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FireWire Series Installation Instructions for Mac OS X


Do not connect your M-Audio FireWire interface to your computer yet!  The driver installer should be run first!

If you are updating  the driver on a system where your M-Audio FireWire Series device is already installed, please shut down and disconnect your device before proceeding.

Note: At this time, the FireWire Series drivers cannot be installed on a system that has an M-Audio ProFire Series device installed.  These devices include the ProFire 2626 and ProFire 610.  Currently, you must uninstall the existing M-Audio ProFire driver before installing the FireWire Series drivers.

Also, please remember to never "hot-plug" your FireWire interface.


Installation Instructions

1. Download the latest M-Audio FireWire Series driver for your exact version of Mac OS X from the M-Audio driver download site.

2. The file you are downloading is in "Disk Image" (extension "dmg") format.  This means that once the download is complete, your Mac should automatically launch the file and create a virtual drive on your desktop - you will now see two new icons on the Desktop.

Immediately after this, a finder window will automatically open and show you the two icons below:


(If this Window does not open automatically, double-click on the downloaded Disk Image file).

3. If this is the first time you're installing an M-Audio FireWire series driver on your system, please skip to step 7 of this guide now.   If an M-Audio FireWire driver was previously installed on your system, it has to be removed before you can successfully install the new driver.  Please double-click "Uninstall M-Audio FireWire" and follow the instructions on screen.

4. When prompted, enter your administrator name and password to continue with the driver removal.

5. Click 'Restart' to complete the driver removal.

6. After your computer is fully restarted, double-click on the downloaded Disk Image (dmg) file.  This will bring you back to the content of the virtual drive and show you the same two icons (M-Audio FireWire.mpkg/uninstall) displayed above.

7. Double-click the file named “M-Audio FireWire.mpkg.”.  The driver installer will launch. Click "Continue".

8. Review the following information, then click 'Continue'.
 

9. Carefully read the license agreement, then click "Continue".


 

10. Click on the "Agree" button to continue.

11. Select the hard drive you want to install the driver to.  A green arrow will appear over the selected hard drive. Then click "Continue".

12. Click "Install" - the driver files will be copied to your computer.

13. You will have to enter your Administrator name and password once more.  Click OK after your done.

14. A message will appear informing you that the software was successfully installed and that your computer needs to be turned off before connecting your M-Audio FireWire device. Click 'Close'.


 

15. Shut down and turn off your computer, then connect the FireWire cable between your M-Audio FireWire audio interface and your computer's FireWire port.

Important:

- DO NOT CONNECT OR DISCONNECT your M-Audio FireWire audio interface while your computer is turned on!


- DO NOT USE
the power supply when using your M-Audio FireWire audio interface with Apple computers!*

The 6-pin FireWire port on your Mac supplies your M-Audio FireWire interface with power.  Connecting a second power source (6-pin FireWire port AND Power Supply) can cause a variety of problems from installation failure to device damage.  The power supply is intended for use when connecting to 4-pin FireWire ports that do not supply bus power.  Apple Macintosh computers do not use this type of FireWire connectors and for this reason, you should never use the power supply with a Mac*.

* Note: The ProjectMix I/O and NRV10 are exceptions, these devices are not powered by your computer's FireWire bus, and require the included power adapter at all times.


6-pin FireWire 400 port


9-pin FireWire 800 port.  Your M-Audio FireWire device can be connected to an FW800 port with a FW400 to FW800 adapter cable.

16. Make sure the power button on your M-Audio FireWire audio interface is pushed in (doesn't apply to FireWire Solo), then turn on your computer.  Once the computer is fully started, your M-Audio FireWire audio interface is ready to be used.

17. Connect outputs 1 and 2 of your M-Audio FireWire audio interface to your speakers, mixer, or other amplification device so you can hear the output of the device.

Once you have completed the installation procedure above, a new "M-Audio FireWire" icon is placed in System Preferences.  Click this icon to launch your M-Audio FireWire device's Control Panel.  If you have completed both the software and hardware installation properly, the Control Panel will open without errors.