Originally Posted by BushmasterM4
Since you have recorded breifly with no problems, it may be that something is kicking in (software,process, etc) that is triggering the issue. As mentioned above NIC cards should be disabled along with Virus Proctection and Firewall. You need to run the bare minimum processes. The 'Black Viper " guides are great for streamling processes and getting the most out of your pc/laptop. Here is a link Super Tweaks for Windows 7 by Black Viper
What latency/buffer setting are you using with the Mackie ? If you mentioned it earlier I apologize. Try 12ms or higher and see if the problem goes away. Also degrag your hard drive. Ive been using Mackie gear (Onyx 1640 and now the 1640i) and Tracktion for all most 4 years. My first pc was an old 850 htz AMD Anthlon with 1 gig of memory and a 120gig drive and it could handle anything I threw at it once I tweaked it. A few other background processes that Adobe Acrobat installs and Camera software can slow things to a craw too. Streamline your OS !!!
Thank for your reply. I have tried to streamline my laptop as much as I know how. I have tried disabling all NICs aswell as disabling things such as USB ports which are on the same IRQ as the firewire. I also disabled all services (except Microsoft services) in msconfig, including McAfee. None of that did the trick.
As for latency, I have tried playing around with that too. For most of the time I've had it at 12ms but I had increased it way up to like 40 and it didn't help the situation.
Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.