Connecting to a computer

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.

  1. 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 computer. Wait two minutes before proceeding to the next step.

    "Found New Hardware" messages
  2. In the Windows XP Control Panel, open "Sounds and Audio Devices Properties"

    Sounds and Audio Devices Properties
  3. Under the "Volume" tab, verify that "Bose USB Audio" is the connected USB device

  4. Under "Speaker settings," click the "Advanced" button to open "Advanced Audio Properties"

  5. In the "Speaker setup" drop list, select "5.1 surround sound speakers"

  6. 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.

  1. 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 computer. Wait two minutes before proceeding to the next step.

    "Installing device driver software" message

    If you do not see this message, the capability to display it may be disabled in your computer. Wait two minutes before proceeding to the next step.

  2. Click in the bubble to display the installation status. Wait for the installation to finish

    "Driver Software Installation" status
  3. Open the control panel and click "Hardware and Sound"

    Control Panel window
  4. Click "Sound" in the "Hardware and Sound" control panel

    Hardware and Sound
  5. Verify that the Playback default setting (indicated by a green check) is "Bose USB Audio." If not Select "Bose USB Audio" and click "Set Default"

    "Sound" window: selecting "Bose USB Audio"

    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.

  1. In the "System Preferences," open the "Sound" control panel

  2. Choose "Bose USB Audio" for sound output and close the control panel

    Mac "Sound" control panel
  3. In the Applications folder on your hard drive, open the Utilities folder

  4. Open the "Audio MIDI Setup" control panel

  5. Select "Bose USB Audio" for "Properties For," "Default Output" and "System Output"

    Mac "Audio MIDI Setup" panel

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

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