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Old 03-30-2005, 10:05 PM
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Default is the ibook and mbox combo ok?

Ive currently got the mbox, and I run a good laptop with it. Im thinking of switching over to a mac so I can learn it. Would an ibook be good enough to run the mbox with no problems?
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Old 03-30-2005, 10:19 PM
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Default Re: is the ibook and mbox combo ok?

Works pretty good for me, I picked up an iBook so my normal Pro Tools computer wouldn't need to go on the internet, but I've actually been using the iBook alot more than it lately. I don't run a whole lot of track with it, but I can say I've never had a problem with it, there's alot of mBox haters out there, but I've had great luck with mine, and it's an inexpesive way to learn how to use Pro Tools, plus I just use it for mixing at home, I record all the tracks at a studio with 24 ins, two ins and outs is great for at home....sorry I went off a little bit there.....just get a 512 stick of ram and it should run pretty smooth.....good luck.....
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Old 03-30-2005, 10:28 PM
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Default Re: is the ibook and mbox combo ok?

ya from what Ive heard, they come with 256, so do I just need to get 256 more added? I was wondering what are the stats on your ibook? I dont want to spend anymore than i have to. Down the road Im gonna drop money on the digi 002r and an Imac. Right now I still want to learn. Thanks for you help man.
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:03 AM
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Put at least a 512mb ram chip in your iBook when you get it - the 256mb sodimm is soldered to the board so that's in there forever...

now, that said, be careful if you're buying a _new_ iBook - Digi hasn't qualified the current incarnation of them, and if you search the forums, Chris Coleman has been having a helluva time getting a 1.2GHz iBook to do anything other than spit out error after error.

I have a 1GHz iBook, which I bought quite recently - it _is_ qualified with PT6.7 and OSX 10.3.8 (the latest) and I have very few difficulties with it. I can't give you a DaveC test unfortunately, and in all honesty I don't push it as hard as some users (I've had it up to 16 voices but I use very few plugins, maybe four or five across all the tracks and then two on a master fader). So if you can find any 1GHz machines around still, go for that one. I got mine for dealer net price because the 1.2s had been released rather recently and the shop was trying to get rid of old stock...

Anyway. It makes for a cool portable setup, if not the most powerful arrangement in the world. Once I'm living in a country for more than a year at a time I'm gonna look at a dual G5 and a 002, but I'll probably still hang on to my iBook for the road. Now if only Digi would release a dongle so I could run PT without the whole MBox attached ... c'mon Digi, I'd pay extra for it!

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Old 03-31-2005, 02:11 AM
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Put at least a 512mb ram chip in your iBook when you get it - the 256mb sodimm is soldered to the board so that's in there forever...

now, that said, be careful if you're buying a _new_ iBook - Digi hasn't qualified the current incarnation of them, and if you search the forums, Chris Coleman has been having a helluva time getting a 1.2GHz iBook to do anything other than spit out error after error.
Well worth checking out that thread- just as a warning. That said... I've got a new generation 1.2GHz G4 iBook and I've had no problems at all running PTLE 6.4!! I upgraded with 512 extra RAM (well worth it!), got an external firewire drive (LaCie), and a USB Midi Control keyboard (Oxygen 8).... And i'm happy as Larry... however happy Larry is these days....?

Just make sure airport extreme is not just off, but totally disabled!!

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Old 03-31-2005, 02:31 PM
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Default Re: is the ibook and mbox combo ok?

just want to confirm. So it comes with 256, but you guys are telling me I should add an additional 512, to bring the total to 768?

Also i was wondering is there anything special that seperates the regular ibook from the powerbook? or is it just the look, name, and the fact that the processors are a bit faster?
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:51 PM
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yes, get at least an additional 512mb of RAM.

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Also i was wondering is there anything special that seperates the regular ibook from the powerbook?
Powerbooks have:

Faster processors
Faster system bus and Memory
larger hard drives, and faster (5400rpm vs. 4200)
better graphics cards w/2x the VRAM (64mb vs. 32)
DVI output and extended desktop capabilities
other cool stuff like full-size keyboard w/illumination on some models

basically the whole innards are pumped up compared to an iBook's, which results in better performance over-all. When added to the faster processors, it's a noticable difference.
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Old 04-01-2005, 02:56 AM
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Default Re: is the ibook and mbox combo ok?

if you can afford a 1GB so-dimm there's no reason not to get that, either, but they are still fairly expensive by comparison. 768mb ram total should do you fine.

and just a note, the iBook can be firmware-hacked to turn on screen-spanning (do a web search for Screen Spanning Doctor) which can be quite useful if you have a second monitor. Other than that SlimShady's pretty much nailed the list of differences.

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Old 04-01-2005, 08:16 AM
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Ive currently got the mbox, and I run a good laptop with it. Im thinking of switching over to a mac so I can learn it. Would an ibook be good enough to run the mbox with no problems?
Get a powerbook.
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