Avid Configuration Guidelines
Lenovo ThinkStation C30 Dual Six-Core / Dual Eight-Core CPU Workstation
Media Composer 6.x, Symphony 6.x, NewsCutter 10.X and later
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1.) LENOVO C30 AVID Qualified System Specification:
C30 / AVID Qualified Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition with Service Pack 1
C30 Hardware Configuration
Supported CPU Choices
1.) Dual Intel® 6-Core Xeon® E5-2640 Processors @ 2.5GHz 15MB cache / 1600MHz memory
(The 6-Core Xeon® E5-2640 Processors will run the 1600MHz memory at 1333MHz speed due to the
speed limitation of the memory controller in the E5-2640 Processor).
2.) Dual Intel® 8-Core Xeon® E5-2665 Processors @ 2.4GHz 20MB cache / 1600MHz memory
Supported Video Card
NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB PCI-e video board
System Disk Drive - 1TB (minimum recommended) SATA-II 3Gb/s 7200RPM
Standard AVID memory configuration: 16GB (8 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 ECC memory –
(Requires eight 2GB DIMMs, DIMM sizes cannot be mixed sizes)
2GB memory modules must be installed in the following memory slots:
CPU1-DIMM1, CPU1-DIMM2, CPU1-DIMM3, CPU1-DIMM4
CPU2-DIMM1, CPU2-DIMM2, CPU2-DIMM3, CPU2-DIMM4
Memory configuration constraints
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No other memory configurations are formally supported in AVID environments. Only the 16GB (8 x 2GB),
configuration is supported. Un-balanced memory configurations which mix and match memory module
sizes and locations will result in a poor performing, non-optimal operating environment.
2.) Qualified Operating Systems for Avid Client Editing Applications, Hardware and Shared-Storage
connectivity for the LENOVO C30 with Media Composer / Symphony 6.x , NewsCutter 10.x or later:
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Supported: Only Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition with SP1 (SP1 required)
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Not Supported – Any version of Microsoft® Windows XP or Vista
Not Supported - Microsoft® Windows 7 – any 32-bit version, or any version of Home, Ultimate or
Enterprise editions.
Note regarding Service packs:
As of this writing Service Pack 1 is the current Service Pack release for Win7. SP1 is required for Media
Composer 6.x, Symphony 6.x and NewsCutter 10.x. As future Service Packs are released Avid will evaluate
and announce formal support when testing is completed.
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3.) Qualified O.S., Hardware and shared storage supported:
Qualified / Supported
Nitris DX / Mojo DX
Yes
See release notes and Avid website for
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information regarding supported 3 party
hardware (vendor qualified)
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3 Party Qualified Hardware
Unity ISIS 1Gb Ethernet Client
ISIS 5000 / 7000 V4.0
Unity ISIS Hi-res (10 Gbit) client
Qualified Operating System
ISIS 7000 only V4.0
Win 7 Pro 64-bit
SP1 – Required
Service Pack
1394 Adrenaline DNA
N/A Not Supported
1394 Mojo-SDI DNA
N/A Not Supported
1394 Mojo-Analog DNA
N/A Not Supported
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AVID qualified HBA info
AVID qualified HBA
AVID Part Number
Slot
Location
Function
Not stocked by AVID
#1
Local SAS Storage Support –
Avid VideoRAID ST (5-bay)
Xtore StudioRAID 5Ti (5-bay)
7030-30036-01
#1
SAS Local Storage:
Xtore StudioRAID 16Re (16-bay) chassis
Xtore StudioRAID 5Te (5-bay) chassis
Not stocked by AVID
#2
Qualified graphics card
7030-20139-01
#4
Shared Storage: Unity ISIS Copper Gb-Ethernet
Dual Gb ISIS Connectivity
Intel i350-T2 – Dual Gb NIC
Not stocked by AVID
#4
Shared Storage: Unity ISIS Copper Gb-Ethernet
Dual Gb ISIS Connectivity
Intel PRO 1000 PF - ISIS
Not stocked by AVID
#4
Shared Storage: Unity ISIS Optical Gb-Ethernet
Myricom 10G-PCIE-8B-S
(ISIS 7000 only)
7030-30041-01
#4
Shared Storage: Unity ISIS 10Gb-Ethernet for
Hi-Res client (ISIS 7000 only)
Active: 7030-30048-01
Active: 7030-20084-01
#5
Avid DX Hardware Interface HBA
#5
Vendor qualified 3 party hardware interface. See
Atto R680
LSI 9200-8e SAS controller
Nvidia Quadro 4000
Intel PRO 1000 PT
Avid HIB, DX Interface HBA
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Passive: 7030-30021-01
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Vendor qualified 3 party
hardware interface requiring:
Not stocked by AVID
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release notes and Avid website for information
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regarding supported 3 party hardware
X1, X4 or X8 PCI-E
Full Length PCI form factor
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Avid DX Interface HBA Support Note: (See reference pictures on page 7 of this guide).
All 3 versions of the DX interface HBA are supported on the C30 with Media Composer / Symphony 6.x and
NewsCutter 10.x
1) Active DX interface HBA 7030-30048-01
2) Active DX interface HBA 7030-20084-01
3) Passive DX interface HBA 7030-30021-01
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4.) Slot Configuration:
Slot Configuration Information
Slot #
Electrical
Mechanical
1
x4 PCI-E Gen 3
X16
Half Length
Local SAS Storage Controllers:
Atto R680
LSI 9200-8e
2
x16 PCI-E Gen 3
x16
Graphics Card:
Quadro 4000
3
PCI-E 32bit /33MHz
PCI 32/33
Not used
4
x16 PCI-E Gen 3
x16
Shared Storage Controllers ISIS 5000 / 7000:
Intel PRO 1000 PT
Intel PRO 1000 PF
Intel i350-T2
Myricom 10G-PCIE-8B-S
5
x4 PCI-E Gen 2
X4
Avid HIB, DX Interface HBA
OR
Vendor Qualified 3rd Party Hardware PCI-e Interface
6
PCI-E 32bit /33MHz
PCI 32/33
Not used
Embedded Intel
82579LM Gb NIC
PCI-E x1
Gen 1
Do not use for ISIS. Not qualified and is not functional with ISIS 5000 / 7000.
This is the built in NIC port
5.) Use of embedded NIC ports for ISIS connectivity Important Information
The C30 has only one embedded NIC ports - 82579LM. The 82579LM will not work with ISIS and should never be
connected to either ISIS 5000 or 7000. The 82759LM port is the only NIC port on the back of the chasis.
6.) Utilization of the C30 embedded (on-board) 1394 ports for Camera / Deck / Disk Drive support
Media Composer / Symphony 6.x and NewsCutter 10.x do not support Avid 1394 hardware such as Adrenaline and
1394 Mojo-SDI. This simplifies utilization of the C30 embedded 1394 ports. The embedded 1394 ports can and should be used
for all 1394 Camera / Deck / Disk Drive connectivity for all configurations running Media Composer / Symphony 6.x and
NewsCutter 10.x.
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7.) Various Configuration Details:
A.) D/X hardware configs –
All 3 versions of the DX interface HBA are supported with the Media Composer / Symphony 6.x and NewsCutter 10.x
1) Active DX interface HBA 7030-30048-01
2) Active DX interface HBA 7030-20084-01
3) Passive DX interface HBA 7030-30021-01
Active DX interface HBA 7030-30048-01
Active DX interface HBA 7030-20084-01
Passive DX interface HBA (7030-30021-01)
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B.) Qualified Avid system BIOS version(s): (As of this writing):
Failure to update the C30 to an “Avid qualified BIOS” and set the BIOS settings per the instructions below may
result in non-optimal operation of the AVID software and hardware.
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Minimum BIOS ver A1KT39A
C.) Required system BIOS settings for AVID environments:
Hyper-Threading Setting:
Please Note: CPU Hyper-threading should be enabled in all configurations per the chart below. It is
currently enabled by default by LENOVO for shipping C30’s with BIOS ver A1KT39A
Hyper-Threading Setting
Dual 6-core CPU
Dual 8-core CPU
Software Version
Media Composer v6.x
Symphony v6.x
NewsCutter v10.x
Enabled (Mandatory)
Enabled (Mandatory)
C30 Required system BIOS changes:
1. Verify CPU Processors are set to Hyper-Threading – Set per chart above. Current version
BIOS has Hyper-Threading enabled by default
2. Set Memory NUMA – Disable
C30 Optional system BIOS change:
1. Set Intel Turbo Mode
** – Disable
**
Only required if connecting USB audio I/O devices. This setting will eliminate any audio
“motor-boating” or audio “popping” which may be experienced with USB audio I/O devices.
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Set C30 Required system BIOS changes:
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During boot up press F1 at the LENOVO splash screen to invoke Set Up.
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Select the Advanced tab
Select CPU Config <Enter>
Select Hyper-Threading
Verify setting is Enable
 If Hyper-Threading is set for Disable then it must be changed to Enable
Hi F10 to save the Hyper-Threading setting
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Select CPU Power Management configuration tab
Select Intel Dynamic Power Technology <return>
Default setting is Energy Efficient
 Change this setting from Energy Efficient to Disable
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Hi F10 to save the Runtime Power Management settings
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Select Devices Tab
Select North Bridge Tab
Select NUMA
Default setting is Enable
 Change this setting from Enable to Disable
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Hi F10 to save the NUMA setting
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Press F10 twice to Save
Save Changes and Exit
System will Reboot
**
Set C30 Optional system BIOS setting:
Only required if connecting USB audio I/O devices.
- Select the Power tab
- Select Hardware Power Management <Enter>
- Select Intel Turbo Mode
- Default setting is Enable
 Change this setting from Enable to Disable
- Press F10 twice to Save
- Save Changes and Exit
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D.) Nvidia Qualified Driver:
Nvidia qualified drivers
AVID Software
Version(s)
Media Composer / Symphony
6.x and later
NewsCutter
10.x and later
Nvidia GPU
Nvidia Driver Required
Quadro 4000
275.89
After installation of the AVID software the supported Nvidia driver can be found in the following directory:
Program Files / Avid / Utilities / Nvidia
Set optimized Nvidia driver settings for Avid editing environments:
1.
2.
3.
4.
See picture below
Right-Click on the desktop and select Nvidia Control Panel
Select the “Desktop” menu selection in the control panel menu bar.
Enable “Desktop -> Video Editing Mode
5. Select Manage 3D Settings
6. Select “Global Settings” Tab
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7. Under the “Global Settings” tab select “Base Profile
8. Scroll down and locate the “Power Management Mode” feature. Select “Prefer maximum
performance” as shown in the picture below.
9. Depress the “Apply” button.
Make the following setting for “Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration”
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10. Scroll down and locate the “Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration” feature. See picture below. The
setting should be set to “Multiple display performance mode”. If not set properly, select Multiple display
performance mode and depress the “Apply” button. (The other settings are “Single display
performance mode” and “Compatibility performance mode”. These settings are not recommended for
Avid editing environments).
Make the following additional setting for “3D App-Video Editing”
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11. Under “Global Settings” tab select “3D App-Video Editing” setting as shown in picture below:
12. Depress the “Apply” button
13. Nvidia driver optimization settings for Avid environments are complete.
E.) Nvidia Quadro GPU monitor connectivity:
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The Nvidia Quadro 4000 graphics card has a single DVI port and two Display-Port ports
(Important: Display-ports are not HDMI ports; at first glance they do look very similar to HDMI ports)
( Please Note: Only two of the three video ports can simultaneously be used. Connecting to all three
video ports at the same time will result in non-functioning video output from the Nvidia GPU video
card.)
Display Ports are digital only. The display port to DVI adapter is also digital only. You can only connect a
VGA monitor to the DVI port through an adapter.
For dual monitor connectivity:
1. Use the DVI port and one Display-Port (Display-Port connection can be native display-port to monitor via
display-port connection, or use the display-port-to-DVI-adapter supplied with the system to connect to a native
DVI monitor).
2. Or use two Display-Ports (Requires monitors with native display-port connections, two display-port to DVI
adapters are not recommended when using dual display-port connections).
DVI Port
Display Ports
F.) Serial Port Deck Control:
Serial Port Deck Control:
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The LENOVO C30 workstation does have an embedded serial port. The embedded serial-port has been qualified by
Avid and will maintain frame accuracy in Avid environments. Primary or secondary / additional serial port deck control
can be established via two methods (both of which have been qualified by Avid and will maintain frame accuracy in
Avid environments)
1. Addenda model RS-USB / 4 direct USB-to-RS422 serial adapter. This is a simple device which connects directly from a
USB port of the C30 directly to the RS422 port of a deck.
http://www.addenda.com/addenda-elect/products/rsUSB4.php
2. Combination of a Keyspan (Tripp-Lite) Model USA-19HS USB-to-serial-port adapter with Addenda Rosetta
Stone model RS – 2/8 RS232-to-RS422 converter
- Keyspan (Tripp-Lite) Model USA-19HS (AVID P/N 7080-20013-01)
http://www.tripplite.com/en/products/model.cfm?txtSeriesID=518&EID=13384&txtModelID=3914
Addenda Rosetta Stone (or equivalent) model RS – 2/8 RS232-to-RS422 converter (AVID P/N
7070-00507-01)
http://www.addenda.com/addenda-elect/products/rs28.php
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To connect the Keyspan 19HS / Addenda RS -2/8 combination:
- Install the Keyspan 19HS driver before plugging the device into a C30 USB port.
- Once the Keyspan 19HS driver is installed then plug the Keyspan 19HS into a C30 USB port.
- The Keyspan 19HS will now show up in device driver.
- Using a serial cable, connect the 9-pin serial port of the Keyspan 19HS USB adapter to the port of the
Addenda marked RS232 from PC
nd
- Using a 2 serial port cable connect the port of the Addenda marked “RS422 to VTR” to the deck control
serial port of the deck.
G.) O.S. setting recommendations for optimum performance with Avid Editing applications:
The following links provide O.S. setting suggestions for ensuring optimum performance when working with
your Avid editing application with a Windows operating system.
- Optimizations for Video Editors - Windows 7
http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390339
H.) Set Windows “Visual Effects” for “best performance”:
1. Right-Click on My Computer / Computer
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2. Select Properties
3. The screen below will be displayed:
4. On the left side of the screen above, locate and select “Advanced system settings”
5. The System properties window will be displayed. (Picture below).
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6. Under the “Advanced” tab depress the “Settings...” button for performance.
7. The “performance Options” window will be displayed.
8. Under the “Visual Effects” tab select the “Adjust for best performance” selection. (Picture below).
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9. Depress the “Apply” button
10. Reboot Windows
11. Required Windows visual performance settings for Avid environments are now complete.
I.)
Intel NIC Port(s) for ISIS connectivity:
Intel PRO 1000 Dual Gb HBA / Intel i350-T2 Dual Gb NIC HBA
Intel PRO 1000 PT Driver: The proper driver can be found in the ISIS software directory: Tools_3rdParty /
Drivers_and_Firmware
For proper operation and connectivity of any Intel NIC port used with ISIS the settings below are required.
Example below is for the Intel PRO 1000 PT.
1.
For the performance settings, change the following parameters:
Receive Buffers to 1024
Transmit Buffers to 1024
2.
Disable the windows firewall.
To set the Intel NIC Receive / Transmit buffers:
Go to device manager and select each instance of the device named Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter which will be
used for ISIS connectivity.
Select performance options and then select Properties.
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Set Receive Buffers to 1024
Set Transmit Buffers to 1024
Perform this for each instance of and Intel NIC port which will be used for ISIS connectivity.
J.) Disable the windows firewall:
Navigate to Control Panel / Windows Firewall -- Select Turn Windows Firewall on or off
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Select Turn off windows firewall in both network locations, OK to save
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Revision Update
Revision
Rev A
Date
Name
th
Septembert 14 ,
2012
Dave Pimm
Update
Initial draft of the C30 configuration guide for support of Media
Composer 6.x, Symphony 6.x and NewsCutter 10.x
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