Power Macintosh Blue & White G3 - Digi ToolBox XP Requirements

Power Macintosh Blue & White G3 - Digi ToolBox XP 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)

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

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

External Floppy Diskette Drive

Although not required with Pro Tools installation, an external floppy diskette drive may be required for some Plug-Ins installations. The following external USB diskette drives are currently supported:

  • Imation SuperDisk
  • NewerTechnology uDrive
  • SmartDisk USB Floppy Drive (model FDUSB-M, Color Kit Edition, formerly VST) Note: Information on VST brand products from SmartDisk can be found at: www.smartdisk.com

Links to software and drivers are available in the Digidesign Support/Downloads/Utilities Section:

  • SmartDisk (VST) Floppy Drive (model FDUSB-M)
  • Imation SuperDisk
  • NewerTechnology uDrive
  • PACE USB Floppy Enabler

Apple's revised USB support allows for booting from a USB drive, therefore you should not boot up your system with an authorization disk inserted in the USB Drive.

Firewire Drives:

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

SCSI HBA Card NOT required: Although Pro Tools LE supports a full 24 tracks of record and playback on a dedicated ATA/IDE hard drive, use of a SCSI HBA card with a SCSI drive can increase some performance aspects of your system: for more information refer to the Audio Storage Requirements page. 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 with the G4s listed at the top of this page:

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:

  • 2906
  • 2940UW
  • 3940UW
  • 2940U2W

with the following requirements: