I've had this precision M6400 for a little over 2½ years now. I use it mainly as an audio/music workstation. As I've been using USB interfaces, I haven't really been using the firewire port.
Now that I need firewire, it just doesn't work properly. I have yet to try a firewire product that works without glitches. The last three I can think of that didn't work was a Mackie Onyx 1640i professional audio interface, a Presonus FireStudio and a Lacie d2 HD. All of which work flawlessly on other PC's and MAC's. The Lacie it just refuses to recognize, while the mackie works, but distorts the audio, makes a lot of pops and just stops working after a while.
I thought (and still thinks), that it's the Ricoh chip that's not compatible with pro audio-interfaces. I definitely know that's the case with the Presonus as it uses a DICE interface... As a result, I bought a PCMCIA VIA Firewire Cardbus. When I insert this while the computer is turned on, Windows freezes - when pulled out the screen goes black. If I insert while powered off, Windows freezes while booting ( at roughly the same time the optical drive starts up). The PCMCIA card works without problems in a Lenovo laptop.
I use windows 7 64bit and made a windows xp 32 bit partition, but the problem remains.
I tried running the Dell diagnostics, but after the first memorytests it freezes with a diskerror...
Thanks in advance,
Rune Werner, Denmark
5V PCMCIA is no longer supported.
I would suggest a RATOC cardbus card with 12v power supply. Cardbus DOES NOT Supply 12v needed by 6 pin firewire interfaces.
They will be hard to find in general due to ALL cardbus makers discontinuing products.
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