Originally posted by Bruce A. Richardson:
You won\'t be mad at me, though, right? I would have advised against a laptop Giga-rig altogether...
But, I hope you\'ll be able to tune up for better performance. You\'re dealing with a very inexact science, using a laptop with a peripheral drive for hardcore streaming. Streaming samplers put your drive subsystems on crack.
Firewire is something you should check, but hopefully you can find a drive to borrow so you don\'t have to spend $$ on an experiment. It may be no better than the USB. Or it might solve your problem. If it does solve the problem, chances are you could buy a Firewire drive case, and just take your drive out of the USB case and transfer it to that.
You\'re definitely a pioneer. I have fantasized about using a laptop for gigs instead of my 4-space rackmount, but the issue of drives has been the deciding factor against that. I hope you can get it worked out.
I am not sure where to check to make sure a USB drive is running in DMA mode. I\'m not finding it in Device Manager where the other DMA-status pages reside. It may not run in anything BUT DMA mode. Perhaps a Windows genius can help us out?