I'm considering buying a laptop as an addition to my barebone PC which I use as my main audio workstation. This laptop should:
1. Be capable of recording say at most 8 audio tracks simultaniously through my M-Audio FireWire 1814 interface at 24 bit/44.1 kHz.
2. Run the Ivory Pianos in live Gigs reliably (without humming when connected to the power outlet).
so it only should be a cheap mobile extension of my home studio. The mixing will be done on my main workstation. First I considered buying a Dell Inspiron 1525 but then read about the firewire chipset issue and finally changed my mind. Right now the lenovo R61 looks as a good candidate to me: Lenovo ThinkPad R61 T8100 WXP Pro
Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1 GHz
160 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
2 GB / 3 GB (Max) - DDR II SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300 (1 x 2 GB)
15.4" TFT 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+)
Do you think this laptop will manage the above tasks? Does it have the Texas Instruments firewire chipset? If not, please post your suggestions.