Power Macintosh G4 (AGP Graphics) ToolBox & Audiomedia III
With Pro Tools LE Version 5.1.1 for Mac OS 9
Apple G4 (AGP Graphics) Computers Supported:
*** Pro Tools 5.x does not utilize the second processor in Apple Dual Processor CPUs. If problems (such as -6042 errors) occur when using Pro Tools on a Dual Processor CPU, Digidesign recommends the following: Download and install ApplePCI - Apple Multiprocessor and G4 PowerBook Expansion Chassis Fix
The Apple Single Processor 1 GHz, Dual 1.25 GHz, and Dual 1.42 GHz Power Mac G4 "FW800" FireWire 800 models from 2003 will only boot with OS X as the startup system. Pro Tools 5.x will not work with Mac OS X or in "Classic" mode when booted in OS X, so these computers cannot be used with Pro Tools 5.x for Mac OS 9.
Mac OS 9.0.4 (earlyG4 models) or 9.1 (5-slot models) or 9.2.x (Quicksilver models) required
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:
Links to software and drivers are available in the Digidesign Support/Downloads/Utilities Section:
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.
SCSI Accelerator (Host Bus Adapter) Card NOT required:
Although Pro Tools LE supports a full 24 tracks of record and playback on a dedicated ATA/IDE or Firewire hard drive, use of a SCSI HBA card with a SCSI drive can increase some performance aspects of your Pro Tools LE system. For more information refer to the Audio Storage Requirements page.
The following SCSI HBA cards are qualified with the PowerMac G4 desktop models with Pro Tools LE:
Digidesign SCSI|128 Kit (includes ATTO EPCI-UL3D Dual Channel Ultra3 SCSI Host Bus Adapter)
Digidesign SCSI64 Kit (with ATTO EPCI-DC Dual Channel Ultra/WIDE SCSI Host Bus Adapter)
ATTO EPCI-DC (Dual Channel Ultra/WIDE SCSI Host Bus Adapter)
ATTO EPCI-UL2D (Dual Channel Ultra2 SCSI Host Bus Adapter, discontinued)
ATTO EPCI-UL3D (Dual Channel Ultra3 SCSI Host Bus Adapter - Model # EPCI-UL3D-000)
Note: The 66MHz version of the ATTO EPCI-UL3D (model # EPCI-UL3D-066) is not supported for use with Pro Tools systems, regardless of whether your Pro Tools system is installed on a 33 MHz or 66 MHz PCI bus. The 66 MHz version is tuned for performance on a 66 MHz PCI bus. However, when Pro Tools is installed in a 66 MHz PCI bus, it reduces the speed of the PCI bus to 33 MHz. As a result, you will receive superior performance with the 33 MHz UL3D, because it is tuned for a 33 MHz PCI bus.
Recommended ATTO settings for approved SCSI Host Bus Adapters with Mbox:
Adaptec Power Domain SCSI HBA 2906 with the following requirements:
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 for G4 - AGP Video (Sawtooth), Stealth Port for Dual Processor G4s, or Griffin g4Port 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
Digidesign supports the following MIDI Interfaces for use with the 2001 models of Apple's G4s and Pro Tools® 5.1.1:
While full testing will not be performed with older Pro Tools versions or older CPUs, we do not anticipate problems using these MIDI Interfaces.
Dual Monitor AGP Graphics Cards
Note: The NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium built-to-order option from Apple not yet tested.
* ProMax DH-Max Notes: Occasionally when booting a system with the ProMax DH-Max dual monitor card, the top portion of the monitors are black, the apple menu bar appears in the middle of the screen, the bottom portion of the desktop is unreachable, or the desktop may be offset to one side. A reboot will usually solve this problem. Otherwise, you can open the Monitor control panel and rearrange the monitors.
SampleCell II Support:
The PCI Matchmaker chip on a SampleCell card must be rev QC or QE (check the end of the line directly below "PCI Matchmaker" on the chip) to be compatible. Cards with rev Q chips can be upgraded.