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Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« on: December 17, 2017, 12:28:33 PM »
For Windows 3.1/95/98/98SE/WinME but not compatible with XP

Trying to install this on my Win98SE machine and can't find the right driver. Downloaded the recommended one from the midiman / m-audio website but as far as I can tell it's for another interface (PC/P), and seems to be missing files.

I'm going to keep digging online but would appreciate any leads!
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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 Midi interface
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2017, 01:02:47 PM »
These:

http://www.treiberupdate.de/treiber-download/download-45729-treiber-MIDIMAN-Portman2x4Parallelport-MIDI-Interface2MIDIEin.html

Don't work... they look like they contain the right driver, but pointing windows to the inf file provided results in the PCS (serial port) driver being installed

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 Midi interface
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2017, 03:17:33 PM »
Downloaded the recommended one from the midiman / m-audio website but as far as I can tell it's for another interface (PC/P), and seems to be missing files.

Turns out it wasn't missing files. In fact, I had failed to copy a couple of hidden files.

I still haven't managed to get it to work though. I'm pretty sure it's the wrong driver - doesn't seem to support more than a single in and out port (which is correct for the PC/P, but not the 2x4).

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 Midi interface
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 02:33:53 PM »
Still no luck finding the right drivers for this.

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 Midi interface
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 04:45:23 AM »
hey i didnt notice that there was no driver available for this interface
i will try to help track them down

please see this thread:
http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,2757

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 Midi interface
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018, 08:45:21 PM »
http://web.archive.org/web/20010616013809/http://www.midiman.net:80/download/drivers/port2x4.exe

download this file
its most likely compatible with windows 95 only though, because its from 1996
it might work with win98se..
make sure you set your parallel port to EPP mode in the bios



seems to be driver version 3.1

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 Midi interface
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2018, 03:32:14 AM »
I have one of these, works on Win98se just fine but not on XP. I have the cd that comes with the unit, I will upload the entire contents for all to get. The cd contains many more drivers, manuals, here's from the readme.txt file:

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Midiman Drivers CD Folder Contents

The drivers are categorized by Series Folders, then by Operating System.

Operating System Acronyms

   W9X    for Windows 95/98/
   ME   for Windows ME
   W2K     for Windows 2000
   NT   for Windows NT
   MAC    for Macintosh

Biport 2X4

Dman Series
   Dman
   Dman PCI
   Dman 2044

Delta Series
   Delta 1010
   Delta 66
   Delta 44
   Delta AudioPhile 2496
   Delta Dio 2496

Lagoon

MidiLink

MidiSport Series
   MidiSport 1X1
   MidiSport 2X2
   MidiSport 4X4
   MidiSport 8X8
   
Portman Series
   Portman PCP
   Portman PCS
   Portman 4X4
   Portman 2X4

Winman Series
   Winman 1X1
   Winman 2X2
   Winman 4X4
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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 Midi interface
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2018, 10:47:58 AM »
thank you for your assistance Shiney!
i have the winman 4x4 and the portman 4x4/s
both of which came with 3.5" diskettes not cds for the drivers

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2022, 06:45:33 AM »
If anyone is still interested, I have what I believe to be the original W95 & W98 combined driver set.
 
I believe I bought my 2x4 in 99.

The .inf and w98 files are dated Oct98.

I also have an XP version which worked in my (then) setup.


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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2022, 09:16:13 PM »
Hello,
is there a link to some win 3.x drivers for this interface by any chance?

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2022, 04:51:59 PM »
is there a link to some win 3.x drivers for this interface by any chance?

You can get the old drivers and manuals from the Midiman Germany website backup at webarchive.org

https://web.archive.org/web/20021216082704/http://www.midiman.de/d_port.htm

The attached pm24_20.exe can be opened with 7-Zip or WinRAR.

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2023, 09:55:04 PM »
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   W2K     for Windows 2000
it says the portman 2x4 has a windows 2000 driver.. then that probably would work on XP? wouldnt it?  8)

https://avid.secure.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/FAQ/en403989?retURL=%2Fpkb%2Farticles%2Fen_US%2Ffaq%2Fen400445&popup=true
but this page says
The Portman series is not supported under Windows 2000 or XP.

so the win2k W2k dir must be for something else other than the portman

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2023, 09:07:31 AM »
Hi all :)

This is what i believe to be the XP driver.
The file is dated 23July2005.
I still have an XP setup, so when I have chance, I'll try to find my 2x4 and see if it works.
I recall I changed to Opcode and Miditerminal ... for greater I/O ... and possibly, for more stable sysex.
Looking back, it's hard to believe how costly such interfaces were.

ATB, jtl

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2023, 07:42:56 PM »
i have a portman 4x4 but not 2x4
i checked the files int he archive that you posted and they are dated from 1996..
so theres no way thats an XP driver.. its just a win95-win98 driver

windows xp didnt get released untill after 9/11
the date has to be after October 2001 for it to be a real XP driver
but thank you for your efforts

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2023, 09:55:49 AM »
Thanks Chris :)

Sincere apologies ...
I can't imagine how I came to wrongly label the original folder as "XP" ... though I surely recall there were beta XP drivers for the Portmans ... somewhere ... :)
 
Thereafter, I changed to Opcode 64x & Miditerminal 4140/MTS64 on-going.
I abandoned Opcode for sysx problems with the beta XP driver; though, I still have my pair of 64x.

I've long used ESI/Miditerminal which I've found very reliable and good vfm. XP drivers are still available at ESI archive. My fave is the AT010 pci which affords TDIF/R-Bus, ADAT/SPDif & MIDI ... 7ms latency ... near RME spec.

I also have a DR G 6400 which runs driverless via gameport. It has onboard Roland GS compatible. Most MPU401 gameport cards work. I use it in Win 7. Such as C-media still support cheap pci gameport soundcards with Win 7 drivers.

FYI: I've just 'found' my ESI WaMi Box PCMCIA which I used in XP with both a laptop and via desktop PCI-PCMCIA card. I'll never use this again so you can have it for your collection, if you pay shipping. I can no longer test it. It worked properly last time I used it, c 2010. XP drivers/utility are available at ESI.

ATB, jtl.




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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2023, 03:46:38 PM »
its possbile someone figured out how to get it to work with the old driver...
but the portman series never got a real xp driver or 64bit windows driver as far as i know?

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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2023, 05:43:35 PM »
Yes, I think that's the truth.

There are usually some good techs on the inside that keep such a product going; at least, for their own benefit. Usually, their mods filter out through the forums. I guess I found something that worked and lost it. I've searched through all my Midiman archive and some of the 2x4 inf's seem to have been modified. Without closely examining every file I can't add more.

Incidentally, the best inside tech I've encountered (TekkHedd) saved my much-loved SeaSound for useful work to this day, by writing XP drivers after Oberheim ended production. He did so as a genuine project hoping for proper support ... which never came.

I owe him a beer ... :)

Is he here ?

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2023, 04:40:01 PM »
thats kind of similar to why i started THIS site.. because i got ripped off buying a mackie onyx-i mixer thinking it would be able to run pro tools m-powered 8 so i bought the software seperately and was left with a combination of gear/software that was incompatible after being assured that it was.... that combined with the general overall lack of consistant proper support by any of the audio companies except for maybe motu

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Re: Midiman Portman 2x4 pc parallel Midi interface
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2023, 07:37:59 PM »
It's one of my fave sites ... Thanx again Chris :)

I had some bad experience too ... worst, being suckered into a VS1680ex at launch for a ridiculous 2k+ sum, with CDRW extra 400+, 2nd FX board likewise, plus a 4Gb HD for another 400 ... only to later find I needed to upgrade the Fw ... and having been led to believe from the outset I could connect it via SCSI to any PC ... I even bought the Datasonics software for another chunk ... and used it only a handful ... :)

Within a short while I was so disappointed by its inaccesibility and relatively poor quality I put it all out of mind in the loft (still there). Worse, I still grieve I traded my fave Beyer M500 ribbon to raise the cash.

On-going since, I've been quite fortunate, unlike a pal that bought one of the first DB8's for 15k and suffered endlessly for years.

My mainstays are classic RME and Mixtreme. Remarkably, both were supported to Win 7. RME only 32bit, but Mixtreme 192 64bit by SSL.

I'm very happy at that level. I'm never going to support "Windows as a service". I'm ruling out W10/11+ forever. I'm done with MS intrusive evolution.

I'm planning a project studio around XP/Win7 ...
Finding the right system boards with several PCI slots is hard.
Where's best to post info/suggestion requests in here ?

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