Installing miracle dos software in winxp or 2000 - Working around install problems

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Postby Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Ed » Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:00 am

Several visitors have reported that the installation program for DOS Miracle stops at the point of testing the keyboard connection when the serial cable provided with the Miracle DOS is used on a computer with Windows 2000 or XP as the operating system.

The reason the Miracle install program is stalling is that Windows 2000 and Windows XP do not permit direct writes to the hardware (i.e. serial port in this case) of the sort that the Miracle DOS software uses to communicate with the keyboard via a serial cable. However, you can work around this. During the Miracle install, when it asks to test the serial port connection, either tell it no or keep telling it to test repeatedly. In the latter eventuality, the program will get "frustrated" after a while and ask if you want to proceed without testing. Tell it yes. The program will them install to completion, assuming there are no other problems. Then go to your Miracle program shortcut, right click on the Miracle shortcut, and select Properties from the popup menu. This will bring up a tabbed display. Go to the Compatibility tab and check the Compatibility mode box. Choose Windows 95 compatibility mode. Then click on OK to exit this. Now try to run the Miracle.

With luck, you may now have the computer talking to the keyboard. If not go back to the Miracle shortcut, right click again to bring up the context menu., choose Properties again and select the Shortcut tab. Click on the Advanced ... button. Check the Run in separate memory space box, then OK out of all these windows and try again.

By the way, chances are good that you will see garbage characters on some of the Miracle menus after you get it running. This is due to the fact that a font used by the Miracle is no longer supported on modern graphics cards. Fortunately, there is a fix for this described on our Miracle FAQ page as a "font fixer." Miracle Piano FAQ

Of course, as we've said in our Miracle FAQ, it's generally much easier to get the DOS Miracle to work under Windows if you use a MIDI cable. Then Windows takes care of communicating to keyboard.
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