When you upgrade to Live 9 use one as a host for any lagging 32 bit only instrument plug ins you may have.
There are other solutions but this is obviously the most stable way.
This could be an option. Although I am considering simplifying my setup in regards to plugins and using Live 9 instruments exclusively.
No idea how a C2D 2.0Ghz or an i5 laptop could be considered as "old laptops".
Well they are old in comparison to my i7 macbook pro I suppose.
I know people do fine with the specs I consider 'old'. I managed to record an album on the C2D no worries and never failed me.
I would be interested in the i5 if it's for sale.
But I'm using a 2002 (I think) 1.xghz 512mb notebook for portable (and strictly) sample-based launchpad powering.
I live in Australia so that might be an issue. Otherwise if you live in Aus send me a PM
You could always optimize them to play internet video games
I was playing BF3 on the i5 but have been using the Macbook on Bootcamp recently to play.
Install XBMC or something and turn it into a cheap media centre.
I already have a server which I utilise as a media centre.