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Logic 9 LOGIC 9 System Overload

Discussion in 'Logic 9' started by wspurdy, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. wspurdy

    wspurdy New Member

    Logic 9 keeps giving me “System Overload” message. It began within this last week when I began tracking bass guitar for my album. My RAM meter will bounce up and down if I have one of the tracks record-ready, and if it’s not record-ready the RAM meter doesn’t bounce, however I still get the “Overload” message! I have:

    -experimented with all buffer sizes
    -experimented with all sample rates
    -updated driver for Presonus Firestudio Mobile
    -been working from 1 TB G-Drive
    -Moved “Preferences” file
    -upgraded RAM from 4 -> 8 GB
    -Frozen tracks
    -Selected all tracks as “No Input”

    I do not know what else it could be! This problem JUST began surfacing at rates in which it never had before, and I don’t get it. Should I move all my stuff from my internal hard drive to my external, so that there’s more than 70 GB free? Should I try some script? I’m SO close to finishing my CD and I canNOT let this stop me! D:

    MacBook Pro
    OS: Mac X 10.6.7
    Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    RAM: 8 GB 1067 DDR3 (6.57 GB free)
    Memory: 68.66 GB free of 500 GB
    Logic 9.0.2
  3. georgelegeriii

    georgelegeriii Senior member

    I was experiencing the exact same behavior, and ran disc utility. to discover that my main system drive required some serious repairs. I booted off my system installer drive, opened disc utility, repaired the main system drive, and all the issues went away.

    I can't say for sure if that will be your solution, but with the exact same symptoms and issues, it resolved mine.
  4. irfon

    irfon New Member

    Check if anything else is running? I ran into something similar and then realized that I had activated Time Machine on my system and the overloads were when Time Machine kicked in and tried to do a backup.
  5. georgelegeriii

    georgelegeriii Senior member


    just noticed upon rereading that you mentioned that your data is on your internal drive... bad move.

    I had an entire main drive go down because I was using my laptop drive as a system drive and a data drive (having done this in the past, I thought it was no problems). When I took my no longer working laptop to the mac repaid depot, a reformat of my drive,and all was good (other than the data and stuff on my drive that hadn't been backed up yet).

    So yea, get a good external drive and put it all there. Plus your built in drive is usually slower on a laptop. And you should always have 10% space left on your main drive at all times for the system to do it's things (actually, 25% is actually better).

    One thing to be aware of: Make sure your "Process buffer" is not set to large. this always causes issues, and I have seen systems that worked and started to have issues become totally unusable when someone increased this buffer while trying to resolve the issue.

    I'd also suggest upgrading Logic to 9.1.4. The current version of Logic handles multiple CPU's better, among other bug fixes.

    Q: you do mean your CPU meter, right? You can always open up the "activity monitor" in your utilities folder and take a look there. Sometimes I see an app that suddenly starts taking all my cpu or drive access, and that can also screw up Logic.

    Please let us know if any of these things are working for you, ok?
  6. cmoore976

    cmoore976 New Member

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