I know how you feel man. Its frustrating. My M Audio Oxygen used go shut off on me randomly whenever my nanopad was plugged in after a certain amount of time. My best advice is:
1. Make sure you have installed the newest drivers for EVERY controller if they exist.
2. Download Midi Ox and also Maple MIDI ports. Midi Ox is a software midi bridge that allows lots of flexibility between your midi devices and the computer.
-It also lets you monitor all of your midi activity.
-Maple is a set of virtual midi ports that let you connect many inputs to a single output.
3. Either update to Windows 7 or downgrade to XP. I use win7 and dont recall having very many midi problems. Vista is not the business for anything that requires reliability.
I'm continuously pissed off by the way that my various USB midi controllers turn up or don't, or get confused, or disappear, on my Vista notebook. Advice needed!
I use Bidule but it isn't Bidule's problem, it is a Windows Vista problem. Does it get better with Window7? are there any tools that I can use to monitor what happens, or to better take care of the USB devices?
I regularly use two Nanokontrols and a Softstep. Sometimes I use a Nanopad, a Nanokey, and an Axon midi converter. I usually load a Bidule first that only consists of Midi monitors so that I can see which devices work and which don't, so that I can unplug/replug them.
Some of the symptoms are
- the Softstep sometimes disappears. I have to unplug and replug it to come up again. Today it refuses to show up even though Windows makes a recognize sound when I plug it it.
- the various Nano devices get mixed up often, or don't all show up.
- when plugging them into different ports, everything gets mixed up
This is driving me nuts. I can't believe there is no remedy for this (and no, I don't want Apple products :)