11-23-2012 01:31 PM
can someone tell me the manufacturer of the firewire chipset
on thinkpad w530? is it texas instruments, ricoh, via... ? also, if you
own an external firewire audio solution, could you please write a word
or two on performance of both firewire on w530 and your audio solution.
any hiccups, latency problems, drop-outs and such?
01-02-2013 10:03 PM - edited 01-02-2013 10:03 PM
so, let me answer my question. it seems all thinkpads come with ricoh firewire
chipsets. will try m-audio firewire 410 audio interface with t530 (w530 probably
has the same fw chip) in a couple of days. hopefully everything will work without
any problems and there won't be any need for purchasing an expresscard firewire
thingy. will post my experiences for future reference(s).
05-20-2013 01:41 AM
Ok, I've finally connected my M-Audio Firewire 410 device to T530's firewire port and so far so good.
No popping, cracking or any other issues when working in my DAW using M-Audio's ASIO drivers.
Popping or cracking appears only when I leave my DAW open and then try playing a video file in
WMP or try watching a video on Youtube, same goes for playing audio files in Winamp and WMP
(6.4 - old school). I was expecting cracking and popping when working in my DAW using ASIO
drivers alone, so the issues I've encoutered aren't that big of a deal.
Hope this is helpful (to anyone), because I wasn't able to find much info when buying my T530
regarding the combination of Thinkpad's firewire port chipset and M-Audio hardware (I am not
sure if it will work with other audio hardware but it probably will - be sure to try be before you buy
if you get the chance).