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Old 02-05-2006, 12:10 PM
Joemanuk Joemanuk is offline
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I purchased an Mbox 2 with pro tools 6.8.1 afew days ago....Since then after wondering why I kept receiving the 6086 error :"The operating system held off interupts for to long try increasing H/W buffer etc..." I found out that my chipset is incompatible with the Mbox2 ...I have an Intel i915P which is in the official uncompatible list...My question is simple, could someone please confirm that if I purchase a new motherboard, (one of the officially compatible ones) and do a change over of components from my current motherboard to the compatible one.... will this definatly fix the error? Considering I have a second hard drive pacifically for audio (approved 7200rpm etc..) and quite a nice set up i.e. all the other areas of potential conflict with the mbox, I have checked and they are null ...

Could someone also tell me whether its worth purchasing a VIA USB 2 PCI card as a first attempt at fixing the error as I've heard this is a potential way to solve the problem.

Thanks in advance

Mainboard : MSI (MS-7058)
Chipset : Intel i915P
Processor : Intel Pentium 4 630 @ 3000 MHz
Physical Memory : 1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR-SDRAM )
Video Card : Nvidia Corp GeForce 6800 Series GPU [BR02.1]
Hard Disk : SAMSUNG (160 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : AXV CD/DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device
Monitor Type : Dell Computer DELL P991 - 18 inchs
Network Card : Marvell Semiconductor (Was: Galileo Technology Ltd) Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professionnal 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
DirectX : Version 9.0c
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:56 AM
Joemanuk Joemanuk is offline
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Anyone any help at all?
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Old 02-06-2006, 05:13 PM
jazzmandan jazzmandan is offline
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Sorry to hear of your problem, it would appear that the dreaded non-compatible MOBO is the kiss of death to PT. I think most folks know that and thats why your lament has fallen on deaft ears.

Lots of folks have encountered this and despite the talk of using a powered USB I don't think anyone has solved the problem, short of moving to another PC.
I did some research a while back and traced down the reference to the powered USB, my conclusion was that it was mostly antidotal, based more on the theoretical than the actual.
I am sure no one can give you any guarantees, but I would have no problem recommending a MOBO swap if you have the technical chops to pull it off. A couple hundred bucks may be the total solution. On the other hand buying a new “compatible” Dell may be another approach.
Good luck,
~2004 - Dell 4600 P4 3.0GHz, 2.0 GB Ram, XP Home SP3, 80GB HD for System, 120GB HD for Audio BIAB 2009, Pro Tools 8.0, MBox
09/12/2009 - Dell XPS 435T/9000 i7, 6G Ram, Vista 64 Bit 750 G SATA for System, 1TB SATA for Audio, Protools 8.0.1, MBox
10/31/2009 - Win 7 64Bit
MBox /PT not supported under Win7 - I didn't leave PT, PT left me!
11/30/2009 - MBox, REAPER

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Old 02-07-2006, 11:37 AM
Joemanuk Joemanuk is offline
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Thanks alot for the response jazzmandan this information has been most helpful. If I could afford it then I would buy a new PC, however I cannot. But I have the tecnical knowledge to swap a motherboard over, and yes if you have any to recommend that are definatly compatible I would be very grateful. The other part of my question was asking if anyone could spot any other known compatibility issues in my PC spec and simply inform me of this, because I would be pretty annoyed if I spent £150+ on a new MOBO and still received some h/w buffer errors. Obviously I ask for no guarantees, as that is impossible, but I read through all the other compatibility documents and found nothing other than my chipset that was a conflict with PT and therefore surmised that changing this MOBO to a compatible MOBO would solve my problems. If anyone can spot any other issues please inform me on this post and I will be very grateful.
Also if you (jazzmandan) or anyone else has any strong MOBO recommendations,(Tried and tested), then that would be great.

Thanks for the response
and thanks in advance to any answers to my questions.

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