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To use freepats with TiMidity++ and/or SDL_mixer, edit /etc/timidity.cfg and make it look like this:source /etc/timidity/freepats.cfg
Sorry . . . it's not listed under "Preferences" anywhere that I saw (I have the 32-bit version of Vector Linux 7.0) .