Topic: Fireface 800 / Sony Laptop / Windows 7 runs not stable / cannot record
I just bought the FF 800 in order to set up a mobile recording rig.
I tried to use it with my Vaio Laptop VPCCW1S1E with Win 7 Home Premium 64bit, and I faced some serious problems.
I managed to install the latest driver (2.9.991.0) and could also run the Fireface Settings and the mixer. I am able to turn on and off phantom power and can do routings (i.e. listen to things on variable outputs I send in via microphone). Up to this point, this works quite reliable.
When I set a FF800 output as standard listening device, I can also listen to music I play with the Foobar Player, and I am able to hear sound from windows games, but not for long. After some time, and for no apparent reason, the connection to the FF 800 is cut off or a bluescreen is shown and a shutdown initiated.
When I run Digicheck, I can see the meters (they react when I use my microphone) when "Hardware Level" is selected in the Input Device Setup. I won't see anything, when "ASIO" is selected. A similar thing occurs, when I try to use Samplitude (9 professional). It works with the Realtek Laptop Driver (Multichannel MME), it crashes when I select the Fireface ASIO Driver and click on OK. ("Access Violation" is displayed). After that, bluescreens appear regularly.
This happens more or less with all three IEEE 1394 drivers (OHCI-konformer 1394-Hostcontroller, OHCI-konformer 1394-Hostcontroller (alt) [means: legacy] and OHCI-konformer Ricoh 1394-Hostcontroller), although I had the impression (I didn't count the bluescreens) that the legacy driver was worst.
The FF 800 should be ok, as I installed it on my desktop computer under win xp SP2 and everything works fine until now. At my desktop computer, I also updated the FF-Firmware to 2.77, as this wouldn't work either on my laptop.
I'm running windows in the classic-look (without the aero effects) and turned off power management already.
Until now, I cannot exactly spot the problem. (I suspect either the firewire connection or win 7.) It seems to me, as if the ASIO-Driver would not be able to be reached, although some sort of connection is set up. I wonder if a FW-express card would help.
This is so far what I have gone through. Any help would be highly appreciated.