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Re: Edirol/Roland USB legacy driver hack for Windows 10

Postby Guest » Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:46 pm

WOW. Now THIS is why we geeks built the internet.

This guy, "Tímo" posted this (below) solution to a tragic problem that he knew was shared by many of us other geeks out here in the world at large.

Now, more than 5 years later, I am reviving my home recording studio -- here in Denver, CO, USA -- and am just now discovering this problem.

"Tímo" - your taking the time and care to post this well written and detailed set of instructions has saved me literally thousands of dollars in equipment replacement.

I can't thank you enough.

Tímo wrote:Recently purchased a new PC (thanks 3XS) and migrated to Win 10.

Sadly Edirol/Roland do not officially support Win 10 with some of their older USB devices (likely due to costly driver certification?), so was unable to install my previously trusty Edirol UM-3EX 3-in/out MIDI interface. It attempts to install them, gets halfway through, then suddenly states the drivers aren't compatible and automatically launches the uninstall process.

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Other Edirol/Roland products potentially affected:

Audio interfaces:
Cakewalk FA-66 [limited]
EDIROL FA-66 [limited]
FA-101
UA-1EX
UA-25


Midi interfaces:
UM-1/1EX/1S/1SX/1X
UM-2/2C/2E/2EX
UM-3EX
UM-550
UM-880


Midi controller keyboards:
A-500S
PC-50
PCR-30
PCR-50
PCR-80
PCR-M1
PCR-M30
PCR-M50
PCR-M80
PCR-300
PCR-500
PCR-800


V-Studio:
V-STUDIO 20
V-STUDIO 700 CONSOLE
V-STUDIO 700 I/O


DTMP:
MA-1EX
SD-20
SD-80
SD-90


Synthesizers:
Fantom-G6
Fantom-G7
Fantom-G8
SonicCell


Guitar & Bass:
DR-880 [Limited]
eBand JS-8
GT-Pro


Attempting to install with compatibility settings, admin privileges, etc. also fail to work.

However there is a workaround that people have used with V-Drums and it worked for my UM-3EX too, although it takes a little editing and bypassing certification. It's worth a try before you junk or ebay the unit which I was about to do.

Without further ado:

• Remove the Edirol/Roland USB device from your PC, if connected.
• Download the Windows 8.1 drivers for your Edirol/Roland device (UM-3EX in my case) from the Edirol/Roland website.
• Extract the contents its own new folder (um3ex_w81d_v101, in this case).
• Search the folder and sub-folders for an *.inf file. In my case there were two, one in each of the 32- and 64-bit folders: um3ex_w81d_v101/Files/64bit/Files/RDIF1058.INF and um3ex_w81d_v101/Files/32bit/Files/RDIF1058.INF
• Open these *.inf file(s) using Notepad.
• Search within the *.inf files (ctrl+f) for the text string: "[Roland.NTamd64.6.2]" (not including the speech marks) and take a look at the lines below it. Mine showed:
Code: Select all
[Roland.NTamd64.6.2]
;; Windows8
%RDID0058DeviceDesc%=RDID0058Install, USB\VID_0582&PID_009A ; UM-3EX

[Roland.NTamd64.7]
;; not supported


• The above lines of code show the drivers would be installed by Windows 8.x, but not for versions after it, even if they are compatible. To get it to install for Windows 10 you will need to copy the line of code that was used for [Roland.NTamd64.6.2] and paste it into the [Roland.NTamd64.7] section, overwriting where it says ";; not supported".

So you should now have something similar below, where your Edirol/Roland device is duplicated for both the Roland.NTamd64.6.2 and Roland.NTamd64.7 portions:

Code: Select all
[Roland.NTamd64.6.2]
;; Windows8
%RDID0058DeviceDesc%=RDID0058Install, USB\VID_0582&PID_009A ; UM-3EX

[Roland.NTamd64.7]
%RDID0058DeviceDesc%=RDID0058Install, USB\VID_0582&PID_009A ; UM-3EX


• Save the *.inf files (overwrite them).

Given the drivers have now effectively been 'tampered' with, Windows won't automatically allow them to be executed as a security precaution. Therefore you will need to install them without driver signature enforcement.

To do this (before going further you may need to write these down as you'll be restarting your PC and may not know what to click)....

• Click Windows Start, and type "Change advanced start-up options" and execute it. This will take you to the Windows 10 Settings Recovery options.
• On the right, where it says Advanced Startup, choose "Restart Now"
• Once it takes you to the blue menu screen, click: "Troubleshoot", followed by "Advanced Settings" > "Startup Settings" > "Restart".
• Once PC has restarted, press the number 7 to 'Disable driver signature enforcement'.
• Finally, navigate to where you extracted and modified the drivers and install the new modified drivers. Follow any on-screen prompts and insert the Edirol/Roland USB device when requested to complete the installation.
• Restart PC after completion (this will automatically take you out of 'disable driver signature' mode).

Done.

Hope this may help others in the same predicament as it helped me. Full kudos to intouch1 from the vdrums forum: https://www.vdrums.com/forum/advanced/t ... ver-solved

~Timo
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Re: Edirol/Roland USB legacy driver hack for Windows 10

Postby Marbrien » Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:08 pm

I have an Edirol FA-101 firewire audio interface. I have been using a similar method to that described in the OP to successfully install it under successive versions of Windows 10 Home 64 bit, up to and including version 1909. But with version 20H2 it fails. The procedure, in brief, is as follows:

1. Uninstall the device. Disable Driver Signature Enforcement.
2. Run Roland’s setup.exe with a .inf file modified to allow installation under Windows 10, ignoring any ‘driver not certified’ warnings.
3. When the setup program requests it, plug the Edirol’s firewire cable into the PC’s firewire card and power on the Edirol.
4. After a few moments the setup continues and completes and the device works. Reenable Driver Signature Enforcement.

The problem in Win 10 ver 20H2 is that setup.exe does not restart at step 4, it hangs. The Edirol powers on, the firewire card shows as OK in Device Manager, but the install will not go to step 4. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Re: Edirol/Roland USB legacy driver hack for Windows 10

Postby bassg » Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:54 am

Marbrien wrote:The problem in Win 10 ver 20H2 is that setup.exe does not restart at step 4, it hangs. The Edirol powers on, the firewire card shows as OK in Device Manager, but the install will not go to step 4. Does anyone have any ideas?

Yeah, I am in the same situation now...Windows got updated over the weekend to 20H2 and my FA-101 no longer works, it's precisely like you wrote - the installation is stuck after connecting the device and no drivers get installed. I am trying to find some solution but does not seem too likely right now...anyway, have you been successful, by any chance? I fear it's time to say good bye to FA-101 (it's served me for more than 15 years!) and move to some other solution...
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Re: Edirol/Roland USB legacy driver hack for Windows 10

Postby Marbrien » Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:42 pm

I'm afraid I did not find a solution. Like you, my Edirol FA-101 has given me good service (13 years in my case) but I've had to give up on it. I bought a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 third generation, which seems to have everything the Edirol gave me and works fine with Windows 10 v 20H2.
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Re: Edirol/Roland USB legacy driver hack for Windows 10

Postby bassg » Thu May 20, 2021 11:14 am

Marbrien wrote:I'm afraid I did not find a solution.
Yeah, I could not have waited for a fix so had to say good bye to FA-101 (I bought it back in 2004 if I remember correctly, so it has served me for 17 years). My budget is rather tight so I had to look for some cheap solution, at least until I could afford some better interface, and I found Behringer UMC1820 - looked perfect for my needs, I was not too sure whether I should go that route (I usually avoid anything Behringer, old habit I guess) - but I have to say I'm impressed, for 200 EUR I cannot complain about anything (solid build, lots of connectivity, absolutely trouble free drivers and awesome latency, totally unexpected). Glad you've found your replacement too, you can't go wrong with Focusrite I'd say (I was considering it too actually).
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