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Old September 29th, 2006, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hi,

I use Premeire Pro 2.0. I have a Pentium D 3GHz with 3 gigs of RAM. Is there a setting in windows I need to change? I would think 3 gigs of RAM is plenty to use Premiere Pro, but I keep getting errors saying I have low system resources. All of my video files are kept on external drive - C: just has my programs on it.

Any help is appreciated!

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Old September 30th, 2006, 08:35 AM   #2
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If the external drives are connected through USB they need CPU power. In my case 16%/drive! Maybe this is your problem.
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Old September 30th, 2006, 11:49 AM   #3
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That is possible, I suppose. I have 2 external drives hooked up, but they both have power supplies that plug into the wall. Is there a way for me to know for sure if that is the problem?

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Old September 30th, 2006, 12:51 PM   #4
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Powering is not what consumes resourses. Try to put everything on the internal disk(s) and disconnect the external disks, and see if the problem still exists. If you have them connected by firewire they should not take up CPU resources.
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Old October 1st, 2006, 10:01 AM   #5
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As a general advice, you need to turn off pretty much everything running in the background on a PC used for video editing. Videoguys.com has some good advice on how to exactly do this in WinXP.

Computers have become so inexpensive nowadays, it's worth buying (better yet, building) one dedicated exclusively to DV. Install XP, isntall drivers and the absolute minimum software you need for your jobs - you will be rewarded with a stable system.

I'm running APPRO, Encore, Audition, Photoshop - sometimes all at the same time and have no problems on an old 1.6 GHz/2 GB RAM AMD... they don't stall, they don't give me any issues at all!!!
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