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Optimizing an old Mac for Pro Tools
Old 4 weeks ago
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Optimizing an old Mac for Pro Tools

Hey all,

I recently bought a dirt cheap 2011 MacBook Pro so I can run some older PT10 sessions. It seems to be in pretty good shape (750 GB HD, 4 BG RAM, 2.4 GHz Core i5), aside from the fact that it's sloooooooooowwwwwww.

Pro Tools takes about 5 - 10 minutes to get to the Quick Dialog, where I get a warning about low RAM, and even though I can open sessions, I have to do so with all plugins disabled. It crashes nearly every time I use it, and I get frequent "running critically low on memory" errors.

Obviously, my first hunch is to install new RAM, but is there anything else I should be looking at? The seller installed a new internal drive, so I think that should be good.
Old 4 weeks ago
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The way I'd approach it is I'd format the HD, install a version of OSX suitable for PT10 (f.ex 10.6 or 10.7), update it to its latest (f.ex 10.6.8), install driver for your audio interface, install PT10, update it to its latest (10.3.10), do all recommended optimizations found here: .

If everything works OK, I'd make a disk image backup, so you can roll back if things should break.

Then I'd start installing plugins, checking that they're compatible along the way.

Good luck.
Old 3 weeks ago
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I have a 2010 MBP that I use with PT10 for editing and such. Get a SSD and max the RAM. I am running Lion with my partition for PT use.
Old 3 weeks ago
What he said. Get more RAM and an SSD. 10.6.8 was a good system with PT10.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Yes, a new SSD and more ram should do you well as an upgrade.

However, it's been a while now but I found 11 more efficient than 10.
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