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USB Midi help

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Hi All,
Very cool site, very glad I found it!
I've got a question and would like to hear from all, especially anyone with experience. I am reviving and old project, a hacked I-Opener running W98SE. Hardware-AMD K6 ][+ @ 400MHz, 256K ram, 8G HDD. I had hacked it >10 years ago, but it hasn't been used for a long time. Recently I've been trying to set it up as a chiptune workstation ;)
This system is very much like a laptop in that you can't change too much of the hardware, SoundMax AC97 integrated. Sooo, I'm looking into midi options. So far I think my options are:
Parallel or Serial port midi interfaces, I.E. Midiman PC/S or such with manufacture's drivers
USB midi interfaces, M-Audio Midisport, manufacture's drivers for W98.
There are allot of new USB devices, but they rely on USB Audio Class compliant drivers, which are missing in Win98. Does anyone know if there is anyway to patch 98 to support this? I have applied nusb311 to great success for mass storage, but it doesn't enhance USB audio/midi. Anyone know of a way?
Thanks, Yogi

Edited by yogiatjellystone, 09 March 2013 - 04:14 PM.

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Well, you COULD provide the Motherboard name. MANY with Integrated have a "midi" (aka GAME) port.

Addendum - OW!!!! Google
"I-Opener" motherboard
That's ROUGH!!!

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Yea the I-Opener does not really lend it's self to 'upgrades'. The specs are: FoxConn mobo with VIA chipset, intergrated Cyberblade i& graphics driving a 10"LCD, SoundMax AD1881 AC97 intergrated sound. 1 IDE header, no ISA or PCI or nothing..
Ports: 2x serial, 1 Parallel, 2x USB. All this packaged into a single unit on a stand; kind of like a laptop without the keyboard half! It's main saving grace to me, is the compact size; very portable.
Back in the day, when there was a community of hackers, never heard of XP running well. Most installed Linux or Win98.
So it's not the best choice if you want an easy time, but I do like it very much with the upgrades. Really think it would be cool to use it with a midi keyboard as a virtual synth.

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