Topic: The usual FF800 problems with a laptop
Sorry to post here, I realise this issue has been discussed many times and I have tried to search out a definitive answer. Here goes:
Using a FF800 on a PC through the FW400 port presents no problems.
When I try to go through a laptop express card (ST Labs, chipset unknown), I can connect fine. I also get near-error free recording @ 44/48kHz. When I try to increase the sample rate however I get dropouts, which don't seem to depend on the actual rate.
Acer Extensa 5630
Intel Duo T6400 2x 2.0GHz
Intel Chipset (Centrino chipset/processor combo)
I've done a clean install of Win7 and disabled all simple hardware e.g. CD drive, VGA adapter, network etc. and all unnecessary Windows startup Apps. This didn't seem to change anything.
The problem seems to persist on another laptop (specs unknown), so perhaps it's _just_ the express card. *hopeful*
I see myself faced with a few solutions:
1) Look at disabling more IRQ thingees as I will only use this install for music.
2) Try and find a better express card i.e. one with a TI chipset.
3) Or would a PCMCIA card be better?
4) Use a Hammerfall as the interface coupled with a Digi or Multiface and only use the 800's preamps sent over ADAT.
>>> If the firewire problems I'm having are related to my PC hardware, then will I have the same issues with Hammerfall?