It looks like it is an ATI chipset...in device manager:
ATI I/O communications Processor USB 2.0 EHCI
driver is dated 6/21/2006 and is 6.0.6000.16386
So, I guess I'm stuck buying a new IEEE1394 card. This sucks that USB 2.0 in laptops sucks so much! I really don't want a big "wart" sticking out of my laptop, nor do I want to unplug the PCMCIA card EVERYDAY...
Maybe I should call ACER about this issue????
Thanks for the reply.