I recently purchased some Firewire music recording hardware/software (Presonus Firebox w/ Cubase). I have an HP Pavilion a1000 series with Windows XP. There's a Firewire port on the front and another on the back. I tried installing the drivers for the Firebox and when it came time to connect it to the computer to finish the installation...nothing. The computer's basically acting like there are no Firewire ports on it at all.
I went into the boot menu and confirmed that the 1394 stuff is enabled, and when I bring up Device Manager, if I click "Show Hidden Devices" it brings up 1394 ARP Client Protocol. This is also enabled. These are the only Firewire-related settings I have been able to locate anywhere in Windows.
I then installed Service Pack 2, hoping that once that was done, I would open my Network Connections folder and see a 1394 connection just waiting to be used. Unfortunately, once again...nothing.
Is there a driver I need to download? Is there something I need to physically do to the motherboard? Or is there something I just haven't done yet that, once done, will cause the computer to recognize it's own freaking 1394 ports? I'd really like that. It's a shame to spend upwards of $700 on recording equipment and then realize that your computer doesn't think it has Firewire ports...
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!