To get my FA 101 to work probably I eventually bought an expresscard
adaptor with a Texas Instruments (TI) chipset. The internal firewire
port of my hp notebook simply wouldn't work. A cheapo expresscard would
work but I was getting any number of xruns and zombifications even with
all of the RT voodoo.
It's not very easy to find out the chipset on these cards because it's
not usually advertised. I got mine in a store in Rome, if you like I can
give you the exact specs when I get back home (because the brand I got -
Digitus - has two models one with TI and one without).