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M-Audio 410 driver drops out on internal Firewire port

I have run into a rather strange problem with my internal firewire port. This problem only effects my M-Audio 410 exteral audio device. I've done a lot of tech support but this one is making me scratch my head. Symptoms are as follows: 1. My Firewire external Drive has no problems running on the port. 2. M-Audio 410 driver will drop out at some point in its operation. It can happen anywhere in the time frame of 1-4 hours. All drivers are current running under XP service pack two with a bare bones operating system. Running under a fresh OS install 3. Under the same operating system and conditions the M-Audio card works flawlessly using a PCI Firewrire Card. If I attatch the Firewire drive this quickly causes the M-Audio card driver to drop out. So I thought Oh it's the drive causing the problem. However, the problem exists on the interal firewire port regardless of whether the drive is attatched or not. Very stange. At first I thought I had resolved the problem narrowing it down to the external drive being attached but no (LOL), the problem exists with the drive completely removed from the stystem. 4. I should mention that the M-Audio card was replaced with a brand new one from M-Audio. The original card experienced similar problems as above but then finally died altogether. It no longer recieved power. I had initially thought the M-Audio unit was just bad and the problem would be completely resolved with a new one. 5. The new m-audio unit works fine but only if I use it on the PCI firewire card without the external firewire drive attatched. I only have one PCI slot on this unit which I'd like to use for something else other than a PCI firewire card. The following may or may not be related: 6. I reset the BIOS on the motherboard using the jumper and returned the BIOS to the manufactures settings. These are the same setting under which the card performed flawlessly for almost a year. 7. I had a brand new wireless keyboard go bad on me with in the same time period. It was not a complete failor. The mouse would send bad info to the receiver. Example: I would click on somthing and hold the mouse button down to drag a window but it would release the window prior to releasing the button i was holding down etc. The keyboard was replaced and works perfectly now. 8. My MAG LCD monitor under a year old will go blank if the brightness value is turned up above 70 percent. So, I've had strange problems with 3 peices of hardware within the realative same time period. These problems did not however occure at same time, just in close proximity. The keybaord problem is where it all started to happen. At first I thought it was a virus that was effecting the mouse operation. This is what initially caused me to install a new fresh OS. At which point I started to have problems with the original m audio 410 ... which eventualy over a period of days completely died and had to be replaced. I've never had so many things go wrong all in short span of time and I'm wondering if there is any relationship to each other. Could a power surge cause these things to have gone wrong? My own thinking is that if there was a power surge it would have rendered these devises completely inoperatable and dead rather than the strange problems i have been having. The PC I'm using is manufactured by (model: C2). It's still under warranty and so I have the option to have it replaced but I would probably loose the unit for month while being repaired which really is not an option for me right now unless absolutely nessecary. The tech guys at MusicXPC and M-Audio are a bit stumped. So I just found the site today and thought I would give it a go to see if anyone has an idea of what is causing this to happen??? Some questions I have asked myself but have not been fully able to answer: 1: Is the computer some how causing these strange failures to occure?? Perhaps there is a problem with the power supply in the unit??? It seems like a weak answer to the problems considering all the clues but I'm not sure. 2: Would a power surge be responsible for these strange problems?? Again, it seems like a power surge would have caused more severe problems such as total failure rather than strange intermitent problems. 3. IRQ problem? internal firewire runs on IRQ 18, shared with the USB controler. There are no USB devices attatched to this computer. PCI Firewire card runs on IRQ 22 with nothing else sharing it. The card only has firewire on it, both 400 and 800 connections (no USB) 4. Could automatic udates from Microsoft have caused something to be different. I did update the fresh install with MS updates. This seems to be an unlikely answer though since the m audio 410 works fine on the PCI firewire. If the updates effected something it would have to have effected only the internal firewire port... Thanks for all your help. Be glad to return the favor down the line. I have a lot of experience with both hardware and software especially where audio is concerned but this problem just has me stumped... Sincerely, Dean

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Hi, i've an m-audio 410 fw and windows 7 64bit.the os doesn't open drivers-exe file that i've downloaded from m-audio web site.why? thanks

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My (M-AUDIO FW 410)drivers had suddenly got kicked off. (i honestly don't know what had happend to my drivers) So i went on line to get the latest drivers for my (MAC BOOK PRO/10.4.11).... It didn't work....

Unfortunately, you may have to upgrade. Depending how old your system is typically you need to upgrade every 3 to 4 years. You might upgrade your RAM. When you turn on your computer wait at least 5 minutes for all your drivers to load. If you open up an application before they load it may cause a conflict and not load all drivers. Make sure your not connected to the Internet. When your connected to the Internet all your programs that are not set up to not look for updates will. You wont even know that their doing this until it's to late. This is what I would do. Go to your system restore and restore to a point that you knew it was working. When you look at your restore options it will give you a list by day what was added. Just look at these day's and try and remember what you installed before this started happening. You're having a conflicting problem. Now we need to find out where. Feel free to contact me with any other questions. Hope this helps.

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M-audio firewire 410 on macbook

Use a 'Y' splitter. Usually from balanced to unbalanced. Also try looking at your device's control panel and see if you can change the channel options from mono to stereo. Beta drivers are for testing purposes, so try the signed driver also.

Mar 08, 2008 | M-Audio FireWire 410 External Sound System

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Windows xp 64 bit... where is the driver?

M audio will never support win64bit I know it sucks. I roduce music and ran into a lot of problems with the 64bit.. If you need some help with audio or any kind of pro audio let me know.

Feb 10, 2008 | M-Audio FireWire 410 External Sound System

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Firewire audio problem

Are you using the 410 for recording or as a playback consumer soundcard? Is it connected to external speakers and if so, what type?

Keep me posted.

Dec 29, 2007 | M-Audio FireWire 410 External Sound System

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Lots of noise when laptop power cord is plugged in

You must be running on pc, or it sounds like you may have a ground loop issue. If you are running a mac, then bus power over the firewire should be enough. If your running on a pc, try getting a pcmcia card with 6 pin firewire ports. If not then your pc laptop will have to power the 410 via ac adapter. That means both should be plugged in tot he wall. Ive gotten that interference before, and gett it on any audio, whether im producing or playing itunes. I find the trick is to reset the 410 via the output window in the top right. It's right above the level knob. Also, try just installing the latest driver, with the 410 disconnected, then launch it from a different file path than the icon.

I still use it for the macbook pro, and its not always top notch. I bought it 3 years ago for 500, and i see what 500 buys nowadays.......MOTU!!!!

Keep me posted.

Dec 08, 2007 | M-Audio FireWire 410 External Sound System

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You should install service pack 2, the go to the m-audio site and upgrade the drivers again. Also, since your computer most likely have a 4 pin firewire, make sure you have the power cqble for the 410 connected. Ofcourse, do not have the 410 connected when upgrade either sp2 or the drivers. make sure you power cycle both devices before reconnecting and attempting to record....

keep me posted...

Nov 19, 2007 | M-Audio FireWire 410 External Sound System

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My M-Audio 410 distorts and jams

When you install WinXP again it fail to see the sound card you will need to load the original sound driver if you dont have it then try here for it:

Oct 12, 2007 | M-Audio FireWire 410 External Sound System

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M-Audio FireWire 410 distorts and jams

Theres the reason I believe when you installed XP you have install the driver for that model:  XP fails to load the drivers possibly out of date and then it wont load it however you go here and find your one and install that you wont afterwards.

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