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Old 11-03-2009, 06:55 PM
DeyBwah DeyBwah is offline
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Default Getting Pro Tools 8 to work in Windows 7 32bit - Digi002 (what worked for me)

After 3 days of trial and error, I finally got Pro Tools 8 to work on my Windows 7 machine.

Here's the steps I took.

1) Make sure Digi is off and not plugged in via Firewire
2) Boot from Windows 7 disc, format partition, install Windows 7
3) Install iTunes (to prevent aac error during installation)
4) Set firewire to legacy mode
5) Go to Services, open up plug and play Properties, go to Recovery tab, set first, second and subsequent failures to "Take No Action"
6) Right click Pro Tools 8 installer and "Troubleshoot Compatibility", use recommended settings (should be Windows XP SP 2)
7) Plug in Firewire then turn on Digi002 when it asks you to
8) *Important, switch off the Digi002 as soon as the hardware drivers are done installing, so in otherwords, as soon as the "installing hardware drivers" dialog box disappear, switch off the Digi002
9) Restart, repeat steps 6-8 for 8.0cs3.
10) Restart, repeat steps 6-8 for 8.0.1 updater

Hopefully that works for others out there.

My main issue was getting BSOD (bluescreen of death) during installation and I knew it was related to Firewire. I noticed that the bluescreen would usually occur after the hardware drivers were installed, so it made sense to switch off my Digi002 once the hardware drivers were finished installing.

I'm not positive if the plug and play settings are required, but my logic is to prevent any activity with Firewire, especially any automatic activity. My original intention was to disable plug and play entirely, but it doesn't let you for some reason... (grayed out)

Once installation is complete, run Pro Tools with "Troubleshoot Compatibility" every time, don't hit next and try to set it up as default settings. For some reason, it says incompatible and throws errors.

Kind of gimpy, but at least it works! (celebrates!)

Anyway, I'm curious to see if others have any luck with these steps.

Good luck!

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