Browser & MIDI (MIME type) help — BACHWARE @ BACHWARE.COM 

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.MID is a standard file type on many platforms. This page does not tell you how to set it up for every browser on every platform, only for Mozilla-​type browsers (e.g., Firefox, Netscape) on Windows. If using another platform or browser, consult their documentation to enable MIDI play properly from within your browser. In fact, Mozilla may just query you about what to play it with, anyway, and create its own MIME type on the fly. The steps below are to do this manually if it doesn’t on its own.

If there’s a problem afterwards, you can probably restore your Registry (that’s where user-added MIME types are kept in Windows 95, in HKEY_CURRENT_USER : Software : Netscape : Netscape Navigator : Viewers. I have no idea how it’s stored in Windows 3.x, probably either in the Registration Database or in an .INI — happy hunting). Use the steps in the MIDI-play help screens off the second page in this system

Later versions of Netscape (Mozilla) have a built-in MIDI player (part of LiveAudio) that may satisfy your needs just fine. If so, do nothing; but if you want to use another program (e.g., Media Player, GVox’s [formerly Passport’s] Master Tracks, Midisoft Session, Cakewalk, etc.), read on (this may or may not work — it’s inconsistent on my system):

In Netscape (be careful, for you cannot delete a MIME type once it’s created without editing the Registry I’M NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MONKEY WITH YOUR REGISTRATION DATABASE!!! see bolded key path in the second paragraph, but this is not for the novice):

As with many Registry changes, these may not take full effect until you restart the browser, and maybe even Windows itself. However, for Windows 9x, you don’t necessarily have to do a coldstart: Just select {Ctrl}+{Esc} “Shut Down” and hold down the left {Shift} key while simultaneously selecting “Restart the Computer” and hit {↵Enter} while continuously holding down the {Shift} key. The machine should just restart Windows, not restart the whole machine at POST. This trick doesn’t work with Win2K and later, though.

Merely exiting and restarting the browser may be enough for it to read the Registry and work properly. Try that first.

If it doesn’t work for you, contact Mozilla. They should be able to explain how to override LiveAudio for any MIME type that it normally uses.  Later releases of Mozilla handle MIME types differently, so you’re on your own there…


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