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05-Jun-2010, 05:35 PM #1
Solved: Boston BA735 USB Speakers With XP
Computer is a Gateway Essential 667 that originaly had 98SE. Still want to get a few more years use out of it, so boughtt an XP Upgrade that had never been used for $65.

Installation of XP went fine.
Replaced the Intel 82801 AC'97 Audio Controller that XP loaded with the original Conexant Crystal WDM Controller. Analog sound works fine.

Had been using Boston BA735 USB Speakers with the 98SE install and would like to use them with the XP. Installed the Boston software, but have not been able to get the speakers to work.

Has anyone been able to do this?
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06-Jun-2010, 12:14 PM #2
The net has all the answers somewhere.

Found this posted by Premorob at 01/02/2010.

Boston 735 USB speakers with Realtek AC97


Step 1 - locate and save file 7507807.exe or search for the "BA735 USB" driver which contains all the Boston Human Interface Device drivers. Run the file and save the files somewhere useful and easy to find on your PC.

Step 2 - go to Device & Printers; right mouse click your PC's icon and choose Device Installation settings. Choose No and Never .... I like to call this turn off the MS knows best switch. Save changes etc.

Step 3 - Install the BA735 USB speakers to the USB port you intend to leave it on.

Step 4 - Windows 7 should now try to load the driver. Because I didn't do in this order not sure of how this works, but make sure Windows 7 goes to the %\7507807\CABS\WIN2KINF folder and you should see the BAUSBHID.inf driver file. Install this one and none other. If all works the HID entry in Device Manager WILL say "Boston Human Interface Device". You may hahve to reboot after this.

Step 4B (how I got it to work) was to Select the first "USB input Device" from the Device manager HID section. Then choose which driver to install as in the steps above. It must be from the WIN2KINF folder.

Step 5 - In the "Sound" option in control panel make sure the Boston USB AUdio Device is set as the Default Device. Have something playing to test it out, I still had speaker connected directly to the sound card and this just swapped the sound from them to the Boston ones. Voila!

A similar process to this will get these same speaker working in XP.

XP would not let me extract the files from Gateway Download 7507807.exe. "Not compatible with your system".

Luckily I found the that the original product dics had a file containg 2K drivers and was able to get the BAUSHID.inf from it.

Plugged speakers in and let XP discover and install them. XP has Boston HID drivers, but they do not work with the BA735s. Went to Device Manager and replaced the installed drivers with the 2k drivers drom the disc. Now get great sound,

Have to controll the volume using the computer instead of the on speaker control, but Ican live with that. Will see if I can post the 2K drivers at DriverGuide.
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