I already have a sort of multi-boot system in that my OS drives are swappable; it’s way more trouble free and straight forward than dual booting for me. At present I only have two of three swappable drives in use, one for image capture and editing and another for audio. I pre-installed Win7 x64 on the third drive so I guess i could use that; it’s about 40 hours of installing and updating. I still have to decide where and when in the workflow to use x86 vs x64 since I can’t switch back and forth from 6.0.2 to 6.5.4.
As for my video issues, this behavior with video playback in Cubase coincided with the addition of “video boost”. I’ve been over this with tech support and others who suggested new video cards but my cards are powerful enough to work with Cubase 6.0.2 and, much more telling, the graphics intensive Premiere CS6. My current cards’ performance with Premiere prove they’re not the problem.
Video ceased to play after Steinberg mucked about with the CPU core allocation with the addition of “video boost” (see version history). That is the truth of the matter. I believe it’s more than likely sloppy, poorly implemented coding and decision making; someone writing that code knew what might happen when implementing such a fundamental change in CPU operation in the middle of a version’s life cycle and someone signed off on it.
Why Steinberg would add a “feature”, one that effects CPU operation at such a fundamental level before completing known bug fixes is beyond me. If a function stops working for me from one version to the next that is often to be expected but to have something break in the middle of it’s life cycle then be unable to avail myself of any subsequent bug-fixes as a result is unconscionable. If I was the only one who had video problems it would be different but I’m not.
Anyway, sorry for the rant, I’m just trying to find a work around to a very long standing issue. I like the idea of using my third swappable drive; it just means a lot of work that I wasn’t prepared for. It really is a good idea, thanks.