Minimum Computer Specification Guidelines & Known Issues
Pro Tools|HD with Pro Tools 5.3.3 for Windows XP
Digidesign recognizes that some customers will want to build their own computer for use with Pro Tools. To help increase the potential for success, we are providing the following known system requirements.
However customers should be very aware of the following:
Digidesign can not provide full customer support as to the potential loss of performance for such systems. If a loss in performance is encountered Digidesign will assist customers by verifying the components of the system, to look for incompatibilities. If it is determined that the problem is inherent to a system component, a substitution to a different component may be necessary. Digidesign can not guarantee that all performance issues on these computers will be solved; however incorporating components from this compatibility document can help customers avoid problems.
Systems adhering to this specification are in no way certified by Digidesign to provide full Pro Tools functionality or track performance. While they may be able to operate perfectly well and provide full track count performance, they cannot be guaranteed to do so.
It is impossible for this list to comprehensively cover all possible options. We are providing details of known requirements and known failures based on our experience to date.
Supported Processors (uniprocessor machines only)
Note: Dell Dimension 4500 and 8200 systems require Dell BIOS version A05 when used with Pro Tools|HD
System RAM: Minimum 256 MB
System Software: Windows XP Professional or XP Home Edition. XP Service Pack 1 also supported.
Monitor: Color required; 14" minimum; 17" or larger recommended at 800 x 600 (minimum) or 1024x768 (recommended)
SCSI Host Adapter:
Known Issues - Computers & Components
Many computer manufactures fabricate proprietary non-ATX style motherboards that utilize daughter cards for their expansion slots. On these machines, we have seen poor performance with Pro Tools Sessions exceeding 32 tracks and system boot errors.
Users of Phoenix BIOS may upgrade to the latest BIOS version, available from Phoenix, to resolve compatibility issues with these cards.