[ardour-users] Hardware for a Laptop

7lb9oz Productions viipoundproductions at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 10 12:54:10 PST 2006

Hello all, 
 I have recently aquired a laptop which I am currently running ardour on.  I have a pressing need to add some hardware, but I wanted to get some advice before I do.
 The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite M45 and will be needing both an external HD as well as a much better audio interface to record with.  I am thinking to use the Cardbus for the audio interface and either USB 2.0 or Firewire for the HD.  
 Any suggestions first as to a PCMCIA audio card that will be well supported by linux?  My desktop has a Delta 1010, so I suppose that the ammount of in/out ports is not as important on the laptop, its more for just a mobile editing settup.  I would be ok with a simple stereo settup, 4 channels would be better...I just dont want to buy a card that is just ADAT and wont work without external gear.  
 Second, as far as the HD goes, is Firewire or USB 2.0 preferred?  I seem to remember hearing that USB is faster now, but I dont recall for certain.  Any advice here?
 Thanks in advance to all, 
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