New notebook: BTO P•BOOK 17CL45-GT650 i7 QUAD

Yay, got a new notebook, a BTO P•BOOK 17CL45-GT650 i7 QUAD! I visited BTO last Tuesday and placed an order for a custom built notebook and it arrived yesterday. It’s quite a monster if you ask me:

  • Intel Core i7-3630QM Quad Core Processor (6MB Cache, 2.3 GHz, Turbo Mode 3.3GHz)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 120GN SSD
  • 1TB HDD
  • Nvidia GT650M

One of the reasons I chose BTO besides the fact that they offer custom built notebooks is that they also offer the choice to have your custom built notebook come without an OS. Unfortunately it came without a license, in other words, when I first started the notebook it booted into a Windows 7 installation procedure. No biggie, created a bootable USB stick with the Ubuntu 12.04 mini ISO and wiped all partitions. 20 minutes later I could boot into a fresh Lubuntu installation. And you know what? All the essential stuff worked out of the box! So far the following things just work:

  • Network, both WiFi and wired
  • Sound
  • Webcam
  • Fn buttons
  • Display
  • Suspend to RAM

The only real challenge is probably getting the Nvidia Optimus configuration to work but I already found some very specific documentation. Yes, the BTO is actually a Clevo W170ER housing with custom hardware.

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BTO P•BOOK 17CL45-GT650 i7 QUAD/Clevo W170ER

Other than that the BTO was a breeze to set up and it happily runs Lubuntu 12.04. Booting into a complete desktop takes less than 15 seconds at the moment. Next up is configuring it properly for real-time, low-latency audio. If I want to get the most out of it I’ll probably have to start looking for a decent USB2.0 audio interface. The BTO has no FireWire or PCI Express ports. A sign of the times, guess FireWire is basically dead technology.

New notebook: BTO P•BOOK 17CL45-GT650 i7 QUAD

LAC2011 update

Het programma voor LAC2011 is klaar. Twee keer anderhalf uur mag ik van wal steken. Vrijdag 6 mei om 14.00 met Configuring your system for low-latency real-time audio processing’ en zaterdag 7 mei om 14.15 met A musician’s workflow: composing, recording and arranging with qtractor and friends’. Zaterdagavond zal ik ook een live optreden doen tijdens de Linux Sound Night.

De Linux Sound Night was een beetje een gedoe. Mijn aanmelding was om de één of andere vage reden afgewezen. Zou volgens de organisatie (een groep studenten van de NUIM) niet passen binnen het idee/thema dat ze in gedachten hadden voor de avond. Heb ze een mail gestuurd met daarin mijn bezwaren hiertegen en vervolgens is mijn aanmelding alsnog goedgekeurd:

After having thought about my submission being declined I realized a few
– One of the workshops I do at LAC2011 was closely linked to a possible
performance (
– If I would’ve known about the sound you wanted to create for the night
I could have anticipated and made sure my submission would fit the event
– There are very few people making music with Linux professionally and
even fewer using Linux live on stage so I wondered who actually
submitted and in how far those acts do sit with the sound you have in mind
– It’s a Linux Sound Night so the event already has a theme, restricting
it even further to a subjective musical taste shouldn’t be taken into
consideration imho. It’s like organizing a vintage Japanese car show but
only allowing red and blue cars because those are the favorite colors of
the organization board (sorry for the car analogy).

Nadat dat allemaal geregeld was ben ik aan de voorbereidingen begonnen. Heb een FireWire ExpressCard moeten aanschaffen voor mijn notebook aangezien de onboard JMicron controller weigerde samen te werken met mijn Focusrite FireWire geluidskaart. Dat werkt inmiddels naar behoren zodat ik thuis mijn live set-up goed kan testen en mijn setje en workshops kan voorbereiden.

LAC2011 update