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can't select a midi playback device

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We noticed midi sounds stopped playng and the volume icon is gone from the task bar,
I looked in control panel sounds audio and see there was nothing selected for midi playback, so I selected SoundMAX (My ThinkCenter has on board SoundMAX sound) and press apply. but when I leave and come back the selection is gone.

So I ensured I have the latest bios and no updates needed from lenovo, downloaded the latest soundmax driver (from like 2005).. updated the driver , no luck. uninstalled the driver and reinstalled and no luck.

device manager doesn't show any yellow icons next to these devices listed under sound:
Audio Codecs
Legacy Audio Drivers
Legacy Video Capture Devices
Media Control Devices
Video Codecs

So I thought maybe SoundMAX had stopped working, so I went out and got a creative soundblaster card, uninstalled the SoundMAX s/w, shut down, installed the new sound card, booted the bios and turned Audio on the MB off, booted XP SP3, installed the creative s/w .. and same thing, it won't let me choose a midi playback device...

any ideas what I can do to fix this?

I went into msconfig and did a clean boot and it still didn't work, so I don't think its a s/w program .. but could it be a driver someplace?

Edited by jamiek, 02 September 2009 - 08:28 PM.

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