Core 2 Duo computer

Hey man, hope all is cool. Hows the new studio going? Thought this could benefit others, so Ill post here. Am about to build myself a computer based on these..

Im going to try and source the parts as I dont want to spend more than £350. Wondered what your thoughts were. Also Im going to wipe clean my other computers. What do I need for the re-install(drivers, bios, etc)? Where can i get these from?

Thanks Paul


  1. Thanks martin for all that

    Had to call support for the below link

    so i just download the latest bois and update right
    what else will i have to download and install from there? obviously theres no diskette on my laptop, so what do i put it on? will the drivers for NVidia be on there or will i have to source them too?

    as of my new computer, what about if i want to use my old hard drives?

    thanks once again

  2. If at all possible, always use the manufacturers page for downloads – after all, they made the thing! Also, I’m not too sure about all the driver sites. They used to be fine but then lots went over to pay-for or ads and one can never be sure that the drivers haven’t been tampered with….
    You should be able to get your laptop latest drivers and BIOS from
    However, I’m not sure how old your thing is. The Satellite with 24xx series shows latest drivers only up to 2003. If you have a newer one then lots of the drivers are dated this year. Just make sure you fish around on the Toshiba site to get the right one(s). If you search in Google, it’s shows the Toshiba site but when you follow the click-able link it just takes you to a big ad with not much else. Use the link I’ve put up above.
    The BIOS can’t fuck the MB up. It’s only if the process is interrupted (it takes a few minutes) or if the BIOS update file has been corrupted either downloading it or putting it on a floppy.
    You only need to get SATA drives if your MB supports it. If it’s the new one you are talking about, then get SATA as it’s the way forward – less intrusive wires, faster speeds, better cooling. If it’s an old PC, then you’re probably forced the EIDE route and then you can use your old hard drives or buy newer larger EIDE ones (they still sell).
    To get multiple OS you need to partition a drive or install extra drives. Laptops are usually a bit pushed for space inside (!!!) so you are usually forced into the partitioning method. There are lot’s of web how-tos about. Try for starters. If you are thinking of doing this on a laptop, partition at windows install or using other software like partition commander or something and just install your basic windows first on one partition, then a basic Ubuntu(say) on the other.
    Don’t bother wasting time with updates etc as if the two things don’t work then you haven’t wasted too much of your precious time on the world fucking about with a windows re-install! Then you can just wipe the drive and start again with just the one OS and call it a “learning process” and a “thing to do in future!.
    IF both OS’s work, THEN proceed and get the updates done and your software installed. Set aside a sizeable chunk of your life for this – especially the windows bit!
    Then you can make music…. zzz
    EMU. From reading the blurb, I think the box we have is common. For PCI, the 1010 is the card and works with various EMU front-ends. If you’ve a laptop then the PCI functionality is taken by the laptop plugin card. Either way, they connect together with a cat5 cable. I think the functionality appears at driver install time. I’d need to check everything through though. They may have a blocker somewhere in the chain. I tell you what, we’ll meet up and see if our boxes work with each others’ systems! Then we’ll know.
    If you check you’ll see the PCI card is common across nearly everything. This is what they call the 1010. The cardbus (which you already have) can be purchased separately to “take your music on the road” as they put it in their blurb. This means that the scenario I’m suggesting is true. However, I don’t know and haven’t seen if you can get the 1010 separately – which is a bit of a pisser for you! Someone must sell it somewhere. However, I notice the list price of a 1212 is a third of that of the 1616M cardbus that you have, so that’s a route, probably.

  3. Cool, thanks for that
    Thats cool about the PCI. i wonder how many channels you can get through the ADAT at 24/96? How can the bios fuck up the motherboard Can i put 2 OS on a single laptop drive? SO do i need to only buy SATA drives? Having trouble downloading the drivers and bios from here,show,30866,,atellite%202435-S255,search.html
    How about you?
    Thanks again

  4. Seems okay Paul. However, for your needs, you’d probably best hunt for one with integrated graphics on the motherboard and save yourself a graphics card. The sound isn’t that important either as you’ll probably disable it and use your emu (well you could if you bought the 1010 pci card and then cable it to the 1616. That way you can use the same interface with either your box or laptop compy.
    Try for some comparisons. You can order one and then pick it up at Portishead, which is nice and handy for you! The 1Gb memory is on one stick as well, saving a memory slot for later upgrade.

    To re-install starting from the bottom up:
    BIOS – get from motherboard manufacturer. Usually you’ll update from a floppy after putting the BIOS on there with a little program. Carefull though, one mistake and it’s fucked so a new motherboard is usually the cheapest way out. A new pc will need two or three BIOS updates after new, and then the makers don’t usually issue any more.
    OS – install as per OS and get updates FROM BEHIND A HARDWARE FIREWALL
    Drivers – same re: firewall. Go to manufacturers sites to download latest drivers. Sometimes the OS-installed drivers are good enough, it depends on specifics. If you are installing multiple OS’s, stick them on separate hard drives for safety and you can multiple boot. For windows and Ubuntu/Suse/Fedora, most common hardware will be detected out of the box and the appropriate drivers installed. You may need maybe one or two fine tuning twiddles to get something going. Any more than this and it’s probably best to try a re-install as I’ve never ever had more than two hardware detection problems.
    Software – on windows, set aside at least two weekends for everything. For Ubuntu, usually the only extras I need are Real Audio and the Flash player(s) and you can be up and running completely in 3 hours. The trouble is that quite a lot of the music software you use is Mac/Windows specific, so you’re a bit stumped there.

    The latest hard drives are all SATA. Be careful to buy the right type!

    Er,,,,that’s all for now.


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