Pro Tools Free for Windows 98/Me

Pro Tools Free for Windows 98/Me — System Requirements

Important information

The system requirements on this page are meant for general guideline purposes only. Digidesign cannot guarantee compatibility with any particular computer system, or various components installed on it.

Due to the giveaway nature of Pro Tools Free, this product is not eligible for technical support by telephone, fax or email. If you do have problems or technical questions, check the Pro Tools FREE Technical & Customer Support Information page for resources available to you.

Because Pro Tools FREE is limited to one third of the audio tracks supported by Pro Tools LE 5.0.1, users may find that it is compatible with some older/slower computers which are not included on these pages.

Digidesign Hardware Not Required

Digidesign Software Version
Pro Tools 5.0.1 FREE Revision 2

Compatible CPU Models

Highly Recommended:

  • Intel Pentium III - Processors of all speeds are compatible, desktop or laptop, single processor

Have been reported as compatible by some users:

  • Intel Pentium II - desktop or laptop, single processor, 300 MHz or faster
  • Intel Celeron, 300 MHz or faster
  • AMD Athlon Thunderbird processor
  • AMD Athlon XP processor

Known Incompatibilities
Caution - Pro Tools FREE has been problematic with the following systems or systems with the following components:

  • Some Sony VAIO computers
  • Some Hewlett Packard Pavillion computers
  • Cyrix processor based computers
  • AMD K6, K6-2 or K6-III, K7 processor based computers
  • Original Pentium processor based computers (Pentium I)
  • VIA chipset based motherboard computers
  • "ESS Solo-1 PCI AudioDrive" Sound, video and game controller. This device can be disabled from the "Device Manager" in the "System" Control Panel.

Additional Computer Requirements

Third-Party MIDI Controllers & Interfaces

Optional Software - Plug-In Finder

Optional Digidesign Hardware
SampleCell II Plus - SampleCell software must be installed before Pro Tools FREE is installed.

Optional Third-Party SCSI HBA Card
Adaptec AVA-2906

Maximum Performance Guidelines
Pentium III at 500 MHz or higher processor speed, Single Processor. Performance and the number of Plug-Ins will vary from PC to PC; however faster is better
Total System RAM: 192 MB or higher
File System (all drives): FAT32

Also note that we have seen better performance on computers that have less components attached and non-custom versions of the BIOS or Windows.

Need Advice on a Computer Purchase?
Be sure to check out the Pro Tools LE Windows section of the Digidesign User Conference for computer recommendations from other Pro Tools LE users.
Disclaimer: Digidesign can not verify that the information in this forum will provide full functionality or performance. Please refer to these Compatibility Documents for Digidesign's official system requirements.