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XP freezes on startup from Firewire external HD

I have a Dell XPS 400 and a WD external HD. When I plug it in via firewire (1394, IEEE) the computer freezes on startup. Using the USB cable, the computer has no problem. I've been meticulous about narrowing this problem down. I first thought it might be the HD driver. Updated...no change. Updated WD software...no change. Tried the turning HD off prior to startup...computer booted normally. Tried with USB and HD turned on at startup...no problem.

Tried updating my VIA OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller Driver. Couldn't find a newer driver than version 5.1.2535.0

Any thoughts b/c I'd really like to have the speed of firewire for my backup drive?

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This sounds silly but its true...the m-audio 410 doesn't work with windows, especially not with vista. It works on mac but barely. I've been screwing with one for 3-4 yrs now and have gone through a few that died and never had one with 0 problems, always too many to count. It works on macs but barely. it still has tons of problems on the latest and greatest. Bottom line - m-audio is crying because they're totally incompetent at making cards... or they don't give a rats a** about anyone not spending over $500.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • donk atron Apr 19, 2014

    Having wrote this solution quite some time ago, I thought to add some clarity for anyone who stumbles upon this. For just about any firewire device, ESPECIALLY sound cards and ther sound devices, you need to be certain of your firewire card's chipset in your computer. Texas Instruments is the only reliable chipset for windows users from what I have heard. I had already given up by then in favor of Mac OS X for 99% of audio and media needs for similar problems.

  • donk atron Apr 19, 2014

    tl;dr version - If you make music, get a mac, seriously. Too expensive? Get an old, slow used one, it's still better.

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