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Not responding I bought a tascam us 144. I try to use it for music production, my problem is that all my softwares keep freezing. I tried with nuendo 3 and cubase sx3, cubase le, and even with cubase sx. I`ve got vista installed, and i`ve got the newest vista drivers. I`ve tried so many different things, but no success. Van somebody give me any advice that i can try? Is it better with xp?

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  • brattelmoes Mar 20, 2008

    have the same problem , did everything i could: have enaugh GIG etc , i really do not like this card , can Anybody Help to get this card Right, my Pc Is ONLY for music , i See A lot of people having troubles with this soundcard

  • majjak May 09, 2008

    the computer freezes after a while seems like driver problem. I have uninstalled all software and drivers and removed anything that could interfere. Reformated hard drive, reintalled win xp, music software, and drivers, as music machine. Disabled network card and disconnected all other usb devices. Still freezes after a a time and seems like if there is no activity for a while thats when it happens. Just speculation. It acts like a hardware conflick or IR conflict. Locks up hard requiring hard switch reboot. The ASIO4all driver seems to be the driver Cubase Live and ect. want most Live's MME DirectX seems to work the best. Just having the tascam us 144 plugged in (usb led on) and not using it while writing this it locked up my computer. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • slayerx4 Jul 20, 2008

    Having the same issue. Trying to boot up reason. It will freeze. Everytime you unplug the usb or your power goes off in your house, you have to reinstall the drivers or most of your software will freeze and the software won't reconize the tascam driver. I've d/led the latest firmware and still had this problem. Now i cna't even install the drivers!!! I've installed the latest like 3 times in a row, and my computer sitll won't reconize them.I would definitely say get another audio interface. I'll never mess with tascam products again.

  • Anonymous Aug 02, 2008

    I"m having the same problem as you guys, except I'm using logic studio on one of the new imacs. They said it was fully compatible with a mac which it is because to be fair, it did work quite well before when u install the firmware correctly, however after a while it froze up my mac, I couldn't and still cant figure out what the problem is with it. My computer seemed to unfreeze as soon as I unplugged the usb. I also had the same problem when I restarted with it plugged in. My computer would just freeze on startup until I unplugged the usb. I have more than enough for my system specs and I dont think this problem is related with macs or logic pro because it seems like pc owners have had the same symptoms in using this thing with other software.



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I have a thought on the 144 running on xp. If recording is such a memory hog and some say a minimum of 1 gig ram is needed then has anyone upgraded ram and had success? And or is it possible to create a dedicated swap file of some sort in place of ram. Actually I would like to know if it is indeed the lack of ram freezing the machine (.5 gig) and might there be a work around?

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Even after I installed the latest drivers and firmware from Tascam, and upgraded from 1GB to 2.5GB RAM on my Windows Vista laptop, nothing worked until I downloaded the 4.1.2 Cubase 4 LE update from This update was marked as "official Vista release". I downloaded the update and installed, and now everything works without hanging up the system.

Posted on May 16, 2008


I got pro tools with an mbox runnin just fine on vista ultimate 32 bit .... if that can work anything can trust me.... u might need make sure your not running a 64bit ver of vista alot music software isnt combatible yet ..

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Hey ive got the same sound card and its running fine on my P.C laptop (toshiba). im running XP pro and its all good. just make sure you have the latest us-144 drivers, and enough ram on your pc. 1gig or more. my laptop has 2gig, duo processor, and no probs here.
in response to that last comment on buying a mac, i disagree, as ive done a few recording sessions with mac users, and ive seen my fair share of $^#%$# ups on the macs inside professional studios. So use whatever your familiar and comfortable with. Also, you might want to consider if running pc to dedicate it just for music, no internet ect. get rid of all the programs you dont need and partition your drive.
hope this helps

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You might want to downgrade to xp because vista uses alot of ram to run it. you could also get more ram. you need about 1gb and a half to 2 gigs to run most recording softwares and interfaces. i personally use vista cause i lost my xp disk and i got 2 gbs of ram and everything runs great, but if you really want to get into recording do what im doing and save up and buy a mac.

andy kastrinelis
owner of addex recording inc.

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