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PCI Firewire card / Windows 7

Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by P., Jan 24, 2013.

  1. P.

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    I just bought a computer (w/Windows 7) for recording purposes and now need to buy a PCI firewire card to connect my Saffire Pro 40 to it. What card(s) do you recommend I should buy? I know it has to have a Texas Instruments chipset but other than that? Are all the cards with that chipset compatible with Windows 7? I have read a lot of discussions about people having troubles with Windows 7 and PCI firewire cards so just wanted to ask what card people here are using with W7. Thanks
     
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    Laptop or desktop?
     
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    One of my friends have Pro 40, it worked well even with VIA, unlike M-Audio Profire 2626 which works well only with TI.
     
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    Sloan Sounds like shit!

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    Texas Instrument chipset is always recommended. I got an overpriced Belkin card at Staples.
     
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    GuitarHack Krank it UP!

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    I have the saffire Pro 24 and have used my Motherboards Onboard Firewire Port and a cheap Agere chipset PCI card. Both work flawlessly.

    Here is a software tool from Focusrite that tests compatibility of Firewire cards/chipsets. I used it on my Motherboard and PCI card chipset, both were compatible. I have previously had M-Audio and Presonus Audio Interfaces that were not anywhere near as compatible with a range of different Firewire chipsets.

    http://www.focusrite.com/answerbase/en/article.php?id=1184
     
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    I got one for like $15 at best buy. Works no problem. I have no idea if it has a TI chipset.
     
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    I've been using cheap Lucent PCI card with Agere chipset for years with M-Audio Firewire Solo,and then Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP.Never had any problems.
     
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    AudioGeekZine arsehole know-it-all

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    I had 3 VIA chip cards that didn't work.

    1 TI chip card that didn't work on XP

    2 TI chip cards that work on Win 7

    I spent over $180 on FW cards for my PC to find one that was reliable, starting with cheap ones at first. So if yours worked first try then it was not overpriced.
     
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    I'm not using and FW anymore but when I was I had almost the exact opposite on two different machines. I paid fortune for the top of the line FW card. I sucked. I swapped it for the next nearest thing. Still sucked. A friend gave me a no name one he paid $8 for. Worked instantly and never skipped a beat.
     

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