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Connecting MIDI Wireline to Laptop Computer
By Norm Gibson

I have just finished my band organ.  It has 97 wooden pipes in 6 ranks
and sounds great.

I am using my home computer to send the MIDI message to the organs MIDI
boards.  I purchased an IBM ThinkPad Compaq LTE 5380 Laptop computer to
use on the organ.  That did not work.

I found out first that the ports on laptops are only serial and not
designed for MIDI signals out.  I than contacted a company, MIDIator
Systems, that makes a small converter which goes in-line so laptops can
work.  Problem is, if you have an older laptop you do not have a serial
port which is fast enough to make it work (e.g., type 16550 buffered
serial port).  So, since I do not have a fast enough serial port all of
my efforts have failed.

I need help!  What are others using?  How expensive a laptop do I need?
I still have the MIDIator Systems (MS-101) unit; can I find a laptop so
I can take the organ out of the house?

Norm Gibson

 [ See  -- Robbie

(Message sent Thu 5 Apr 2001, 00:29:14 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Computer, Connecting, Laptop, MIDI, Wireline

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