Thanks Justin. I got Windows 7 & Cubase 6 up and working. I ran the compatibility tool from windows first and found everything in order. Got most my drivers and plugins back in place. I ended up using Acronis to restore original systems settings. Then did fresh install of both Windows 7 & Cubase 6. Firepods are synced and all seems well. Keeping fingers crossed! Haha.
Ok. I got everything installed and I'm now facing the dreaded CPU overload/drop out problem even though i'm maxing ASIO at only 30%. I'm running a core 2 duo CS rack with Cubase 6 and 2 Firepods. Did every optimisation I could think of/find (buffer size, Windows 7 opti's, multiprocessing uncheck, etc.) and the problem got better but didn't go away. Now only happens every 3rd pass through song or so. I can't figure out if it's a windows, cubase or firepod issue. Tried killing all plugs (especially old ones) but still happens. Can anyone suggest any other possible fixes? I've been delaying clients for a week now. About to start losing work....
Thanks. That's the plan for today. Will be calling as soon as I get to the studio. If I/we find a fix, I will post it here in case anyone else runs into this problem.
I did find something interesting in all this. I disabled firewall and defender from inside the Security Center in Windows and then went to System Services and found they were still running. So I disabled them from inside there and now they don't start up. It didn't fix my problem, but it did help it happen less often.