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Re: Help! Need advice about HP and Firewire Audio.

Thanks for the info.  I will stop at Fry's and give that a shot.

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 9:42 AM, Jeff Larson<jeff.larson@sailpoint.com> 
>> The problem is my MOTU 828 recommends only using the Firewire cards
>> with a TI chipset.  I can't find anything about the HPs that mention
>> what chipset they use.  I've written and called and got no response
>> from their sales dept. (way to go HP!)
> If you can locate the machine you're considering at Best Buy or
> whatever big box computer stores you have around you, bring up Control
> Panel, select Device Manager, and open the tree node that says "IEEE
> 1394 Bus host controllers".
> You should see something like this.
>    RICOH OCHI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
> In my case I have a new Lenovo laptop that apparently has the feared
> and maligned Ricoh chipset.  This is my work laptop, I've never used
> it for audio so I can't say how it works.  If you see "Texas Instruments"
> instead of RICOH then you should be okay.  One of my daughters has a
> small form factor HP that's a year or two old and it apparently has
> an Agere chipset, I don't know anything about those.
> My audio desktop is a Gateway, strangely enough it has two 1394 
>controllers, one of them Texas Instruments and the other a name I forget.
> Jeff