ReBirth 2.0.1 System Requirements Windows

PC with 90 Mhz or faster Pentium compatible processor
16 MB of RAM or more
CD-ROM drive
Windows 98/98/NT/2000, XP or later
256 color monitor (or better), 640x480 or larger
16-bit Windows compatible audio card, preferably with an ASIO or DirectX driver.
For synchronization to external devices, a MIDI interface is required.

Audio card drivers - Windows

There are three ways for Windows to access an audio card:

Via an MME (MultiMedia Extensions) driver

This system has been around since Windows 3.0, and it is this type of driver that is normally installed in the Control Panel and via Plug'n'Play. Most regular sound playback (like when Windows goes "bing" on startup) happens via MME.

- Practically all cards come with an MME driver. If your card appears in the System part of the Control Panel, you have an MME driver installed.
- Using a card via an MME driver gives you the worst latency figures, especially under Windows 98.
- Only one program at a time can use a card accessed via MME.

Via a DirectX driver

DirectX is a later system developed by Microsoft to provide developers with more efficient routines to access audio.
- Not all cards come with DirectX drivers. However, drivers for some cards are included with DirectX itself.
- Using a card via a DirectX driver gives you a shorter latency, between 40 and 90 milliseconds.
- If you use DirectX 3 or later, all programs that access the card via DirectX and make use of the DirectX "secondary buffer" feature can use it at the same time, and can play in the background.

Note: Only use DirectX if you are sure that there is a "certified" DirectX driver installed for your sound card. If in doubt, contact your audio card vendor to check whether there's a DirectX driver for your card or not.

More information about DirectX can be found on Microsoft's DirectX web pages.

Via an ASIO driver

This is your best option if it is available. More and more audio cards designed for serious music and audio use come with ASIO drivers.
As stated above, ASIO does not guarantee low latency, but it allows for it if the audio card designers take advantage of its possibilities.

- Not all cards come with ASIO drivers. If in doubt, check with the audio card manufacturer.
- Using a card via an ASIO driver can give latency figures as low as 3ms.
- When you use ASIO, only one program at a time can access the card.

More information about ASIO can be found on Steinberg Media Technologies' web pages.

When I launch ReBirth it just quits again with no error message?

This might happen due to various reasons:

Outdated or damaged audio card drivers might trigger computer crashes.
Ensure that you have installed the very latest driver for your audio card.

1. Go to the audio card manufacturer's web site and download the very latest driver version for you audio card and system.

2. Install the driver.

3. Launch ReBirth and select the new sound card driver in the Preferences window.

ReBirth is very sensitive to virus infections. Get the very latest Anti Virus Software (e.g. Norton AV) and scan your computer for viruses. Repair all damaged files.

ReBirth says it can't find the rebirth.dll, but it's there! What's wrong?

ReBirth.dll needs a file called msvcrt.dll, which should be located in the c:/windows/system folder. ReBirth incorrectly reports that rebirth.dll is missing although it's actually mscvrt.dll that's missing.

This file is already present on most systems since a lot of Microsoft applications install it on the system. It's included with later versions of Windows95 and the recent Win95 service packs, and it's also included with Microsoft98.

However, if you have a really old version of Windows95 and you haven't installed a lot of stuff on your computer yet, it's possible that you don't have this file. In that case go to Microsoft and get it, put it in the c:windowssystem folder - and ReBirth should run fine.

The ReBirth 2.0 upgrade asks for the 1.5 CD several times, not just the first time?

This is an annoying problem in ReBirth 2.0. The problem goes away if you install 2.0.1.You might as well upgrade since it's free! Uninstall ReBirth 1.5/2.0 before proceeding with the ReBirth 2.0.1 installation.

When attempting to launch ReBirth I just get the splash screen, and the computer stalls?

- You have a Virtual CD driver installed. We have found that Virtual CD (a small program that 'tricks' your computer into believing that a part of your hard disk is a CD-ROM drive) conflicts with ReBirth, you can't get ReBirth to run if you have it installed. Uninstalling Virtual CD won't do the trick, however, since it's still there in the Windows registry, from which it must be completely removed before ReBirth will run.

- Your computer is too slow! This problem is very difficult to identify, since it relates to so many factors. The clock frequency is not the only thing; some can get ReBirth to run OK on a Pentium 90 while others say that it hardly works on a Pentium 166MMX. You may have peripherals, odd system extensions or inefficient sound drivers that slow the system down.

- The Yamaha SoftSynth is installed. Due to unknown reasons, both Propellerhead and Yamaha have investigated this - these programs, or parts thereof, conflict with each other and if you have the SoftSynth installed ReBirth just won't run.
I can't select my soundcard in the ReBirth Preferences window, the select audio driver drop-down menu is blank?

You are attempting to select an audio card driver which is either unsupported by Windows, or by ReBirth.

You must use a 16-bit/44.1 kHz audio card. 8-bit cards, e.g. the Soundblaster Pro, don't work since ReBirth is a 32-bit application with 16-bit audio output!

Your card is not properly configured or installed - maybe you are using some kind of custom driver from the manufacturer. All drivers are not 100% compatible with all versions of Windows, and consequently not with ReBirth.
I get distorted graphics on the 303 knobs?

Most likely you are the proud owner of a Matrox Video card, either Mystique or Millennium, and you have the MGA PowerDesk installed. The Mystique/Millennium driver includes something called "bitmap caching", a way of accelerating the graphics slightly by keeping recently displayed images in a cache memory. This seems to mess up certain graphics on the 303 panels, and is not caused by a bug in ReBirth.

To solve this problem temporarily, try opening the MGA PowerDesk and switch off bitmap caching by right-clicking somewhere on your desktop (not in an open window) and select Properties, MGA Settings, Advanced, Performance, and uncheck 'Use Device Bitmaps caching'.

We have not been able to pinpoint the exact problem, all we know is that it occurs with certain combinations of DirectX versions, MGA driver versions and MGA BIOS versions.

When I try to use ReBirth together with my audio sequencer program, ReBirth "steals" the soundcard?

MME drivers and ASIO drivers are so called "single-client drivers", i.e. only one application can address the audio card driver at once.

ReBirth can use either ASIO, MME or Microsoft's driver called DirectSound (part of DirectX) drivers for sound playback. DirectX supposedly allows multiple applications to share the same audio card.

When launching ReBirth along with Cubase 5.0, my computer freezes?

This is due to some kind of incompatibility between Cubase 5.0 and ReBirth. We do not know exactly why but there is a workaround:

1. Launch Cubase
2. Open the ReWire Panel.
3. Switch off the Mix L/R channels (and any other channels) that are activated.
4. Switch them on again.
5. Now, launch ReBirth.

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