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SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/24/2004 12:18:22 PM   
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Has anybody else had issues capturing video from a DVcam using the firewire port of an SB Audigy card? This thing will NOT work, in XP or 2000. I have found others with this issue, but I have not found a solution. Has anyone else had this problem, and did just adding another FW card solve it?

-NGR
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RE: SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/24/2004 12:54:27 PM   
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SB Audigy Firewire port is Texas Instrument compatible,
I would have guessed it to work!
A good, inexpensive and assured to work card is:
"ADS Pyro Basic"

By the way the Firewire connector on the edge of the card
is strictly compliant with the 1394 connectors on Asus A7N8X-E
MainBoard (specifically the "4pins" one) so the 1394 bracket
"4pins" connector cable can be used in it!
(not the "6pins" one because the "middle pins" VCC and
ground should not be connected -> they seems to be all grounds)

Hope this help!

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RE: SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/24/2004 1:17:22 PM   
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I have a Panasonic PVDV-701. Can you offer a link to the cable I should be using with this camcorder? I do not believe it is a cable problem, simply because this does work, the first time you connect it. Then it never works again. This is a known issue, but the MS fix does not fix. It merely produces another error by finding a device that has no driver. If I moved the card to another slot, it will work again, once. It seems to be some sort of an initialization problem that occurs after the first initialization.

Right now, I am trying to get it to work in XP. This uses the generic OHCI compliant driver that comes with XP, and is not able to use a TI driver. However, I tried using the TI driver in Win2k, and had similar issues. It worked more often, but has intermittent trouble, and locked up several times, using different capture software.

I feel like picking up a cheap used Mac to capture, and then move the file to a PC

I am up to 28 DV tapes now. When I bought the camcorder I figured I would not need that many because I could capture, burn to dvd, and erase the tape. So far, thats about $170 in tapes because I can't get this to work.

-NGR

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RE: SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/24/2004 3:00:30 PM   
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I was refering to the edge connector of the Audigy card
"inside the PC", not the external one at the rear outside
of the PC. And I was refering to the 1394 bracket with one
"6pins" cable connector and one "4pins" cable connector that
is part of the Asus A7N8X-E mainboard box.

Using this as a example of wiring, it allows you to connect the front
socket of a PC case to the edge connector of the Audigy inside the PC.
But beware: the VCC wire from the PC case socket should NOT be
connected to the Audigy header! (=>"4pins" only!)
Only the ground pin facing the suppressed pin shoud be connected
like on the Asus "4pins" connector.
This gives you two 1394 sockets, one in front of the case
and the legacy one at the rear, and it is more convenient
to connect a removable apparatus to the front one.
(The wiring is in the pdf manual of the A7N8X-E on Asus site)

You should try to borrow or buy an ADS Pyro BasicDV card
(35 euros) and see if it works for you!
If not, it is a problem with your PC:
either DMA not enabled or drives too fragmented
or system unstable...

By the way, is your CPU at least PIII 1GHz or P4 2.4GHz?
Do you have two HD drives? one for the system and one
for the video files?
If your memory sticks are "noname" ones, the video
processing will show you their operating margin!!!

Hope this help!


< Message edited by mardigan -- 9/25/2004 9:42:36 AM >

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RE: SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/27/2004 9:21:49 AM   
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I ordered a "Koutech" FW card from NewEgg.com last night. It has a high number of 5-star reviews, and is the TI chipset.

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=15-103-103&depa=0

Based on all the negatives I am now reading about the FW port on the SB Audigy, I am willing to bet this will resolve the issue.

-NGR

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RE: SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/29/2004 8:25:20 AM   
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I am using both FW ports of the SB Audigy with an external HD in a Connectland
ST-2316C enclosure (made by Sunnytek SNT) -> that works well!

A friend of mine is using an ADS Pyro BasicDV card for video acquisition
with Ulead MediaStudioPro 7.01
This card is the recommended one for MSP7 -> specifically crafted for DV
(not a glitch!)

1/ Could you sum up the "negatives" about the FW port on the SB Audigy?
2/ Could you tell us your findings with the "Koutech" FW card?

mardigan

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RE: SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/29/2004 12:48:04 PM   
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I also use both firewire ports without any problem on the audigy.

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RE: SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/29/2004 1:59:51 PM   
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Theres the problem then. I only have ONE FW port on my Audigy. THis is an Audigy OEM edition that I bought when the Audigy first came out. It sounds like there was a revision that probably resolved the very issue I am complaining of.

-NGR

I received the Koutech card today. I will test tonight and let you know the results. I suspect things will go well.

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RE: SB Audigy Firewire port - 9/29/2004 9:42:36 PM   
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THAT CONFIRMS IT!!

If you own a Panasonic PV-DV701 and a Sound Blaster Audigy card, FORGET IT!

IT DOES NOT WORK!!!!!!

I just installed a "Koutech" card I bought from newegg.com (TI Chipset) and I am capturing video just fine!!

Almost two years went by since I bought this card and I thought it was something *I* was doing wrong. From now on, ANY other card but SoundBlaster. No tech docs, no advisorys, NOTHING on THEIR site about this problem. I found some other people in forums experiencing the same issue, which is what prompted me to buy the new card. I find it HARD to believe that nobody reported this issue to Creative in the last two years.



Grrrr, I am happy this is fixed, and so PISSED that Creative had no docs about firewire issues, NOT ONE.

Thank you all for all your input.

-NGR

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