 or 64 bit version. I’ve opted for the 64 bit version. I’ve no idea whether this will prove to be the “wisest” choice. I guess that I’ll find out as I learn how to do things with Sonar.

Conclusion

The end of the process on a late night was a welcome relief. All seems to be up and running OK.

I now start crawling up the Sonar  learning curve. These thing are “big” pieces of software. Finding ones way around, and learning how to do the things I want to do will not be a simple process. A 1800+ page Reference Guide gives some idea of the size of the product.

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Setting up the new machine


Introduction

After going through the initial setup on the machine, which I configured the date time, wireless network password, and the home group password. There were a couple of steps which I believed needed doing, before going forward with installing the drivers for the various pieces of musical hardware, and installing the music software.

Windows Update

This one is something you may thing, just one run and things will be fine. My experience has shown that the first run gets a bunch of updates, but you need a couple more “check for updates” to completely exhaust the list of things which need to be updated. The joys of having consequential update dependencies (update A installs component Y which has another update B available).

Networking

I’ve the machine talking straight to my gigabit switch (chunk of Cat 5 cable comes in handy), as the built-in wireless networking card “Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card” goes too slow (See Blog post » Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card – Slow!). The windows configuration start up wizard goes through the basics of the networking up and running.

Networking and Backup

One of the big “bug bears” I have with Windows 7 is that Windows 7 Backup will only backup to a network attached device in the higher levels of Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate) . My preference is to backup my machines to my NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. So, I need to upgrade the version Windows.

Another grumble at Dell, I was not presented with the option of upgrading, or specifying, the version of Windows 7 installed on the machine.

Conclusion

After doing the following:

  1. Making sure the version of Windows 7 has all of the patches installed from Windows Update,
  2. Upgrading the version of Windows 7 to Ultimate (it was only $20 difference between professional and ultimate through Windows Anytime Update),
  3. Replacing the wireless network interface with on that works at a reasonable speed, and
  4. Taking a full backup image of the system, before I start installing anything music related on the system.

Finally, I’m ready to start installing the music software, and music device drivers, I want to run on the system. That will be tomorrow, I need some relaxation time this evening. The “ups and downs” of the installation process, will undoubtedly be another post (or two) to this blog.

One important thing to note before I start installing. I will be installing all of the device drivers first for the music instrument interfaces first, and then the music software (Guitar Pro 5 to start with). I really want to give the software the best chance of installing as smoothly as possible, and this approach should minimise the chances of “things going wrong”.

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