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A hotfix rollup for the USB audio driver is available for Windows Vista-based and Windows Server 2008-based computers

This article describes a hotfix rollup for the USB audio driver, Usbaudio.sys, for Windows Vista-based and Windows Server 2008-based computers. This hotfix rollup fixes several problems and provides some improvements for the USB audio driver.

This hotfix rollup fixes the following problems:

  • Some legacy USB MIDI devices do not appear in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008. These USB MIDI devices correctly appear in Windows XP.
  • Some USB Audio devices display incorrect device names.
  • In a USB Audio device, you cannot select the output source of a multiplexer (MUX) processing unit.
  • A USB Audio device does not log to the same location as the Audio engine does.
  • Surprise removal of a USB Audio device causes an application to stop responding or to use 100% of the CPU.
  • The USB Audio driver incorrectly maps the center frequency to an incorrect value.
  • The USB Audio driver cannot set a specific mode for a processing unit node.

This hotfix rollup includes the following improvements:

  • The USB Bus drive can store a device startup failure.
  • The USB device can save and restore the MIDI Processing Unit (MPU) state.
  • The USB Audio driver can lock the AVStream queue on entry to standby or on exit from standby.
  • The process for determining whether a USB Audio device is a communications device has been refined.
There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB944681.

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