Mackie d8b CPU Unit





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Published on Mar 10, 2012

Here we have a Mackie d8b CPU. It is a 300MHz model (The faster newer one). It has two 32MB sticks of RAM in it and V5.1 installed with SP3 for the plug-ins. This is only the CPU needed for a mixer console named Mackie d8b. I used this one instead of my original166MHz model for about five years. I bought this CPU in late 2006 as a back up unit and the only trouble I had with it was the mouse/keyboard port(s) would sometimes be finicky, this was a very rare occurrence that this happened but it did act up a few times. This would happen when I would move stuff around in the back of the rack.
When it did act up it was very frustrating but it didn't act up enough to where I took any action on it to fix the problem.

IMPORTANT: This CPU will do nothing on its own; it needs the mixer and the cables for it to work.

It also has the Zalman fan upgrade and power supply fan cooling changed out to a quiet model to make this unit very quiet to operate. I replaced the floppy drive and the hard drive and the battery also as well. The floppy drive was a new one in 2006. The hard drive in these units store very little information, there is no audio stored on the hard drive. Only the project session information, patch files (user or factory), and the operating systems are stored on the hard drive. The hard drives in these must be under 32 GB.

This is from Wikipedia about the drive that is in this CPU - Mfg. 1998 in 2.5/5.1/7.6/10.3GB sizes. It is an IDE 5400rpm consumer drive. I do not know the size but the boot up screen says 2.5 so it is probably that. It is common knowledge with users of these mixers that 2GB is all you will ever need and more.

You can hear the noise in the room before the CPU unit gets powered up, this is a couple of fans I had going that day. I ran it through several boot-up sequences and shut downs. It is a boring video but it is a good unit and with the exception of the mouse keyboard issue I rarely had, it has worked flawlessly for the last five years.

On the video, it might look like the monitor is a 16:9 ratio but it is indeed a 4:3. The GUI operates best with a 4:3 monitor. I have a lot of information on these great mixers and I still use mine and I have no intention of selling it. I will give you all I know about them and whatever you need to get it going. There are great forums dedicated to these mixers and the units even after all this time, are still very well respected.

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