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ricstudioc
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Title pretty much says it - curious to know if any one's using an Express Card firewire adapter on a laptop, and if so how is it performing for you?

Thanks!
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Yep. My M-Audio Profire 2626 interface is Firewire 400.

I was sure to buy a Firewire Express Card with a Texas Instruments chip set and it works great for me on my Windows 7 (64 bit) laptop.

If you're on Windows, I beleive it's recommended that you use the legacy Firewire driver rather than Window's default version.
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I don't, but a great many users do. Make sure you get one that is compatible and you should be all set.
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Thanks guys! Say ADM, mind sharing what make/model you have? Obviously it must be the TI chipset if it's running so well - I have first hand experience in the results of other makes....... (Long ago corrected )

Thanks again - any other takers?
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Startech ec13942. Been running like a monster since i got it 2 years ago.
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Thanks Matthew - just went out checked the specs, sure enough the TI chipset.

One last question - are you running an external data drive, and if so do you run it from (I'd assume) the other firewire port on the startech, or just via USB from the laptop? Or do you just record to the main lappy drive?

Thanks buddy!
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Mine is similiar to Mathew's. It has a TI chipset. Works with no issues at all. I don't have it here with me so I don't have the exact specs.

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here is the one i purchased for my sony vaio http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839328006
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ricstudioc wrote:Thanks Matthew - just went out checked the specs, sure enough the TI chipset.

One last question - are you running an external data drive, and if so do you run it from (I'd assume) the other firewire port on the startech, or just via USB from the laptop? Or do you just record to the main lappy drive?

Thanks buddy!


I just record to the internal drive. I am still somewhat portable with my rig. Sometimes you have move locations to record drums. At this point, my laptop is my only pc. Eventually I will have a workspace to configure a desktop. I don't do very much with midi, vsti's or things like that, so the internal drive hasn't proven to be a problem yet.

Just be careful with the card itself. Right where the card is attached to the input jack assembly is very prone to bending. Have issues periodically, and sometimes have to place something under the card to support it and stay connected. I was keeping the card in the front pouch of my bag, and it was damaged. If you have a similar situation, try and locate an eyeglass case of that size to keep the card in, and avoid having the same problem.
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Thanks Matt - and everybody! Appreciate the info (and yeah Johhny, I'm still exploring options....)

If I go the lappy route, I'll probably experiment with outboard drives - I've always taken it as gospel not to record to the system drive, but maybe I'm wrong or things have changed enough w/buss speeds and such.

Thanks all!!
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For all of you who are using Windows 7 64-bit, how many of you are using Enterprise, if any?

I was told by PreSonus tech support that they don't support Enterprise.
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