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Bose Companion 3 Series II not working (Mac)

Hi, I have an iMac and I just recently installed the Companion 3 speakers. I checked every cable, double-checked with the manual to see if I did anything wrong... But everytime I try to plug the speakers in, nothing happens; as in, the sound works fine without them but when I plug them in the sound just dies. I am not using any cables that didn't come with the speakers. Please help!
It should also be noted that I plugged the system into the Headphone slot. I wondered if this was the problem but I see no other slots for speakers or sound-related hardware.

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  • ebear2222 Dec 25, 2008

    I have the exact same problem that you described Eric. I just took my Bose Companion 3's out of the package, hooked up everything exactly as described (I've re-done the assembly a couple of times and re-checked every connection) and it doesn't make a sound. I can see that there's power to the speakers. I can also see that my iMac headphone jack works because if I plug headphones into the jack I can hear music.

    I'm at a loss as to what to do. There are no drivers for these speakers, incidentally - they're speakers, you just plug them in and they're supposed to play.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Eric, did you ever solve the problem?


  • fhickson Jan 18, 2009

    It's 2009, stupid me thought computer speakers would be plug & play. Duhhhh. All jokes aside; like the others with the same problem, I connected my 'brand new' Bose Companion 3 Series II speakers perfectly and they don't play at all. What the...!!!!!

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The speakers seem to be muted by default - you'll see that the LED is yellow/amber. Tap the control pod - the LED will turn green and speakers will work. I felt like such an idiot after I spent almost an hour trying to figure this out. (This feature should be more prominent in the manual.)

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Use the cd that came with the speaker system to install the drivers. If it didn't come with an install disc then check the Bose website to see if they have driver downloads for this system.

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