Win7 is simply the way to go :)
Vista is notoriously for this. My wife's PC has Vista and she's constantly complaining that her camera doesn't show up when she plugs it in. I never have problems with any of it on WIndows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit).
On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Michael Peters <email@example.com> wrote:
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 :)