[LAU] FireWire audio on Linux: past, present and future

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Sun Jun 17 01:12:34 UTC 2012

I don't know, haven't tried one. My laptop has Firewire 400 port on it. 
The sound tech for my church used a Firewire adapter to connect to our 
Firewire audio device. It worked fine with his Thinkpad and Windows XP 
until the card socket on the Thinkpad died. He replaced his Thinkpad 
with an HP running Windows 7, and the Firewire adapter doesn't work at 
all. Apparently the XP driver won't work on Windows 7, and there's no 
Windows 7 driver for the adapter.

I've tried to use it with my laptop's Firewire port, but we haven't been 
able to make it work yet. We never have enough time to troubleshoot and 
figure out why it's not working. It's possible I have a junk Firewire 
chip on this laptop. :-(

I need to talk with our electronics tech about pulling the Firewire 
audio out of the rack, so I can take it home and try working out the 

On 06/16/2012 08:35 AM, Neil wrote:
> Are FireWire 400/800 combo host adapters still contra-indicated?
> On Jun 15, 2012 1:46 PM, "david" <gnome at hawaii.rr.com
> <mailto:gnome at hawaii.rr.com>> wrote:
>     On 06/15/2012 04:46 AM, Alexandre Prokoudine wrote:
>         On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM, Dave Phillips wrote:
>             Excellent article/interviews. However, it ignores a rather
>             salient
>             development - the gradual disappearance of Firewire from
>             desktop and laptop
>             machines. The last time I shopped I was surprised to see
>             that FW, like PCI,
>             is becoming rare hardware, presumably due to improved
>             performance from USB3
>             (?).
>         It's rather because of USB2 stack on WIndows becoming more solid.
>         There were times when some M-Audio's USB2 interfaces couldn't be
>         used
>         on Windows at all due to IRQ collisions. A friend of mine gave up on
>         one and exchanged it to a FireWire interface some 6 or 7 years ago,
>         and that was quite common.
>         So, I thought about this, but then again I couldn't find much
>         info on
>         actual rejection of FireWire by vendors as in numbers, stats
>         etc. So I
>         thought I'd rather skip it.
>         Thunderbolt is an interesting approach, but I've yet to see a single
>         audio interface for real work, not fun, using it.
>             Otherwise a fine piece. Thanks for the pointer, Alex !
>         You are welcome :)
>         Alexandre Prokoudine
>         http://libregraphicsworld.org
>     The real reason for vendor rejection of Firewire is the higher cost
>     of licensing Firewire vs USB. Margins on hardware are almost
>     non-existent, so every little bit of cost lowered helps.

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