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Re: USB interface help

Devin Smith wrote:
> Sorry to revisit this subject, as I know it was a bit of a thread not 
> too long ago, but I just bought a Tascam US-122 audio/midi interface for 
> use with my Dell laptop (circa 3 years ago). I am getting some annoying 
> skipping in the data stream when listening to CD's and wav files, and I 
> was wondering if anyone had any guess why that might be.

You probably have USB 1.1 ports.  Go to the System dialog in the
control panel, select the Hardware tab, and click Device Manager.
(Assuming you have XP, it's a little different on 2000).  Look
for the node marked "Universal Serial Bus Controllers".  One
of the entries on the list should have the words "2.0" or
"enhanced", such as "Intel(r)82801DB/DBM USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller".

It is usually hard to put new ports in a laptop.  You can probably buy
a PCMCIA card that has them.

I've never used them but supposedly USB 1.1 audio interfaces can be made
to work if you don't demand too much of them.  Limit yourself to stereo
ins and outs and don't go above 16 bit 44.1 khz.