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Extended Capabilities from a WDM Audio Driver

By handling the KSPROPERTY_GENERAL_COMPONENTID property, an audio filter can provide hardware-specific information that applications can use to uniquely identify the underlying device. Microsoft Windows XP is the first version of Windows to support this feature; this feature is not available in earlier versions.

The filter provides the hardware-specific information in the form of a KSCOMPONENTID structure that contains the following:

  • Manufacturer GUID

  • Product GUID

  • Component GUID

  • Name GUID

  • Hardware version number

  • Hardware revision number

To provide access to this information, a WDM audio driver specifies a property handler for KSPROPERTY_GENERAL_COMPONENTID in the filter automation table.

An application can access the data from the driver's KSCOMPONENTID structure through the following legacy Windows multimedia APIs: aux, midiIn, midiOut, mixer, waveIn, and waveOut. A client queries the driver for this information by calling one of the multimedia functions in the following table and passing in an extended-capabilities structure as the second argument.

Multimedia FunctionExtended-Capabilities Structure














After receiving the KSCOMPONENTID structure from the filter's property handler, the WDMAud system driver (Wdmaud.sys) converts the data from this structure to the XXXCAPS2 format that the xxxGetDevCaps functions use.

After verifying that the capabilities structure passed to the function is large enough to contain the manufacturer, product, and name GUIDs, the xxxGetDevCaps function copies this information into the extended structure before returning. (The component GUID from KSCOMPONENTID currently is not used.)

WDMAud concatenates the Version and Revision members from KSCOMPONENTID to form the 16-bit revision number that the xxxGetDevCaps function copies into the vDriverVersion member of the capabilities structure:

vDriverVersion = (Version << 8) | (Revision & 0xFF)

Microsoft previously required vendors to register manufacturer IDs and product IDs for their audio devices. These IDs were then released in the header file Mmreg.h.

In Windows XP and later, registered IDs are no longer necessary; they are replaced by the manufacturer and product GUIDs that are provided through the KSPROPERTY_GENERAL_COMPONENTID property. The GUIDs are more convenient for vendors to use than registered IDs because GUIDs are inherently unique, are easily generated, and require no registration.

However, if you have already registered product and manufacturer IDs with Microsoft (and they are in Mmreg.h), you can use the macros INIT_MMREG_PID and INIT_MMREG_MID in Ksmedia.h to convert your product and manufacturer IDs into GUIDs. If you use these macros to generate the GUIDs, WDMAud is able to recover the original product and manufacturer IDs from the GUIDs and copy these IDs into the wPid and wMid members of the capabilities structure that is filled in by the xxxGetDevCaps call.

Otherwise, if you do not have registered manufacturer and product IDs, simply use the GuidGen utility to generate the manufacturer and product GUIDs. (GuidGen is included in the Microsoft Windows SDK.) When a driver's GUIDs are of this type, WDMAud loads default constants MM_UNMAPPED and MM_PID_UNMAPPED into the wMid and wPid members, respectively, of the capabilities structure that is filled in by the xxxGetDevCaps call.

WDMAud uses the Name GUID in the KSCOMPONENTID structure to look up a "Name" key in the registry. This key is located under the registry path name HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\MediaCategories. The "Name" key for a device has an associated string value that contains the device name. The xxxGetDevCaps function copies the first 31 characters of this name string into the szPname member of the capabilities structure. For device names longer than 31 characters, a client application can open the registry key and directly read the entire string. A driver can populate this registry entry in one of two ways:

  • The driver can specify the entry in the device's INF file at install time.

  • The driver can load the entry during execution of its filter-initialization routine.

The name GUID is optional. If the driver sets the Name member in the KSCOMPONENTID to the GUID_NULL value, WDMAud provides the device's friendly name to the xxxGetDevCaps function, which copies this name into the szPname member of the capabilities structure.

If the filter exposes no handler for the KSPROPERTY_GENERAL_COMPONENTID property, WDMAud uses default values in place of the data from the KSCOMPONENTID structure. The default values for the legacy portion of the capabilities structure are as follows:


  • wPid = a device class from the following list:
  • vDriverVersion = 0x050a (for Windows XP) or 0x0500 (pre-Windows XP)

On Windows releases earlier than Windows XP, the legacy members of the capabilities structure are always set to the defaults above. On Windows XP and later, the default values for the extended capabilities are as follows:

  • NameGuid = GUID_NULL

  • INIT_MMREG_MID(&ManufacturerGuid, wMid)

  • INIT_MMREG_PID(&ProductGuid, wPid)

The INIT_MMREG_MID and INIT_MMREG_PID macros above are defined in Ksmedia.h. These macros are used to convert the manufacturer and product IDs in the wMid and wPid members to GUIDs that are loaded into the ManufacturerGuid and ProductGuid members.



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