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FireWire Series Installation Instructions for Windows Vista & Windows 7

Do not connect your M-Audio FireWire interface to your computer yet!  The driver installer should be run first!  If your M-Audio FireWire devices is currently connected, shut down your computer and disconnect it before proceeding.

1. Download the latest driver for your M-Audio FireWire interface from our driver download page and save it to the Desktop.

If this is the first time you've installed an M-Audio FireWire Series driver on your computer, please skip the uninstallation instructions and go 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, if a "User Account Control" window appears, click "Continue".  Click "Next" to uninstall the drivers.

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).  if a "User Account Control" window appears, click "Continue".

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.

If a Windows Security window appears at any point during the installation process, always click "Install".

6. Once the drivers have been installed, choose "Yes, I want to shutdown my computer now." and click "Finish".

7. 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).

DO NOT USE 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.

8. 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.

If this is the first time you are installing a FireWire Solo, Project Mix I/O, or NRV10, click here to complete the initial driver installation process.  If you are updating a FireWire Solo, Project Mix I/O or NRV10 from a previous compatible FireWire driver, continue with this guide.

Shortly after the computer finishes loading, it will display an “Installing device driver software” window.

An M-Audio Firmware Updater will also appear and begin updating the fimware on your M-Audio FireWire device.

Do not power off or unplug the device while the update is in progress.

9. The Updater will automatically close when finished and it will display "Your devices are ready to use".

10. 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 device.

11. Once you have completed the installation procedure above, a small “M-Audio” icon will be visible in your system tray (shown below).  Right-click this icon to open the M-Audio FireWire control panel.

This control panel can also be opened by double-clicking the M-Audio FW Audio icon in the Windows Control Panel:

If you have completed both the software and hardware installation properly, the control panel will open without problems and your M-Audio FireWire device is ready to serve as an Audio Interface for your computer and recording software.