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Microsoft seems to be phasing out MIDI facilities

by lordoxford02 / June 21, 2009 6:20 AM PDT

For two months I have been trying to connect my (simple) "Midiplus 61" piano keyboard to my Acer "Travelmate 4150" laptop (under Win XP Home) using one of its USB ports, so as to drive a music program. The keyboard produces a MIDI stream. I must have downloaded 250 Mbytes of so called "USB-MIDI Drivers", some from Acer, some from MSoft, many from individuals who profess to know the solution. Now, in desperation I seek help from my CNET colleagues - "HELP!!".
I must add that the keyboard works fine when driving through Win 98 on an old machine and the laptop produces excellent Steinway piano sound when running, say, a "Pianoteq" demonstration file.

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Just checking.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 21, 2009 6:28 AM PDT

The last time I helped someone with that they were not spending a dime but trying to get by with demo's and old hardware that had no drivers.

I didn't see where you obtained something like

Microsoft (msoft?) does not make midi cables or gear so let's not deal with them. Same for Acer.

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"Just Checking"
by lordoxford02 / June 22, 2009 5:40 AM PDT
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Hi Mr Proffit. Thank you for your reply.
I assure you I have spent a dime or two on this project. Indeed I already have one of those "Two-standard-midi-to-one-USB-plug" converters. The problem, as you will devine if you re-read my note, is somewhere between the laptop's USB socket and some quite expensive piano software which persists in showing "No USB inputs".
I divine this to be in the nature of a missing driver.
Now this seems to be a feature of Microsoft's operating system philosophy: from Win 98 thro' Win XP MIDI is being decreasingly less catered for. Do you not agree?
I repeat, Please help!

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