MF Classic Board 4314 - sending SysEx, MF Utility doesn't see it
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    Default MF Classic Board 4314 - sending SysEx, MF Utility doesn't see it

    Hey folks - your favorite old MIDI Fighter addict again. I got my hands on yet another MF Classic (Board #4314 if anyone is keeping track) and I plugged it in to my computer and yay snake lights. But! The MIDI Fighter Utility (Mac, v. 2.85) doesn't see it. I used the by-the-buttons menus mode to get it out of FourBanks Internal mode and back into Default mode, and then plugged it back in and ran MIDI Monitor to see if there's any life in the board. Well there is - but a form of life I'm not used to. MIDI Monitor identifies it as "MIDI Fighter Classic" (which is in itself interesting as my nearest comparison unit, Board #1401, is seen as "MIDI Fighter"), and then about once a second it shows that the MIDI Fighter Classic is sending a SysEx message: "Universal Non-Real Time 17 bytes F0 7E 7F 06 02 00 01 79 01 00 00 00 20 12 04 18 F7" -- I'm not seeing an option via the internal menu system to transmit or stop transmitting SysEx messages. I checked and the external digital and analog points are turned off. I'm guessing this SysEx transmission is what's keeping the MF Utility from seeing it, but I may be wrong.

    Has anyone else run into this kind of behavior? How did you resolve it? Thanks as always!

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    OK, I fixed the sysex transmission issue by using the old MFUpdate application to flash the unit with midifighter-20110511.hex. The unit transmits all the proper MIDI messages when I press the buttons so that's good - but the new MIDI Fighter Utility still doesn't see it. So this puts me in the same spot I'm in with my MIDI Fighter Pro (for those following that thread as well). Is there a firmware hex file out there that's more recent than 20110511 that the MIDI Fighter Utility will recognize? I'd really like to manage these units using that program.

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