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    Question Decent new Firewire card needed, don't know where to start

    Hello everyone, I've had a firewire card for 2 years or more, it's been no trouble at all despite being a fiver and non branded. As soon as I got my new quad core compute (gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R +Q6600), it's started acting up. Sometimes my external soundcard doesn't boot up or stops working and has to be reinitialised by unplugging and re-plugging and then it's fine. The people at Saffire say that this happens with newer PCs with Firewire PCI cards that have an NEC chipset (and are cheap). If it still happens when I get a better card then there could be something wrong with the external soundcard or the motherboard. I don't know anyone else who has firewire to try things out with and getting a better firewire card seems to be the next step for now.

    So, I need a non NEC chip (so VIA or Texas Instruments) from a good brand. I only really need one that is FW400 and as few ports as possible as I only have one Firewire unit. Scan only seem to do cheap ones that don't specify what they are at all and some other places like Aria have ones that are £60 to £100 for seemingly no reason. Can anyone recommend me a card?

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    Re: Decent new Firewire card needed, don't know where to start

    Nobody has a card in their computer they'd recommend?

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    Re: Decent new Firewire card needed, don't know where to start

    Try the 'Siig' brand they are quite good imho
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    Re: Decent new Firewire card needed, don't know where to start

    Belkin are usually quite good for this sort of thing.
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    Re: Decent new Firewire card needed, don't know where to start

    I have been told Belkin and Lacie but they dont' give out any specifics on chipsets and sometimes even what speed it is...

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    Re: Decent new Firewire card needed, don't know where to start

    The picture of the Lacie card certainly shows what looks like a VIA logo on the chip.

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    Re: Decent new Firewire card needed, don't know where to start

    I have a Belkin one with an ALi chipset. Has two external FW and USB2 ports, and 1 internal of each. Needs additional power though.

    I also have a Sparkle one, which has a VIA chipset on it.

    You can have the Sparkle one if you PM me? Although I don't know if it's FW400 - it's maybe 18 months old and was purchased to use with my Sony DV camera.
    Last edited by kungpo; 12-10-2007 at 07:33 PM.

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    Re: Decent new Firewire card needed, don't know where to start

    I'd personally avoid the VIA chipset firewire card, loads of problems used to be reported about them, am unsure if they are still a problem though. AFAIK I know the NEC or TI chipset versions are the best.

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