Hey all, I'm a newbie here, so please be gentle . Also, I'm unsure whether I've posted this in the right forum, but please feel free to move me if not. Okay, so here is my dilemma: I'm about to purchase a notebook computer to accompany my Presonus Firepod for recording purposes. I currently have my eye on the Sony Vaio SZ, 13.3", T7700 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB Ram, 160GB SATA 5400rpm HDD; and also the Asus V2S, 14.1", T7500 2.2Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB Ram, 160 SATA 5400rpm HDD. (In either case, the hard drive will likely be upgraded to an external 7200rpm drive in future). Firstly, I'm after some advice in terms of notebooks for recording. What do I need to know before I make my decision/purchase? Any key points, crucial things to note? Secondly, the FireWire matter has got me somewhat baffled. Since Mac laptops are generally the only ones that incorporate the 6 pin FireWire port, how does one get around recording with a laptop/system that doesn't have a 6 pin port? The Firepod requires a 6 pin to 6 pin connection. Both laptops I've been looking at have a 4 pin port. So far, I know a 4 pin adapter, 6 pin to 4 pin cable, and PCIMCIA FireWire card are options, but I am concerned about audio quality loss, and a decrease in data tranfer rate, performance, etc. Is audio quality compromised in using any of the above? How do you guys record with notebooks? I wouldn't want to compromise the sound of my recordings.. Any advice as to my best option here would be very much appreciated. My apologies for the incessant questioning. Though I need to make a decision on a laptop within the next few days, and would like to have a clear grasp on which machine would be best suited. Thanks in advace for any help / advice.