M-Audio no longer supports OSX drivers past 10.10.1

audiophiler

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Hopefully someone here has come across this issue..

I use an M-Audio interface for my IMac and i made the dumb dumb mistake of not using time machine AND updating the OS past 10.10.1 to .5 and now my interface is virtually useless.. i have an install disk for OS X but for whatever reason it updates to the latest OS when i attempt to do a dual boot. so i'm at a loss here and have no idea whats going on. any help is appreciated :)
 
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Fishrrman

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There eventually comes a point where either old hardware or old software (including drivers) just won't work any more with newer OS's.

When that happens, one must make the decision:
- Stick to an older OS to use the hardware, or
- Upgrade the hardware.

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I will guess that -sometimes- "workarounds" become possible IF you're willing to install a virtual machine which can run the older OS "inside" the newer OS. But then, you might experience in/out problems, driver conflicts, etc.

Whether or not you wish to try this, is up to you...
 
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BrianBaughn

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There eventually comes a point where either old hardware or old software (including drivers) just won't work any more with newer OS's.

When that happens, one must make the decision:
- Stick to an older OS to use the hardware, or
- Upgrade the hardware.

Aside:
I will guess that -sometimes- "workarounds" become possible IF you're willing to install a virtual machine which can run the older OS "inside" the newer OS. But then, you might experience in/out problems, driver conflicts, etc.

Whether or not you wish to try this, is up to you...
A partition running a compatible version of the OS is what the OP is trying to do. I have a customer that runs Yosemite and Snow Leopard on separate partitions for a similar reason as the OP. A virtual machine to run audio software is not really the way to go.
 
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Fishrrman

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Brian wrote above:
"A partition running a compatible version of the OS is what the OP is trying to do. I have a customer that runs Yosemite and Snow Leopard on separate partitions for a similar reason as the OP. A virtual machine to run audio software is not really the way to go."

I do that myself with my own "music computer".

Another way to do it is to have the boot OS on a separate -drive-.

There are inconveniences in "switch-booting", of course.
But sometimes it's the only solution that works.

Eventually one may "move up" to a new machine that -requires- an OS newer than the old hardware will work with.
At that point, it's either "virtual machine" -or- new hardware...
 
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audiophiler

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well the problem i'm having is.. no matter what version of the OS i install on an external drive, it updates to 10.10.5. i just dont understand this..

i'm about ready to give up on that option and just opt to getting a new interface that supports firewire/thunderbolt such as the saffire pro 14
 
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well the problem i'm having is.. no matter what version of the OS i install on an external drive, it updates to 10.10.5. i just dont understand this..

i'm about ready to give up on that option and just opt to getting a new interface that supports firewire/thunderbolt such as the saffire pro 14
You never said what OS you want.
 
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Fishrrman

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OP wrote above:
"i'm about ready to give up on that option and just opt to getting a new interface that supports firewire/thunderbolt such as the saffire pro 14"

Actually, I think that would be your best option if you can get one for the right price...
 
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tevion5

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Hopefully someone here has come across this issue..

I use an M-Audio interface for my IMac and i made the dumb dumb mistake of not using time machine AND updating the OS past 10.10.1 to .5 and now my interface is virtually useless.. i have an install disk for OS X but for whatever reason it updates to the latest OS when i attempt to do a dual boot. so i'm at a loss here and have no idea whats going on. any help is appreciated :)
M-Audio says on their driver page that my interface, the C400, is supported up until 2018, yet they have yet to release a fix for El Capitan!

This is very annoying as it's my main interface and I had no idea updating would cause total lack of function.
 
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ChrisA

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M-Audio says on their driver page that my interface, the C400, is supported up until 2018, yet they have yet to release a fix for El Capitan!

This is very annoying as it's my main interface and I had no idea updating would cause total lack of function.

You have to wonder why this happens. You would THINK M-Audio would have been testing using beta versions of El Capitan for months and would have fixed this. Looks like they don't bother to test and fix stuff. Actually why should they? You already paid for the interface, fixing the software will not generate any more cash for M-Audio. Of course you will never buy another M-Audio interface but you and others like you are a small number. I'm sure they ran the numbers and found doing nothing was their best option.
 
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tevion5

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You have to wonder why this happens. You would THINK M-Audio would have been testing using beta versions of El Capitan for months and would have fixed this. Looks like they don't bother to test and fix stuff. Actually why should they? You already paid for the interface, fixing the software will not generate any more cash for M-Audio. Of course you will never buy another M-Audio interface but you and others like you are a small number. I'm sure they ran the numbers and found doing nothing was their best option.
Exactly! I mean they have had months to make a fix. As a Computer Science student I am aware that such a driver fix would require very little tweaking to simply allow basic functionality. Absolute laziness. I certainly hope they don't leave us completely high and dry. Like why bother stating support until 2018 when they are just going to forget about it half way through?

Do they think I have multiple Macs I can each put older and newer operating systems on? I need EL Capitan for the latest version of other development software. I can't afford to just run Snow Leopard for ever. They better hurry up.
 
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