Forcing MIDI to always play from the start

Some sound devices are incapable of playing MIDI files correctly from the middle of the file (this feature is used in Four Winds, when the music is temporarily interrupted due to program switching or opening the Preferences dialog box). A symptom of this shortcoming (or error in the device driver) is that the music is played with piano (instead of the correct instrument, which e.g. in the default Four Winds theme is guitar). You can correct this error by forcing the MIDI to always play from the start (instead of continuing from the point where the music was initially interrupted).

To force MIDI to always play from the start (or disable this feature):
  1. Choose Preferences on the File menu.
  2. Choose General under the User Interface section in the category tree of the Preferences dialog box.
  3. Click the Force MIDI play from the start box to enable or disable this feature.

Note: This option has no effect if you have DirectX installed in the system (most computers have), since in this case MIDI files are handled directly by DirectX.

Related topics:
Choosing the language of the user interface
Enabling or disabling the splash screen
Enabling or disabling editing of hand names
Leaving Windows Taskbar visible
Using color management
Bypassing DirectX sound
Using power save scheme
Configuring game controls
Specifying user file locations
Adjusting the speed of the animation
Keyboard shortcuts
Changing a theme
Using custom tiles
Customizing the sound effects and background music
Choosing the board size
Choosing a way to display discards