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Vista addendum.. [Mar. 12th, 2007|03:49 pm]
Bob Bain
Yesterday I wrote:-

It also told me that in addition to the FA311 card I might have problems with the MPU-401 "midi controller". The guidance program didn't tell me this - only the installation. I don't use midi as far as I know and this is only an olde olde "see what happens" machine so I figured it didn't matter.

I've unplugged the FA311 so that should no longer be an issue.


The MPU-401, where MPU stands for MIDI Processing Unit, is an important but now obsolete standard for MIDI interfaces for Personal Computers. It was designed by Roland Corporation, which also co-authored the MIDI standard.

The current trend in MIDI world is to use the USB interface, and a USB to MIDI converter in order to drive musical peripherals which do not yet have their own USB ports. Often, peripherals are able to accept MIDI input through USB and route it to the traditional DIN connectors. MPU401 support is no longer included in Windows Vista.


I haven't a clue what any of that means so I'll assume that when Vista prompts for a driver I should tell it to forget about doing so forever.

I've been in the city of Sydney to purchase Office 2007. It was cheaper there - $217 for 3 licenses as opposed to $249 in Parramatta. I also paid $20 too much for the Vista upgrade disk. At the moment I'm $9 under budget (my budget to October 2007). I'm still awaiting the last of the March quarter utility bills - the one for electricity. I will receive bank interest as the end of March. The Interest covers common utiliities - water, electricity and telephone (line needed for broadband).

I've things I want to do before getting stuck back into Momentum Oscillators and Technical Analysis.