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#674754 - 04/10/08 10:14 AM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how?
polliccio Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 62
Loc: Milan, Italy
I suggest you to ask them how to check if the kawai driver is correctly installaed. I suspect that the problem may be there...
Stefano
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#674755 - 04/10/08 10:20 AM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how?
cruiser Offline
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Registered: 02/19/07
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Loc: Cornwall, England
 Quote:
Originally posted by polliccio:
I suggest you to ask them how to check if the kawai driver is correctly installaed. I suspect that the problem may be there...
Stefano [/b]
Thanks Stefano, I'll do that \:\)

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#674756 - 04/11/08 05:34 AM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how?
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Originally posted by mahlzeit:
How about if you try another program like SSB suggested? Maybe www.vanbasco.com ? [/b]
Just installed this - cheers for the link!
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#674757 - 04/11/08 08:47 AM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how?
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Registered: 02/19/07
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Loc: Cornwall, England
While I'm waiting for a reply from Kawai Tech Support, can someone please tell me how I can check to see if the Kawai USB-MIDI driver I downloaded is installed and working properly? I can find no mention of the driver anywhere in Control Panel.

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#674758 - 04/12/08 01:37 AM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how?
polliccio Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 62
Loc: Milan, Italy
Cruser,
i'm pretty sure the driver was not installed on my xp laptop!
If you are a little bit familiar with XP you may try this:
1) form start menu chose run eand type regedit.
2) Click on the first item (to be sure you run serach from the top).
3) use ctrl F keys to find kawai string. If you don't fint it your driver are not prperly installed.
4) Close regedit
Warning: regedit is the registry editor and you may cause serious damage to the OS if you try to alter contens!

Yesterday i made a little progress on my XP: I opened the control panel system and disabled the USB Speaker Driver appeared after connecting my CA91. Then i made a right click on the disabled items and chose "upgrade driver". In the driver form i selected to specify manually the driver path and entered the directory where i unzipped CA91 usb drievrs.
After that my XP recognized the Kawai drivers! I can see it in the control panel and the serach in regedit is ok.
I Hope this may help you in some way.
Pls let me know if you have any news from kawai.
Stefano

PS: I will be overseas until friday and i'm not sure i will be able to access to the forum..
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#674759 - 02/16/09 09:40 AM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how?
swiss_cheese Offline
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Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 2
@cruiser: did it finally work?

I have the same problem with a Dell Latitude D620, Windows XP Prof and KAWAI MP8-II. When I plug the USB cable in the stage piano, it is recognized by Windows and added as Audio-USB-Midi Device but I can't neither select as MIDI-Output Device nor as MIDI Device in Sampler Software...

I guess it is a Windows problem... any ideas? would be a great help... thanks

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#674760 - 02/16/09 03:00 PM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how?
Horwinkle Offline
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Registered: 09/22/08
Posts: 1011
On my laptop, with the Clavinova USB cable NOT plugged in, this is what my "Sounds and Audio Devices" panel looks like. This is the Audio tab:


Then, if I close that panel, plug in the USB cable, and restart that panel, it looks like this:


Notice that I have a choice of the built-in sound card or the Clavinova.

What does yours look like?

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#674761 - 02/17/09 07:11 AM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how?
swiss_cheese Offline
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Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 2
thank you for reply.

I tried so many things and I'm not a windows/pc newbie... it's desperate...

when I connect the USB to the laptop (and yes, I tried all ports) I see that windows recognizes an Audio-MIDI-USB-whatever device. I also see it in the hardware device manager and the driver is ok.

I also installed the KAWAI USB Driver and updated the generic Windows USB MIDI driver with this one. Always with the same result:

I can't select the Kawai MP8-II as a MIDI Device. Therefore I see only "Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth". At every combination of drivers and USB ports it never appeared something else than this SW Synth.

So my guess is that Windows loads the USB driver correctly but then it doesn't recognize somehow, that this device is also MIDI enabled somehow...

I searched in google and found a lot of stuff but nothing solved the problem. I also updated the soundcard driver of the laptop (SigmaTel) but still no luck.

Meanwhile I guess it's hopeless... I will have to buy an external MIDI Soundcard with built-in MIDI interface...

If anyone has a hint, would be great...

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#1196076 - 05/09/09 09:03 AM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how? [Re: swiss_cheese]
aaronchili Offline
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Registered: 05/09/09
Posts: 1
Half a year late on this reply, but hopefully help someone else down the road...

While trying to fix the same problem, I found this thread - then figured out how to fix it myself based on something someone else suggested.

I have a CN4, and WinXP - connecting via USB.
CN4 was recognized only as a generic USB Audio Device because it loaded automatically with the generic Windows driver.
No Add hardware dialogue - the system said a generic USB audio device was found and then immediately followed by new hardware successfully installed and ready to use.

In Device Manager - right click USB Audio device, and update driver.
No to checking for updates through Windows update.
Install from list or specific location, then...
Don't search, I will choose the driver.

If you've already installed the Kawai-USB driver on your computer, the Kawai driver should be in the list of available drivers in the following window.
Select the Kawai driver, install, and then check Device Manager again to be sure. Should show up as Kawai USB etc.

Good luck!

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#1198796 - 05/13/09 10:08 PM Re: Connecting Kawai CA 91 to PC via USB/MIDI - how? [Re: aaronchili]
SPOFF Offline
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Registered: 12/31/07
Posts: 72
Loc: Derry NH
Two more thoughts to add to a year-old thread. (Too bad I didn't see this a year ago when I fixed these problems on my MP-8.) The first thing I learned is that if your computer is old and only has USB 1.1, it will not work. The Kawai won't see it. Also, if your XP computer is updated to Service Pack 2 or 3 you shouldn't need the Kawai drivers. Microsoft's native USB MIDI driver will run the keyboard just fine (at least on my 8-year old laptop).

Finally, if you fuss too long loading/unloading MIDI devices and drivers you will thoroughly trash the MIDI drivers with multiple conflicting entries in the Registry. A useful free utility I've found is MidiFixUtil.EXE. (It's pretty easy to find on the Internet.) It apparently was written years ago by a hardware vendor that was having driver problems. What it does is wipe all existing MIDI drivers off the PC and resets the registry to the default values. Then you can boot the computer, plug in the USB cable running to the keyboard, and let Windows find and install the device from scratch.

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