I received my first round of equipment and supplies today, which included the auto PT from V4L. I am so excited to get this, have been waiting since Saturday. Am literally dying to get off of analogs. But I can't seem to get it to work correctly. Or at least I don't think it is working correctly. When I plug it in to my laptop, I can hear a slight sizzling sound begin after a second or two, then I can get one good hit, then the sizzling sound stops, and no matter what I do it will not hit again unless I unplug it from the laptop and then plug it back in. If I do that, it will immediately start to sizzle again and provide one good hit, then nothing. I was reading the forum, and I went into power options on my laptop and turned off the power saver function for the USB port, so I don't think that is the problem. Plus, the PT works for literally only 10 seconds or so before stopping, so it couldn't be timing out that quickly, could it? Any advice is appreciated. I really want to make this work. BTW, I only ordered the PT to start (because I was so torn between manual and automatic, and I didn't want to committ to either one with a big starter kit without at least trying one or the other), so I have no other options to use while I wait for some other equipment to arrive. I am already thinking that maybe automatic is not the best way to go, but I am hesitant to order a manual PT now unless I make sure it is not a USB issue. Thanks to all here for all of your help!