Power Mac G5 Pro Tools|HD Requirements
For Pro Tools|HD 1, HD 2, HD 3, HD 2 Accel, and HD 3 Accel Systems
With Pro Tools 6.9.1 for Mac OS X 10.3.8 (Panther)
Supported Power Mac G5 Computers
Not Qualified with Pro Tools|HD and Pro Tools|HD Accel Systems
Dual Processor G5 & 2 GB RAM Required with the following:
Not Tested with Avid Mojo
April 27, 2005 Power Mac G5 Models Not Compatible with Pro Tools 6.9.1 for Mac OS X 10.3
The following Power Mac G5 models (introduced April 27, 2005) ship with Mac OS X version 10.4 (Tiger) installed. Please see System Software below for additional information on Pro Tools 6.9.1 system software requirements and Pro Tools 6.9.2 for Mac OS X version 10.4.
Pro Tools 6.9.1 will not work with the Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" operating system. A free compatibility update for Mac OS X 10.4 is now available for Pro Tools|HD users with Pro Tools TDM 6.4 or higher software:
System RAM Requirements
1 GB or more recommended for sessions with:
More RAM increases overall system and Pro Tools performance. OS X does not require minimum or preferred RAM settings for Pro Tools as RAM is dynamically allocated.
iLok Authorized Plug-Ins
Although not required with Pro Tools installation, an iLok USB Hardware Key may be required for installation of some plug-ins and optional software applications.
Supported Expansion Chassis
For detailed information, please see the following:
SCSI Accelerator Cards
For maximum track count, Pro Tools|HD systems require the use of a qualified SCSI HBA card. The following SCSI HBA cards are qualified with the Power Mac G5 models listed at the top of this page.
Control Surfaces & MIDI Interfaces
Dual Monitor AGP Graphics Cards
All dual monitor cards which ship as standard equipment with qualified Apple Power Mac G5 models at the top of this page are supported with Pro Tools 6.
Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
The Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display has been qualified with Pro Tools 6.9.1 with the following AGP graphics card:
This AGP graphics card does not block the adjacent PCI slot, and allows the use of all 3 PCI and PCI-X slots
Not Tested by Digidesign with Apple Cinema HD Display
Apple has qualified the following AGP graphics cards for use with the Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display:
Due to size of these NVIDEA AGP graphics cards, the adjacent PCI or PCI-X slot will be blocked and reduces the number of available PCI or PCI-X slots from three to two.
Maximum Performance Guidelines
Energy Saver Settings for Power Mac G5
For optimal Pro Tools performance, you must set Processor Performance (located in System Preferences > Energy Saver > Options) to "Highest". Updating your Mac OS may reset this to the default setting: "Automatic". After updating your Mac OS, check to make sure this is set to "Highest".
Apple's Mac OS help documentation provides the following info on Energy Saver Processor settings:
Pro Tools Does Not Support Sleep Mode
In the Macintosh System Preferences, launch Energy Saver, click the Sleep tab, and disable all Sleep features. Set "Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive" to Never. Do not manually put your computer to sleep when running Pro Tools.
Known Incompatibilities & Issues
AVoption|V10 is only compatible with Windows XP
AVoption|XL is not compatible with Pro Tools 6.4 and higher. Do not install Pro Tools 6.4 or higher on an AVoption|XL system.
Incompatible with Power Mac G5 due to 5.0 volt limitation:
Third-Party PCI Cards Incompatible with Power Mac G5
Older versions of the Igniter, IgniterRT, and IgniterLT card are not electronically or physically compatible with the Power Mac G5, as they are 5 volt-only cards. You can tell if your card is compatible by examining the edge connector. If there is only one "slot" in the PCI edge connector, it is the older style 5 volt-only card. For details on how to upgrade to the newer IgniterX card, go to:
Other Digidesign PCI cards are not compatible with Pro Tools|HD Systems or Power Mac G5
Previous Digidesign PCI cards are incompatible with Pro Tools|HD systems. You cannot combine Pro Tools|HD and these PCI cards, either in the CPU or an expansion chassis. Doing so will cause crashes, or the CPU will simply fail to boot. The following Digidesign cards are not compatible with Pro Tools|HD systems for Mac OS X or Power Mac G5:
The following Digidesign hardware is also not compatible with Pro Tools|HD systems: