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    Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    I just got a new machine (a stripped down version of the roll your own Athlon on prorec.com). The only problem is Giga doesn\'t see a MIDI port. Is this a Win ME driver problem? How do I resolve this? I\'m expecting to use the game port MIDI device but there doesn\'t seem to be one although the port is physically there. Help, please, if you can! - Doug

    BTW, I got the machine from Scott at www.advanceddesignky.com and it gets full 160 poly, no problem.

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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    Just a little more info: the MOBO is an iwill KK-266R; it has VIA chipset; and integrated CMedia audio. - Doug

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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    Since you have integrated audio on the motherboard, have you checked the system bios at startup (press delete key at startup) to see if there is an option for this to turn on or off?

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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    By the way, even if you get it working I\'ve found the onboard IWill MIDI port to be crap. It totally hangs notes in Giga for any reasonably complex MIDI piece coming from my Win2K/Sonar box. I bought a parallel-port MIDI 4x4 (Egosys Miditerminal 4140) and that is much better.


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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    Here\'s an update: After I pulled what was left of my hair out my vendor (Scott at Advanced Design) found a link to some older sound card drivers. I installed them (after all the Windows warnings) and voila! Game and MIDI ports appeared.

    Carlgt1, The Iwill MIDI port seems to be working OK for me so far. The machine rocks along fine. At least for Bach and Franck.
    Doug

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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    Why are you using ME in the first place - everybody knows it stinks....

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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    well good luck, but the on-board MIDI port couldn\'t handle 16 MIDI tracks of Holst \"The Planets!\"

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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by carlgt1:
    well good luck, but the on-board MIDI port couldn\'t handle 16 MIDI tracks of Holst \"The Planets!\"<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    That probably presents a greater data glut than my live playing does. I play fast (so they tell me) but I can only transmit on a couple of MIDI channels at a time.

    I use both 98 and ME on different machines and have found no appreciable difference in Giga performance one way or the other, btw.

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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Doug Marshall:

    I use both 98 and ME on different machines and have found no appreciable difference in Giga performance one way or the other, btw.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yeah that is probably true. But you sure get more problems and less stability with ME - and oh, not having DOS can be a bit problematic if you run into some serious problems and have to work in DOS....



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    Re: Help! where\'s the MIDI port in WinME?

    Simon,
    Win/ME is relatively solid, once HW/drivers/settings are settled. I\'ve installed/run it on many machines, and HW/drivers/settings is always the culprit. ...\'course, those 3 things run into the 100 thousands of possible combinations . . . thus the problem. Usually takes some work. But a machine running week after week without a reboot is something I will not settle without.

    If you really want to do DOS things under ME--as so many of us computer vets are wont to do when it\'s quicker--why not do a START|Run|Command and invoke DOS? Put a DOS icon in a command bar for quick use, just as before. So less of it is in firmware.

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