Recently I found an old Sony Mini Disc MZ-N505 player that I used before I purchased an iPod. It was a great device and very reliable, so I wondered, can I use this on Windows 7 64-bit. Well I am happy to say it can be done and here’s how you do it.
What You Need
- Copy of Sony SonicStage – A original one is fine that is pre v4.3, an exists for download
- Windows 7 64 bit drivers
1. Make sure you installed Sonic Stage 4.3 on your Windows 7 64 bit system or a previous version that you have upgraded. Look below for the SonicStage 4.3 upgrade..
2. Download the NetMD USB-Driver for Windows 7 (64 bit) or Vista (64 bit).
3. Unpack the zip file with the drivers to a folder .
4. Go to the Device Management section on your computer.
5. Go to Universal USB, Right click on NetMD (flaged with a red ‘ ! ‘ ) and update drivers.
6. Browse my computer for driver software.
7. Go to the unpacked folder where you unpacked the ZIP-file.
8. Follow the rest of the procedure.
9. Restart your computer.
10. If you now open Sonic Stage 4.3, after restarting your computer, you will see that you are now can make a connection with your NetMD.
SonicStage 4.3 upgrade
Sony still has the SonicStage v4.3 available for download. In my case I had version 2 and was able to download the upgrade and install it successfully. Download the upgrade from http://www.sony-mea.com/support/download/1138640.
Once the upgrade is in place just plug in the Sony Mini disc and open SonicStage. You can now add and remove songs again just like before.
As we can see you cn still use your trusty old Sony NetMD Mini disc player to revive the old mixes and create new ones on Windows 7! ook back in the future for possible posts on using the Mini Disc on Linux and maybe OS X!