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Instructions Last Updated: 02-24-2016
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These changes will allow your computer to run at the highest performance level for Digital Audio.
NOTE: We recommend installing a Start Menu on your Windows 8 system to make it user friendly. You can get one from here
DONE - Change #1: Update Windows
Make sure that you have the latest Windows Updates and Optional Software to increase the efficiency of your computer.
DONE - Change #2: Install Video Codecs
You need to install Video Codecs on your computer to beable to play different types of Video files in Hoster.
DONE - Change #3: Disable Windows Search Indexer
DONE - Change #4: Disable Alarm Sounds
Hoster can show Exclamation and Question message boxes that sound audio "alerts". Disable these sounds so they don't disrupt your show.
POSSIBLE REQUIRED CHANGES
We say "possible" here because it depends on your computer and what types of files you want to play.
DONE - Change #5: Turn off User Access Control (UAC)
If you imported CDG disc KMA songs are stored on an external USB hard drive, the Songs Database will NOT find them unless UAC is disabled. This is a Microsoft Access Database limitation, not a Hoster bug.
Also, Windows 7 housekeeping tasks can interrupt your show unless you disable UAC.
DONE - Change #6: Enable Dual Display
DONE - Change #7: Allow Windows Media Player to Play Local Files
It must be set as below or Video files will not play at all.
Install At Least 2GB Computer RAM
With Windows 7 and Hoster 4.xx with 10,000+ songs in your Songs Database, your computer needs at least 2GB RAM to run safely and reliably. With insufficient RAM, you may be importing disc 670 and weird bad things start happening... for no apparent reason... out of RAM!
Processor Speed Should Be At Least 1.3GHz
Hoster 4.x requires at least 1.3GHz to safely run all the new features. If you have a tightly designed Laptop or Shuttle computer, you may not be able to buy and install a faster processor as the Power Supply may be insufficient for an upgrade. However... adding a faster processor MAY or MAY NOT require more power. If you don't know, you need to find technical help to do this for you. With parts and labor, it may be cheaper to replace the computer.
Hard Drive Free Space
Most users don't know that Windows REQUIRES free hard drive space to perform "housekeeping" tasks to run reliably. Some experts say you need 25% free hard drive space, but at least 10% would be a minimum. If you have a 100GB drive, you need at least 10-25GB free. With a 250GB drive, you need 25-60GB free. If you see your hard drive light flashing a lot after 5 seconds when a new song starts playing, your drive may be "thrashing" due to not having enough free space. If you see this, add another USB external 1 Terabyte hard drive and copy your karaoke, audio, and videos files to it so your C: drive has more free space.
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