Power Macintosh Blue & White G3 - Pro Tools | 24 Requirements

Power Macintosh Blue & White G3 - Pro Tools|24 Requirements

Blue & White G3 Processors of all speeds supported

Mac OS 9.0.4, 9.1, 9.2.2

QuickTime 4.1.2 required with Pro Tools v5.1.1 (included with Mac OS 9.0.4, Pro Tools installation CD, or download the standalone QuickTime 4.1.2 Installer from Apple. QuickTime 5.0.2 is also supported)

G3 Firmware Update 1.1 required
Available from Apple at: http://asu.info.apple.com/swupdates.nsf/artnum/n11361

ATTO ExpressPro-Tools v2.3.2 required (supplied on Pro Tools v5.1 and 5.1.1 CD-ROM)

External Floppy Diskette Drive

Although not required with Pro Tools installation, a Digidesign Qualified External Floppy Diskette Drive (USB floppy drive) may be required for installation of some Plug-Ins and optional software applications when used with Macintosh Blue & White G3 or newer models that do not include a floppy drive.

Firewire Drives:

Built-in Firewire ports on the Blue & White G3 are not recommended with firewire hard drives due to poor performance.


For maximum track count, the Blue & white G3 requires the use of a qualified SCSI HBA card. Optional SCSI HBA cards bundled (by Apple) with Power Macintosh computers are not compatible with this configuration due to the lack of NVRAM to store Pro Tools desired SCSI transfer rate. The following SCSI HBA cards are qualified for use with Blue & White G3s:

ATTO ExpressPCI SCSI HBA card EPCI-DC (ExpressPCI Dual Channel Ultra/WIDE HBA, also available in the Digidesign SCSI64 Kit) with the following requirements:

— OR —

Adaptec Power Domain SCSI HBA cards including:

  • 2940UW
  • 3940UW

with the following requirements:

MIDI: Both USB and serial MIDI interfaces work effectively with Pro Tools. Serial MIDI interfaces require either a Mac serial port or a qualified modem-to-serial port adapter. Digidesign currently supports the GeeThree Stealth Port or Griffin gPort installed in the modem port (thereby not using a PCI slot).

When using the GeeThree products with OS 9.0.4, version 1.0.3 or higher of the Stealth Port extension is required, available here: http://www.geethree.com/download.html

DSP Farm and SampleCell II Support: The PCI Matchmaker chip on a DSP Farm must be rev QC or QE (see this page for details) to be compatible. Cards with rev Q chips can be upgraded. Please contact your local Digidesign office using the following procedure:

d24 Support: Some d24 cards may experience recognition problems in the 400 MHz Blue & White G3 or G4s with AGP Graphics. If so, please contact your local Digidesign office.