Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer

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To: Clemens Ladisch <clemens@...>
Cc: linux-audio-user <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 11:49 pm

On Wed, 30 Apr 2014, Clemens Ladisch wrote:

> Len Ovens wrote:

len@music:~$ lspci -t
-[0000:00]-+-00.0
+-01.0-[01]--
+-02.0
+-14.0
+-16.0
+-1a.0
+-1c.0-[02]--
+-1c.2-[03]----00.0
+-1c.3-[04-05]----00.0-[05]--+-00.0
| \-02.0
+-1d.0
+-1f.0
+-1f.2
\-1f.3

00:1c.3 would be the PCI bridge then as my two audio cards are listed as
05:00.0 and 05:02.0. I would guess that the third PCI slot would be 01. I
see that the bridge is listed as [04-05] I am guessing that means 04 is
the PCIe side and 05 is the PCI side? 04 is:
04:00.0 PCI bridge: ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1083/1085 PCIe to PCI
Bridge (rev 03)

>> On Mon, 28 Apr 2014, Clemens Ladisch wrote:

Not what I meant :) (I was meaning only that I had nothing in the slots)
So it sounds like you are saying that the PCIe devices are assigned an irq
to be compatible with the PCI standard, but most PCIe devices don't use
the irq having another way to get the OS attention. Looking at
/proc/interrupts, I see that ahci (which from lspci seems to be the SATA
controller) shows irq 42 even though the book says it is sharing an irq
with PCI slot 1 which has an ens1370 at irq 19. So I would guess that this
irq 42 is a "soft" irq? (and why do I have an ISA bridge?) So that would
follow that irq 41 to 45 would be onboard soft irqs... They are called
PCI-MSI-edge.

I would guess that if I installed a PCIe card that was PCI HW with a
PCIe->PCI bridge on the card to update it, that it would still use the old
irq and could clash with one of my other PCI audio cards. I can't see me
getting anything other than an ide, audio or firewire card. (I have a
number of ide drives around, but may instead put them in the server and
mount over network)

This is starting to make sense. I have seen a number of people have xrun
trouble as soon as they got new a MB that were faster than trouble free
slower/older HW, but my experience has been totally the opposite. The only
thing that has given any xruns so far as I can see is cpu speed changes
when using ondemand (I already don't have hyperthreading to worry about).
I did choose my MB/CPU based on what I felt would be good for audio, not
for a fast desktop (though I have gained there too). For example, I chose
the i5 cpu over the i7 because I didn't want hyprthreading, not because it
was cheaper.

--
Len Ovens
www.ovenwerks.net

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[LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Len Ovens, (Mon Apr 28, 4:31 am)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Ivan K, (Mon Apr 28, 12:59 pm)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Len Ovens, (Mon Apr 28, 9:26 pm)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Clemens Ladisch, (Mon Apr 28, 7:52 am)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Len Ovens, (Mon Apr 28, 9:04 pm)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Clemens Ladisch, (Wed Apr 30, 8:23 am)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Len Ovens, (Wed Apr 30, 11:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Clemens Ladisch, (Thu May 1, 7:53 am)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Kevin Cosgrove, (Mon Apr 28, 5:47 pm)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Gene Heskett, (Mon Apr 28, 11:17 am)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Raphaƫl Mouneyres, (Mon Apr 28, 7:29 am)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Len Ovens, (Mon Apr 28, 8:55 pm)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Kevin Cosgrove, (Mon Apr 28, 8:58 pm)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Len Ovens, (Tue Apr 29, 12:26 am)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Joe Hartley, (Mon Apr 28, 12:04 pm)
Re: [LAU] HW upgrade - new computer, Len Ovens, (Mon Apr 28, 9:09 pm)