There are a few steps necessary to make the parallel port on Windows 2000 or XP compatable with parallel port MIDI interfaces. Here’s how:
1. If you haven’t already downloaded the Windows 2000 / XP drivers for your interface, you’ll need to get them from http://www.motu.com. These will fit on a floppy disk or on your hard drive.
2. Then, Right-Click MY COMPUTER, select PROPERTIES.
Select the HARDWARE tab, and DEVICE MANAGER and go to Ports (COM & LPT).
Double-click on Printer Port (LPT1), go to Port Settings, select Use any interrupt assigned to this port and Enable lagacy plug and play detection, hit OK.
3. If the Parallel Port says ECP Parallel Port, the mode must be set in your computer’s BIOS to EPP (default is ECP.)
To get into your computer’s BIOS, you’ll need to reboot (or turn on) the machine. Immediately when you see the bootup logo or memory/hard drive check, press the appropriate key (which varies from computer to computer – check your computer’s documentation if you’re unsure) until it enters the setup. This will be before Windows boots, and typically it only waits for 1-2 seconds for you to press the key. The most likely keys are DEL, F1, and F2, but could also be any of the F-keys (you can usually press multiple keys at the same time if you’re unsure.) Within the BIOS, you should select Integrated Perhiperals. If you don’t see this option, try Advanced, and within this menu, look for I/O Configuration, Perhiperal Configuration, or something of the like- it varys from system to system. This is where you’ll change the parallel port mode if you are using a parallel port midi interface. Then follow on-screen instructions on how to exit and save changes.
4. Legacy SoundBlaster emulation:
It is known that many Soundblaster cards will share the parallel port IRQ without telling you.
Right-Click MY COMPUTER, select PROPERTIES.
Select the HARDWARE tab, and DEVICE MANAGER and look for Creative Misc. Devices.
If found, double-click anything that says Legacy Emulation, and checkmark the Disable. Hit OK.
If not found, check in your Sound, Video, and Game controllers for anything that says Legacy Emulation or Legacy Audio and disable that.