04-15-2011 09:13 AM
I am wanting a laptop for a Digital Audio Workstation. My soundcard wants to see Firewire supported by the Texas Instruments chipset which is all over the net as being difficult to find.
1. Is there a laptop by lenovo that uses Texas Instruments chipset to support the firewire port?
2. If so, is the port shared with anything else?
3. Anyone using a leveno of any sort for a DAW.
04-16-2011 07:19 PM
Can't answer number 1 or number 2 but for number 3 I'm using Audacity 1.2.6 in xp. There's a beta version for windows 7 but I haven't tried that yet. The software is free. I use it on an x41.
I use it because precise adjustments can be made to the audio's speed while maintaining pitch in order to synchonize it with video, (Audacity calls it tempo) or run from a predetermined lenght of time. I also couldn't do without the undo feature.
It's not a resource hog at all in xp but as I understand it, in windows 7 you need 4 gb of ram and my x41 will only take 2 gb.
It also has support in linux.
04-18-2011 01:22 AM
Syba makes an ExpressCard to FireWire (IEEE-1394) adapters that uses a Texas Instruments chipset:
Note that they also make adapters with VIA's FireWire chipset, so make sure you order the correct one.
Lacie has a Firewire/800 card, too: Firewire 800 ExpressCard 34.
05-27-2011 01:09 PM
Okay, this is a difficult search, so now I am wondering if any out there in the lenovo world knows if there bios will give them access to C1E or Powerstates manager, HPET (high precision event timer), and or SpeedStep? This is for laptops only.
01-06-2012 03:21 AM
I'm facing the same issue. I'm deciding which laptop to get and would love a thinkpad but I need TI firewire. Did you (OP) have any luck with your queries?