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Curiousity vs. the Cat, Round 1

Windows Update told me the other day there were new drivers available for the soundcard which comes built into my motherboard. I'm really not sure why I cared, given that I've got probably $700 invested in upgrades beyond the onboard chip, so the only part of it I'm actually still using is the MIDI interface. But I gave in to curiousity. Why would they release a new driver beyond the one that ships with Windows? That has to mean something's wrong with the old one, right? Reeplacing it can only stabilize things further.

So, I went ahead and installed it. And midway through the process, it decided it really wanted a file from my Windows CD. But, near as I can tell, the file isn't actually on my Windows CD. (It found precopy1.cab, but no luck on whatever it was looking for inside of that) Spent a few minutes trying to reason with it, and eventually told it to go ahead and skip the file. Installation completed, and everything seemed to be fine.

Long story short, I don't have a MIDI interface anymore.

Several options present themselves:
  1. Dig up and organize all of my CDs, hopefully finding a different one to try.
  2. Upgrade to WinXP and see how often the beta version of my music software crashes.
  3. Give up on MIDI, throw away my keyboard equipment, and program music via mouse and keyboard.
  4. Give up on music, throw away my computer, and go back to drawing on cave walls.
  5. Go back to sleep, and hope the problem fixes itself.

I figured I'd start with that last one and maybe work backwards through the list.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2002 02:10 pm (UTC)
Go back?
When did you ever do cave paintings?

Jan. 1st, 2002 05:59 pm (UTC)
It's been a few years.
Well, not me personally. But my people have a proud cultural heritage of drawing on walls and killing with our hands.
Jan. 1st, 2002 06:14 pm (UTC)
Who are your people?
Proud? How many people do you actually know who are proud of our Cro-Magnon heritage. It seems to me like most people try their best to deny our ancient ancestors...

Jan. 2nd, 2002 12:54 am (UTC)
I am.
You trivialize my vicarius ancestral triumphs? I kill you with my hands!

I mean, think about it. Fire? That was a pretty big thing. The wheel? Us again. How 'bout clothing? You're probably wearing some right now. And is that a constructed shelter you dwell in? I could go on and on.

And look at where we came from! We didn't have fire, or the wheel, or any of those things. People take for granted that it must have been easy to invent them, but you try it sometime when that stuff has never existed before.

It's their prerogative if people want to deny their ancestors. Maybe they don't need roots. But come on! What's not to honor and take pride in?
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