To use the SCS.1 controllers, you will
need a Firewire port of some kind on your computer. Most Apple computers come
with 6 pin ports built in. In the PC world, most notebooks have the 4
pin Firewire connectors instead. Using these will require you to have a
4 to 6 pin Firewire cable. There is also Firewire 800 ports, which are square (common on newer Apple computers). If your computer is equipped with this type of port, you can use an 800 to 400 adapter or cable to connect the SCS.1 controller.
Stanton recommends Firewire cards with a Texas Instruments (TI) chipset for best performance. An example of a quality Firewire card that works well with the SCS.1 controller is the Adaptec FireConnect 4300 (this is a PCI card suitable for installation in a desktop computer). If you have a laptop computer, you’ll need either a PCMCIA or ExpressCard depending on your computer (most modern computers now have an ExpressCard slot). PCMCIA and ExpressCards by the manufacturer SIIG commonly use TI chipsets as well. Most aftermarket card manufacturers are likely to change the Firewire chipset they use based on things like cost, so be sure to check the packaging before you buy, or make sure the retailer you purchase from has a liberal return policy.
If you find that your computer is dropping the SCS.1 controller completely and you're running XP, try the 1394 rollback outlined in this Knowledge Base. If that fails to fix the problem, check and see if your Firewire chipset is made by Texas Instruments. If it isn’t, you might consider purchasing a TI based card and seeing if that solves your problem. You can see what Firewire chipset is on your computer by looking in the Device Manager (Windows), or System Profiler in OSX.