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Connecting to a computer

Applies to:

  • Companion® 5 computer speakers

The way in which you connect your speakers to a computer depends on the type of computer you are using and on your operating system.

Windows® XP audio setup

IMPORTANT: Do not unplug any cables during this setup procedure.

  • After plugging in the USB cable, wait for a series of "Found New Hardware" messages to appear on your computer screen (this takes about 30 seconds)

    Note: If you do not see these messages, the capability to display them may be disabled on the computer. Wait two minutes before proceeding to the next step.
  • In the Windows® XP Control Panel, open "Sounds and Audio Devices Properties"
  • Under the "Volume" tab, verify that "Bose USB Audio" is the connected USB device
  • Under "Speaker settings", click the "Advanced" button to open "Advanced Audio Properties"
  • In the "Speaker setup" drop-down list, select "5.1 surround sound speakers"
  • Click "Apply" and then "OK". Your Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system is now ready to use

Note: If you remove the USB connection to your Companion® 5 system and plug it in again later, perform this procedure again to check the settings.

Windows® Vista/Windows® 7 audio setup

IMPORTANT: Do not unplug any cables during this setup procedure.

  • Plug in the USB cable. Wait for the device driver installation message to appear on your computer screen

    Note: If you do not see these messages, the capability to display them may be disabled on the computer. Wait two minutes before proceeding to the next step.
  • Click on the message to display the installation status. Wait for the installation to finish
  • Open the control panel and click "Hardware and Sound"
  • Click "Sound" in the "Hardware and Sound" control panel
  • Verify that the Playback default setting (indicated by a green tick) is "Bose USB Audio". If not, select "Bose USB Audio" and click "Set Default"

    Your Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system is now ready to use.

Mac OS® X audio setup

IMPORTANT: Do not unplug any cables during this setup procedure.

  • In the "System Preferences", open the "Sound" control panel
  • Choose "Bose USB Audio" for sound output and close the control panel
  • In the Applications folder on your hard drive, open the Utilities folder
  • Open the "Audio MIDI Setup" control panel
  • Select "Bose USB Audio" for "Properties For", "Default Output" and "System Output"

    Your Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system is now ready to use.

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