I'm posting this because everyone has a problem, it seems to be the same problem all round...
I don't know if its any of the other M-audio products or just the ENTIRE firewire series, but why does every product in the firewire range only work properly if you have a Texas Instruments chipset?
They make great pocket calculators by the way... Texas instruments.
I'm fed up.
When buying the box, if somewhere, something or some one had told me, "get a dedicated PCI firewire card with a TI chipset before you buy this," I still would have got the card, probably, but got all the right stuff from the get-go too.
Now I'm sitting with a paper-weigh and I'm out of pocket. And I know there are those of you out there who'll say, "Just get a TI chipset pci card," And I really would love to, but why should I?
WHY will an average PCI not card do?
WHY does it have to be TI?
WHY WHY WHY.
M-audio is a known brand. Its international; I'm from South Africa (I still have a 56k dial up... :-) I use awsome ADSL at work!) and I bought one, from a local store. (ok, they did close down... hehe.) Don't they have what it takes to work around this whole debacle.
I just don't see why this stupid Texas Instument thing is such an issue. Yes I know the whole 'quality' story will come into play here but its like that with everything isn't it. Is it really the same in this case though?
I've seached through it all. The entirety of every solution always culminates with Texas Instruments. Have it, or do without it and do without making your music. Its just a sad situation.
I really don't want to throw blame around and flipantly declare that I'll never buy an M-audio product ever again, I will because I've never had a problem like this and I still trust M-audio and the customer support is still very good. But I just want to know if it is only me who sees the burning irratation in this problem. It all comes down to money. It may not seem like such an issue to a lot of you until you sit in my position, I'm sure a lot of you have too
The Bottom Line is that we're mostly musicians on this forum. Money isn't all that available to most musicians. I personally can't afford to buy another anything for a while. These TI cards cost like R1000, which is a LOT... er $80... thats the cost of a cheap guitar, or about two hours studio time with session musicians; albeit bad ones.
Forgive me for venting. How does everyone else see this?