Hi folks! For the next few days, there will be no further song-title updating. I will work to remedy this as soon as possible. What I’ve found is that on my ancient Pentium 4 1.8ghz PC with 768mb RAM was constantly running at 100% CPU. I had the automation system and my processing/streaming system all working on the same computer. While the streaming/processing wanted more than 60% CPU, the automation wanted at least 50% so they would tug o’war and end up ultimately crashing the computer. It also resulted in some less than stellar presentation on-air.

The solution is, ultimately, to replace that computer with a higher caliber system. Due to my budgeting restraints (read: non-existant), I split the duties. The automation runs on the above machine, I then run the streaming/processing system on my newer family computer. So far, so good. It just involved running an audio patch cable between sound cards on the two machines and running the audio through the stream/processor. The major limitation, other than taking up 2 computers now, is that song title info is not brought over from the automation to the other computer running the stream.

I did find it interesting that while the stream/processor combo took upwards of 65% CPU on the older computer it only runs about 13% on the newer one?? My newer computer is a P4 3GHz Hyper-Threading with 3GB RAM.  Pretty interesting finding.

That’s the deal for now. I will try to update you. If you’d like to donate a new computer, that would rock! Otherwise, we will work with what we’ve got and try to make it work. Thanks for listening to the New KXRT!


By timmy

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