When i went to purchase a new laptop for audio and video editing, I went with a Dell Precision for multiple reasons, but the biggest was the fact that it came with an onboard firewire port. Anyone who has recently shopped for a laptop knows how rare that is these days, and I was not excited about having to ditch a perfectly good audio interface just because I could not find a laptop with firewire.
Turns out I did not do enough research because there are apparently multiple types of firewire chipsets, and most audio interfaces prefer ones that use Texas Instruments. I couldn't record anything without the Firepod losing it's sync after about 5 minutes. It was incredibly frustrating.
After several hours of searching forums, I came across the "get a TI expresscard" suggestion. As a last resort I took that advice and purchased this card, and it has worked like a charm! Upon plugging it into my computer, it was immediately recognized and I was able to connect my Firepod with no problems at all. I am happy to report that I was able to record 2 hours of a 4-channel podcast last night with no problems whatsoever. Thank you Startech for making me not have to throw my new laptop in the garbage!
For those interested, my system uses Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit.