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Newbie With Mbox2!

Well today I bought the Mbox 2 and Keystation 49e for 500 bucks and have been installing it, etc. I have a list of questions here that I need help with if possible.
1.) It comes with some 6.8 or something LE pro tools but I would like to upgrade to Pro Tools 7. Since I have this pack and all can I upgrade to 7 for free? Someone told me that they think you can as long as I have the code here for my old one.
2.) I have only ONE USB port and I understand that in order to run MBox2 and record from it onto my laptop I need a external drive. I bought a 160gb external drive with 2.0 USB and Firewire but my laptop has one ONE USB port so what can I do here?
3.) Also I need a new computer and would like a nice one but cannot afford a 3000 dollar G5 computer. Any opinionshere? I want to get into recording and I have connections to learn and get into working at a studio, etc so I am not sure what most places use. I hear a LOT of people using G5's... Is this something I should save up for or can I get away with spending only 1000 bucks and build my own PC?
IMO I don't see what is the problem with building my own but so far from the guys I have talked to they all say G5. I dont have that kind of money at all and it would take me 2 years at least to save that much for a computer.
Thanks a lot for any help here guys and sorry for all the questions. I tried to keep them organized and all by numbering them so hope that helps.

Shawn-

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iznogood Tue, 12/20/2005 - 10:30
1. if you bought your mbox 2 recently it should've come with PT7.... your reseller should upgrade for free

2. externanl HD's should always run on firewire.... usb2 is slower in real life

3. the G5 is very worth saving for... it's second to none!! (won't start another mac/pc debate) PC's will make your life harder...

anonymous Tue, 12/20/2005 - 21:19
I have seen the G5's for about 1700 bucks, how is this one? I know the other ones are like dual processors or something but do I really need that and have to spend 3 grand on one to get a nice setup or will the 1700 dollar one be fine? I have NEVER used a Apple or Mac computer so are programs like AOL, MSN, etc all the same? That is probably a completely stupid question but reason I don't know is because I was looking into getting Lenux (lenix, sp?) on this PC instead of Windows and I know the programs are different like instead of internet explorer, etc.
Thanks again guys, this is a great forum!

Shawn-

iznogood Tue, 12/20/2005 - 23:41
Shawn F. wrote: I have seen the G5's for about 1700 bucks, how is this one? all new g5's are dual....which g5 are you taliking about?? btw the dual 2G is 2kI know the other ones are like dual processors or something but do I really need that and have to spend 3 grand on one to get a nice setup or will the 1700 dollar one be fine?almost any G5 will be a good computer..... but if you need to use tons of virtual instruments you need something fast I have NEVER used a Apple or Mac computer so are programs like AOL, MSN, etc all the same?in a word YES.... ichat can use your aol account and msn messenger is free from MS That is probably a completely stupid question but reason I don't know is because I was looking into getting Lenux (lenix, sp?) on this PC instead of Windows and I know the programs are different like instead of internet explorer, etc. while linux might be a great OS there's not much music software....
Thanks again guys, this is a great forum!

Shawn-

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