Question about Focusrite Saffire LE FireWire Audio Interface Sound Card

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Firewire connection lost


Whenever the Saffire le is connected, it says on the saffire software: "Firewire connection lost."
Although in device manager it says the device is connected, I have updated the firmware inside the card, the software, and all updates for my operating system (vista).
If I try to use the card with any audio software, the software hangs and I have to close it, If I scan the soundcard for changes through device settings it hangs there also.
Sometimes if I restart the computer the card will connect for a second, but then disconnects and then continually does this.
I am using a laptop and connecting the card via an 34 express slot with a Startech Firewire card, this has a texas instruments chipset which is reccomended by Focusrite, but I'm still getting problems.
I have searched and searched the web, but very few people seem to be having this problem unfortunately!
Any help would be greatly appreciated, I would have returned the card as I think that is where the issue lies, but I have ran out of time.
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  • Deedle1 Jan 08, 2009

    I have the same problem but the PC is a Dell Studio Hybrid. Any Ideas?

  • ganjamandk Jan 12, 2009

    i have the same problem, when i play any kind of music, it sounds like bad 8bit sound, i have acer 8920G

  • philipm17 Jan 16, 2009

    Same problem here with my xps420 dell pc .Although I just bought mine so will send it back as it's still under warranty.

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    Exactly the same problem here with almost the same specs, although it's a Saffire that I've got.The only difference is that I can't even update the firmware. Cubase sees the Saffire, the Saffire gets the sound but the Saffire Control always gives me the "Firewire lost connection" message.

    Hope someone has got a solution for us as none of the "tips" on Focusrite web page has worked so far...

  • funkatronic1 Jan 18, 2009

    it has got it's own input, nothing else is connected by firewire or ever has been.

  • cresh85 Jan 21, 2009




  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    Same problem, but with windows xp, and saffire le.

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    Hi , Having the same problem here. Mac OS X Saffire lights up but no one is home. Getting the same error message

  • decidedly711 Mar 22, 2009

    Same problem Saffire LE with MacBook Pro. sole user of firewire port. Used to show up and play. not anymore. updated OS, etc. no dice. help

  • MUSICTRACER May 02, 2009

    I am experiencing exactly the same problem. Saffire is not recognized as connected to laptop. The system fails to "see" it. Does anyone think it could be the not enough power supply? I mean how many of you guys supply power through power adaptor and how many through firewire? I can only supply through adaptor since I connect Saffire to a laptop (3pin connection)...



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Ok, here it is. There is an answer is the answer based section on the Focusrite website. Basically it is recognizing it as a firewire device and not an audio device, or so I have gathered. So you need to uninstall the Saffire software and then: 1. Find your FireWire (IEEE 1394) controller in Device Manager (START>CONTROL PANEL>SYSTEM>). 2. Click "Update driver" 3. Select "Browse my computer for driver software" 4. Click "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer" 5. Install the driver that ends with "(Legacy)". 6. Reinstall your Saffire driver using the latest version from the Focusrite website, and re-connect your device.
Hope this helps,
Cheers - DJ Zerokewl

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In my case... The interface "Saffire" must have its own firewire input to the computer ... You can not connect external disks to the same firewire input... Tomas K

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