Discussion in 'Computing' started by unplugged_unsigned, May 17, 2009.

  1. I've got an HP Desktop that I use to record with and I'm planning on upgrading to the MBOX 2 and celeron is not noted as being compatible.

    3.3 GHz Intel Celeron D
    120g hard drive 7200rpm
    1.5 gigs of ram

    I'm just kinda scared to buy this because I understand they list compatible hardware for a reason. I guess I'm just thinking somebody out there may have tried a similer setup with success.

  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    My "daw" is a slower Pentium D, probably equvalent to that Celeron, slower hard drives though.

    I don't use Pro Tools interfaces but as a 2-track DAW, I find it acceptable hardware.

    Perhaps you could swing down another route instead of pro tools.
  3. Yea really I was going elsewhere other than protools, but I do the vocal on a lot of demo's and the format is 99.9% of the time Protools. I just makes it easier to be able to do them at my house and have compatible software.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    The Celeron will likely work. I don't know why it wouldn't anyway.

    The Celeron line were the red headed stepchildren to the full price Intel versions. You're also talking about processor technology that was new in 2003 or there abouts. Digi might have simply dropped it from the list.
  5. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    May 2, 2005
    Portland, OR
    the new Celeron-D's are watered down versions of the Duo's mostly for people who want to surf the internet, IM, check email, etc.
    And when i say watered down that's an understatment. it's about 25% of the effecientcy of the Duo

    They are not meant to handle CPU intensive applications, especially audio apps like Pro Pools and the like.

    I would not go with Celeron unless you had no other options.
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Good call. I did forget to mention the lack of performance when referencing the buck toothed red headed step child. Also I was thinking in reference to just two channels on an MBox. Protools itself will definitely chew up more resources.

    Overclocking these things is definitely not a good idea either in the FWIW category.
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Well, knows this: it's a crapshoot. If your computer is not listed on the ProTools list of acceptable hardware, they'll provide you with no support even if you get it working. They'll tell you they've heard of people who have gotten their ProTools working on Celeron-based machines but they don't know how? And you have to have their approved operating system as well, generally not supplied with current inexpensive laptops. You need XP home or Pro and certainly not Media Center Edition nor Vista.

    3.5 years ago I purchased myself a Hewlett-Packard DV8339 US. I didn't do my homework properly. It had XP MCE. So I thought to myself, "Media Center Edition" obviously geared toward audio/video media professionals. NOT! It's made for children & clueless adults. Completely incompatible with my newer software which runs quite nicely on my older 2GHz IBM/Lenovo T-30 with its Pentium 4M, with XP Pro (which was not on their compatibility list but works nevertheless). So you might just want to go down to your local used computer store and see what kind of used laptops they have that are on the Pro tools compatibility list?

    Operating system challenged
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  8. Thanks for all the replies! I have since fixed the problem. I have checked the compatability lists for a processor swap in my system and was able to get a Pentium 4 519 3.06 ghz for 55 bucks at local pc shop. Bought another gig of ram for 20 bucks so both slots have a full gig chip in them. And switched from the original ide hard drive to a sata 320 gig. Seems to be working really well. It is def a bit faster. I haven't ran it since I switched hard drives yet. Either way I've only spent about 75 bucks on it ( hard drive was givin to me by computer buff uncle) and I'm totally confident that it will work. It came with XP home on it and thats what is going back on it so I would imagine it should be fine with protools. At least now its on the compatible list.
    I guess we'll see.
  9. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Just another note regarding ProTools. Do NOT upgrade to ProTools 8. Even with that "better" cpu you will not have enough power under the hood. A lot of people with quad core cpus that are experiencing sluggish performance. This is a bug that we keep praying to be fixed. Whether or not it will happen is another thing.

    That all being said, I seem to have found the magic key that allows my system to perform as well with 8 as it does with 7.4. It's a mystery.
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