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Windows setup guidance for total newb?

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Joined: 01/11/2012

Been a longtime member here, coming back from time to time, but going away frustrated after hours of trying to put this whole midi thing together. I have a PhD in electrical engineering but I cannot figure all this out to save my life.

I have a Windows laptop with a USB Uno Midi Interface and I'd like to be able to play my drum machine, capture the midi file from it, tweak it, and then be able to play the loops later, ideally during a performance.

My laptop plays audio clips and midi files fine, so I installed Hydrogen 0.9.7b3, and it gave me ""Error starting Audio Driver" upon startup. In the preferences, my choices for the drvier are Auto, Jack, PortAudio. Never heard of them. So I installed PortAudio and Jack, and now when I run Jack PortAudio, I at least get an icon in my system tray!!!

That's as far as I can get. What do I need to do to get the audio driver problem fixed? Is there any tutorial on setting up your Windows computer to be able to do this midi thing? Obviously for the Linux guys, this must all be relatively a piece of cake. But us Windows morons need a bit more guidance, cause like I said: I really don't know Jack!