Old 12-31-2008, 10:35 AM   #1
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I have a Compaq CQ50 and no place to put a firewire card..My interface is the Presonus FP10 and I need some sort of converter or sumthing to get Firewire into a usb connect....I called around yesterday and it sounds like that is not possible.....Any suggestions.....
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:11 PM   #2
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hmmmmm.... I heard of apple releasing such a product, one of their mac-books didn't have a firewire port so they got some flak for it, so they released a USB-Firewire bridge. Personally, it sounds like a bad idea, you're most likely going to encounter very bad audio latency, driver issues and drop outs on your firepod. My suggestion would be try to get a different laptop with Firewire on it (or a card bus you could put a card into), or get a usb audio interface to switch out for your firepod.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:22 PM   #3
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:59 AM   #4
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Do you have an express card slot on your laptop??????
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:55 PM   #5
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Hey Kirk,

I have a sd.ms pro.mmc.xd card slot whatever that is??
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:10 PM   #6
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YEP! That's an express card and I found out they have express card to firewire adapters(thanks to you Kirk) and I'm off to Frys' 2morro!! (-:
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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MAKE SURE it has TEXAS INSTRUMENTS chips. (If you want it to work)

Both Belkin and SIIG make respected firewire cards with TI chips.

Also stay away from combo Firewire/USB cards; they've been known to cause trouble....
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:21 AM   #8
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Thanks Tim!
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:59 PM   #9
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This is waht I bought. TI chipset and it works pretty good.


http://www.startech.com/product/item...13942+firewire
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:38 PM   #10
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Hey Kirk,

Well I found out all I have is a 5/1 card reader for picture cards so I'm still stuck......)-:
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:07 AM   #11
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If you laptop has a free pci slot to add a card you could purchase a TI chipset firewire card and install it that way.Or maybe get the firewire to usb thing and monitor your firepod directly to avoid latency issues.

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