|MIDIMAN MIDISPORT 8x8 (M-AUDIO) |
This article deals with driver install problems showing up when firmware out of date is running on this MIDI hub. To correct the problem, the firmware upgrade procedure to version 1.21 is described further.
I bought this USB MIDI box some time ago and so far I was satisfied with it. It is probably one of the best MIDI hubs available out there. It is produced under the name 'MIDIMAN' one of M-AUDIO logos owned by .
Here are the features for this box as presented by manufacturer:
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My satisfaction didn't come trouble free, as I found later that I could not update to the latest drivers with my box. When I tried the driver update although the USB connection was detected, the driver/installer was not detecting properly the MIDI device. The problem lies with the USB driver named 'Midiman USB MidiSport 8x8/s Loader'. This driver loads-up and enables the USB interface to communicate with the MIDISPORT 8x8 box. Then the system will detect the MIDI devices on the box and will install the required MIDI multimedia driver for Windows. This should had happened at the install time for later drivers starting with version 4.1.15. But because my box had an old firmware that didn't provide the kind of support required by this procedure, the install did not complete and the multimedia MIDI driver did not show up in the device list. The only driver supported with my box was version 1.08 but nothing released after.
I contacted M-AUDIO and they asked at first if my W2K OS got the latest service pack installed and other small details computer/OS related which may cause the driver installation to fail. After that, they recommended to do a complete manual un-install as per the following procedure:
This procedure will troubleshoot usually faulty driver installations cleaning the system of older driver components. But when this procedure didn't produce the results I realized that the hardware was troublesome. I explained my worry to M-AUDIO tech-support and they finally agreed that the problem lies with the hardware and not with the installation. They recommended a firmware upgrade and asked me to get in touch with their repair department. The Repairs asked me if I want to send over the unit for firmware update or as an alternative if I can replace the firmware chips myself. I live in Canada and I preferred to replace the chips myself. I do everything to avoid shipping costs, delays and customs paperwork. From my experience it was a trivial thing to pull two EPROMs out of their sockets and replace them with new ones. I asked Repairs to mail me the new firmware which they did. The whole thing since first time reported until I got the upgrade chips took about a month. The EPROMs inside the unit and the ones mailed were in reality EEPROMS (Electrical Erasable PROMS) which allow re-programming of the device without extraction from their socket or UV exposure. Too bad M-AUDIO didn't take under consideration when they designed the unit to provide an end user application that would update the firmware through MIDI, USB or serial interface. After I read the data from my old EEPROMS I found that the previous firmware version was 1.05. The version that I received with the EEPROMs is 1.21.
Once the new EPROMs were in place and after I've cleaned off my system of the older v1.08 driver following the above procedure the new driver was installed in no time.
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If you are experiencing the problem described and you are knowledgeable with hardware and EPROM programming then the next procedure is for you, otherwise take my advice and contact M-AUDIO for help.
If you decide this is a DIY job, then you must understand this is also a job you will have to do on your own risk. I cannot be and will not be held responsible for any damage you may do to your equipment as a result of your actions. If you are not sure, your first option should be to contact M-AUDIO. They have a great customer support and it might be worth the time to wait until the EPROMs will be delivered to your door or the unit will be upgraded by supplier.
This being said, the following is what you need to have the job done:
You can email me with your questions. I will try to answer in the limit of my free time.
Last update December 8, 2003
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