Thanks for the input, John. I would not expect to multi-task while the notebook was in a digital session. I recognize it's limitations. Any ideas about a simple interface. Rigblaster etc. ?
I use a Rig Blaster Plug n Play with MultiPSK (from your part of world) on a 6 year old laptop I rebuilt (faster CPU, more RAM and new HD) and it works well. While some will push Signal Link, the problem with it is that it has no positive PTT control as it depends on VOX keying in Signal Link adapter. I also use a cheap USB sound device for Digi that is the size of a ZIP stick so Plug n Play has its own sound device too.