Simply put, there something that could convert a firewire protocol to USB2.0 rather than me having to buy a new USB interface for use with my non-PCMCIA equipped PC laptop? I think I already know the answer, that even if there was a piece of hardware to do so, it wouldn't be nearly stable enough for professional audio.
Yup figured I knew the answer. unfortunately no IEEE1394 (lenovo y570) and yes even if it did I doubt it would prove stable enough for audio. I've been using the USB3.0 bus for my eleven rack just to track guitar ideas while my studio pc is in storage (moving to Kansas City) and it has been surprisingly stable. Let's see how well it can handle at least 8 simultaneous drum tracks though lol.
Actually, I have a Lenovo Y-series Ideapad with 1394 by Ricoh. I have auditioned a Presonus FS Mobile and it worked just fine, so don't underestimate that lappy. At least mine is designed well and has stable underlying drivers.
Absolutely, I love this laptop. With an i7 sandybridge and 8gb ddr3 it packs a punch (more than my studio desktop ironically lol) I've just heard stories about how USB isn't optimized for transferring high resolution audio as much as firewire is, but it seems to be working well thus far.