Topic: HDSP MADI - Won't Sync or pass audio on a "Cold Boot"
My HDSP MADI PCI card recently began malfunctioning on a cold boot, but eventually works fine after a second shut-down/reboot.
Here is the scenario:
If the PC's PSU has been off (I power down my UPS when we're done for the day), and I power it on and do a fresh "Cold Boot", the HDSP MADI is detected, and the HDSP and Totalmix apps are accessible. However, the card won't "Sync" (says "MADI - Lock", and "Wordclock - No lock"). No ASIO I/O activity or "live inputs" are present in Totalmix's meters. Nuendo doesn't show any audio activity on its own meters even when playing pre-recorded tracks, and Media Players (WMP, Media Monkey, VLC) freak out when trying to access the card.
A "warm reboot" generally won't resolve the issue. I need to "Shut Down" - and then re-power the system. After the "warm" power-down/reboot, the MADI card works fine (shows "Sync" on both clocks, and all ASIO works as it should).
This has been happening at every "Cold Boot from a powered-off PSU state" since the problem initially started about a month ago.
This is a newer DAW built on an Asus P6X58D-E and an i7 930 @ 4.2GHz with 6GB of XMS-3-1600 RAM on W7-64 and a beefy 750Watt PC Power & Cooling PSU, but I didn't see this problem initially on this DAW. I do have a BIOS update waiting in the wings (hopefully get to it on Sunday to see if it helps at all).
Does this sound like a BIOS/PC issue, or a potentially malfunctioning MADI card? Should I look for a standby card so I'm not out of commission if/when this card finally dies? (I know that's a good idea regardless - but money is tight at the moment).
I recall one of my HDSP Digiface cards that started to act funny (wasn't shown in the Device Manager on a fresh boot more and more often) and then it finally died. Does my MADI issue sound like it might have a similar fate in store?
Thanks for any input. I love my HDSP MADI card and Multiface/Digiface setups for sure!!!
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