or maybe not; as you can see i am n00bin it up over here. I just got and installed win7 on my laptop. so far so good, except i originally had problems with the system recognizing my video card and using direct3d. i downloaded the drivers for my card, and then reinstalled directx and things seemed to be working fine. until i started messing around with this xp virtual machine. I may be doing something simply stupid but this is what i am trying to accomplish: i need to be able to open an xp specific program called midiOX (midiYoke) in order to enable my laptop to communicate to all of my midi devices. when i try to run it it gives me the same "cannot use direct3d please install directx" error. now how does the xp virtual machine (which i installed after figuring out what was originally wrong with my direct3d settings) not recognize my video card/settings from 7? do i have to install drivers for xp in the virtual environment? i did that and it gave me an error for trying to install xp drivers on a win7 machine. also, after all that gets sorted out, as i understand it the next time i use midiOX in win7 it will automatically launch the xp virtual machine to run the program without me having to set it all up each time correct? willikers. i just want to make my jazz mutant lemur talk to my computer. so frustrating, almost ready to throw this thing in a gutter and just go get a mac that has built in midi daemon recognition; please advise. thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.