and Browser Help
Several of the pages at this site are MIDI enhanced.
If you are not hearing background music on the home page and the
other primary pages at this site:
1. Turn on your speakers
and check the volume. (DOH! It could happen!)
Be sure that "sound out" is selected in your control
panel or control strip (Mac) rather than "sound in"
for your microphone. Windows users: you're on your own here -
same principle, though.
Check in your browser's "Plug-ins" folder to see if
you have a plug-in that can play MIDI sounds. Netscape 4.0x installs
with the "Live Audio" plug-in. This ought to do the
trick. If it doesn't, QuickTime plug-in 2.0x will certainly fix
the problem. Plus, it's better because it uses streaming technology
which means that the media file can begin playing before it has
completly downloaded. Netscape 4.5 is now available and installs
with the QuickTime plug-in.
MacZilla for Macintosh or Mozilla for Windows will also work,
but you don't need more than one of these. Which ever you choose,
be sure that it will play audio/midi, audio/x-midi, and audio/x-mid
files. Note that all of the above applies to Internet Explorer
4x, too. (Just install QuickTime!)
AOL users: You have undoubtly been getting an error message at
the top of the MIDI enhanced pages, and may have been sent to
AOL's plug-in page. AOL doesn't think that they have a plug-in
for MIDI files, but the QuickTime plug-in does indeed work! Just
put it in the "Plug-ins" folder. (And then write a letter
to Steve Case, explaining all of this to AOL.)
You also definitely want to upgrade to the newest versions of
AOL - v. 6 for Windows or v. 5 for Mac. (As of January 13, 2001.)
You Still Don't Hear the MIDIs:
Check your browser's applications settings. Netscape: Edit >
Preferences > Navigator > Applications. Look for the file
type "audio/midi" and choose QuickTime. IE uses similar
procedure, and you shouldn't have to do anything to AOL.
The file hierarchy above is Macintosh; Windows is "Options",
6. Make sure that you have
allotted your browser sufficient memory, and that you have given
the browser cache enough memory, too.