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Re: filmscanners: Nikonscan and dual processors

At 20:18 05-10-01 -0700, you wrote:
>Just got this back from Nikon:
> >"It is known by Nikon that there are problems with Dual Processor PC's,
>Windows and Mac.  Although the Product Brochures do not specifically say
>the 2CPU machines will not work, neither do they say it does.

That's a bunch of weasel-worded crap. No application states anything like that.

>  Dual
>Processors are good but only for applications that are designed for them
>like Photoshop.  Ours is not and probably will not be for the foreseeable
>future.  Best performance with our products is achieved (currently) on
>single processor P4 machines running lots of RDRAM"<

Excuse me? Nikon is implying that NS won't work properly on AMD systems or 
P2's. Because only high-end P3 and to-date all P4 machines have RDRAM. 
Perhaps Nikon development doesn't even know what that means.

>so the forums guesses were right, dual processors and nikonscan dont work
>very well. (I get one scan in four or so)
>funny thing is I'm not asking for NS to *utilise* dual processors, just not
>to crash with them.

In Win2K it's simple to set an application to use just one processor by 
using Task Manager. Right-click on the application name in the process list 
and select Processor Affinity. However, I've done this with NS 3.1 and it 
makes no difference whatsoever. All that the message from Nikon tells me is 
that they're clueless or that they vaguely suspect that their application's 
multithreading is less than optimal. They really need to hire professional 
development people instead of those high school interns they're using. 
Perhaps they should make an offer to Ed Hamrick that he can't refuse;-)

Everyone knows that NS crashes just as readily on a single CPU as it does 
on an SMP system.

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