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FireWire Series Installation Instructions for Windows XP*

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 FireWire device is already installed, please shut down and disconnect your device before proceeding.

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

As an extra level of precaution, we suggest deleting the contents of your Windows Temp folder before installing this driver. We have a brief tutorial available on how to do this.

1. Download the latest driver for your M-Audio FireWire interface from our driver download page and double-click it.

If this is your first installation of an M-Audio FireWire Series driver on your computer, please skip to Step 3 of this guide

If an M-Audio FireWire Series driver is currently installed on your system, it will need to be removed before a new driver can be installed.  In this case, launching the installer file should bring you to the screen shown below. Click "Next".

Note: In the unlikely event that you already have an M-Audio FireWire driver installed on your system, but the installer is not giving you the option to remove this older driver (as show below), you will need to manually uninstall this driver before installing your new driver.  Never install an M-Audio FireWire driver on a system that already has a FireWire driver installed.  "Double installing" drivers like this can lead to system instability and inhibit your FireWire interface's functionality.

2. Once this process is complete, you will be informed that the Maintenance (driver removal) is complete.  Click "Finish" to close this application.

3. Double-click the downloaded driver installation file (again).  The following window will open:

4 . Click "Next".  The License Agreement window will appear (see below):

5. Carefully read the license agreement, then put the radio button next to "I accept the terms of the license agreement", click "Next" to continue and "Install" in the window that opens after this.

6. At various points in this installation process, you may be notified that the driver being installed has not passed Windows Logo Testing.  Click “Continue Anyway” to proceed with the installation.

7. Choose "Yes, I want to shutdown my computer now" and click "Finish".  Your computer will shut down automatically. 
8. Make sure the computer is completely shut down and turned off, then connect the FireWire cable between your M-Audio FireWire audio interface and your computer's FireWire port.


ONLY use the included power supply when connecting to a 4-pin (iLink) FireWire port on your computer (see below).

the power supply* when connecting to a 6-pin bus powered FireWire port (looks the same as the ports on your M-Audio FireWire interface - see below).


* Note: the ProFire 2626, 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.

9. Make sure the power button on your M-Audio FireWire audio interface is pushed in (this doesn't apply to the FireWire Solo), then turn on your computer.

10 . When the computer finishes booting up, it will display a “Found New Hardware” window.

If you have Service Pack 2 installed on your computer (which is required for most recent drivers), you will be asked if you want to search the Internet for a driver.  Select “No, not this time” and press “Next”.  You will then see the screen below

11. "Install the software automatically" is already checked.  Leave it like that and click "Next".  The driver files will now be copied to your computer.  Again, click "Continue Anyway" whenever you see a "Windows Logo Testing" message during this installation.

12. Click "Finish" when you see the following screen:

13. Another "Found New Hardware" window may open. Repeat steps 10-12.

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

Once you have completed the installation procedure above, a small red controller knob icon (shown below)  will be visible in your system tray. Double-click this icon to launch the M-Audio FireWire Panel. If you have completed both the software and hardware installation properly, the control panel will open without problems.


* Home and Professional Edition only.  Windows Media Center Edition is not currently supported.