[OT] Mac Beach Ball Party (or welcome to hell, here's your mac)

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Fri May 11 18:26:28 EDT 2012


You mention running Final Cut 7. Not to tell you your business, but you should use a scratch disk and data disk that is not the boot OS drive. Just a thot. The extra RAM for FC is probably a good idea. 

Bob


On May 11, 2012, at 3:10 PM, stephen barncard wrote:

> too late. I took the red pill.  I know it's his job to sell ram, but he had
> good advice, imho.
> 
> Hey, it didn't cost that much, and if it helps PT HD and Final Cut 7, I'm
> really ok with that.
> 
> The big question is - this machine was running far better when I installed
> Lion a few months ago than now. Software that changes.
> 
> In the olden OS9 days, '*defragmenting*' the drive usually helped a lot but
> I don't see anything recommending that with OSX. Surely that still happens
> as files are created and destroyed.
> 
> sqb
> 
> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM, Peter Haworth <pete at lcsql.com> wrote:
> 
>> I think it's gonna be dependant on what apps you are running.  Stephen
>> mentioned he's running Pro Tools HD and that uses a LOT of RAM.
>> Pete
>> lcSQL Software <http://www.lcsql.com>
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM, Tim Jones <tolistim at me.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> Uhhh - that sounds fishy.  I run a stable of Lion-based (and a couple of
>>> ML-based tester) Mac Pro's with 4GB each and they run everything that I
>>> throw at them, so your "memory expert" sounds like he's trying to sell
>> you
>>> more RAM (and that IS his job...).
>>> 
>>> The only systems that I've bumped to 8GB and 16GB are a pair of VMWare
>>> test platforms and our video editing monster (8 procs, 16GB).
>>> 
>>> I really suspect that throwing more RAM at this isn't going to be your
>>> answer.
>>> 
>>> Tim
>>> 
>>> On May 11, 2012, at 2:12 PM, stephen barncard wrote:
>>> 
>>>> thanks Scott. I'll do that,
>>>> 
>>>> UPDATE
>>>> 
>>>> I'm really not happy to completely reinstall here, I don't think that
>>> will fix things permanently.
>>>> I gave a call to my favorite RAM company RAMJET, and their memory
>> expert
>>> told me that the Mac Pro on Lion REALLY needs more than the 6 stock gigs
>>> installed (!) and suggested I get a 3-stick upgrade of 4 gb modules  to
>> get
>>> up to 15 gigs, so I ordered them and we'll see how that works out. I will
>>> never fully understand memory math and why these have to work in threes -
>>> (is it the 64 bits?) -- currently there are 6  1 gig sticks, with two
>> open
>>> slots.  I will lose one of the 1 gig sticks, so the total goes to 15g.
>>>> 
>>>> William Gibson had no idea about how astronomical ram size would go.
>>> None of us did.
>>>> 
>>>> I will report back
>>> 
>>> 
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