Anybody use it and does it work pretty good with audio interface stuff? I have a tower with XP pro that shuts down and restarts when I hit record with cool edit pro, and the CRT monitor is stuck at 60-70 htz because I get the message that I need to install the base VGA drivers when I try to install the software for the video card.
I've been thinking about trying ubuntu on it.
All I can tell you is Don't!
It won't work very well (if at all) for what you want to do. The reason is that you need a "real time kernel" which is not available in the standard Ubuntu distros - or hardly any other Linux distro for that matter.
I haven't had the opportunity to experiment with it myself (too busy), but the way to go is a special distribution of Ubuntu called Ubuntu Studio.
It has the type of kernel you need for making music. Here is a good explanation of what I am talking about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Studio
Not sure if it will work with your old computer, though. I have a 2004 computer that the newest kernel distros will not work on because they have deprecated support for that video card.
I see. Thanks for the info.
My 'older tower' was built back in 02. 1.53 AMD with 1 (or maybe 1.5) gig of ram with 20 and 40 gig HD's. Not much but it works.
The 'bigger tower' was built in 04 and is a 3.4 P4 with 2 gigs of ram, and two 40 gig HD's I think, but it's a gateway E series with a copy of XP pro that came with a Dell. (don't know if that matters) It's the one that crashes and won't adjust the screen.
I'll try messing with it again I guess.