USB midi input device


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Jarek Czekalski

Hello

I've bought recently MIDI keyboard with the USB plug. Vendor claims it's
"USB complaint" (or something :) ). And obviously it is, because works
fine on XP Home and Linux.

Why doesn't it work on Windows 2000 Professional?

When I plug the keyboard OS detects it (Hua Xing) and installs the
driver "Composite USB Device" (PL: Urzadzenie kompozytowe USB).
Unfortunately in Device Manager it has this yellow sign meaning: doesn't
work.

I have W2K SP4, automatically updated. Tried even this KB888111 hotfix.
All without success. Other USB devices work without problems. No other
yellow exclamation marks in DM.

Thanks in advance for the answer.

Jarek
 
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Jarek Czekalski

Bob said:
Did the manufacturer claim it was Windows 2000 compatible?

They claimed "Plug'n'play for Windows XP and Mac"

In docs they say the driver is needed for W2K and that the driver is on
attached CD. No such CD. No answer from miditech.de and nothing helpful
from the local seller. Looks like they don't have the driver for W2K.

As far as I know such a device cannot be "Windows 2000 compatible"
because Windows 2000 is unable to be compatible with such devices.
That's my question to Microsofts' experts.

Why is each manufacturer forced to create their own driver for Windows
2000? Let Microsoft write one universal driver for USB midi input
device, as it works with USB audio device (like USB speakers).

Jarek
 
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Bob I

The hardware manufacturer must either build THEIR hardware to USE a
default generic "driver" that comes with the operating operating system
OR they must SUPPLY the driver that makes their hardware work with the
operating system. Operating system manufacturers don't write drivers for
each and every piece of hardware that somebody decides to produce. Since
Windows 2000 is past the support stage you will likely never see
anything new produced that requires any drivers to be written for it to
work properly.
 
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Jarek Czekalski

I'm not talking of nothing NEW. This keyboard follows USB rules which
can be read at usb.org (e.g.
http://www.usb.org/developers/devclass_docs/midi10.pdf).

From what I read and from my own experience comes a conclusion:

Windows 2000 doesn't fully support USB standard.

I can't find anyone to confirm this or deny. Even on this this group
which is strange to me.

Jarek
 
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Bob I

The Windows 2000 driver was supposed to be included in the package with
the keyboard. You claim that the CD was not in the package. The fact
that the CD was not shipped to you and you haven't installed it is the
problem. There is NOT a problem with Windows 2000. There is a problem
with acquiring the correct driver from the manufacturer and installing it.
 
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Jarek Czekalski

You still don't get the point. It's not the case of whether they shipped
the cd or not. The case is Windows 2000 doesn't talk USB protocol as XP
or Linux do. And that obiously IS THE PROBLEM with Windows 2000.
Everything else I have already said below.

For a manufacturer it doesn't pay to create the W2K driver as users of
this incomplete system are minority. In my case I'd rather switch to
linux than return the keyboard. But I still hope someone finds a solution.
 

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