Using a Mbox as the default sound provider in XP

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onioner

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I am trying to set up a new computer and I'm stuck trying to get it to use my Mbox mini 2 as the default audio device. It's a USB connection to the computer, then I have two powered monitors running out of the Mbox. I recall having trouble getting this to work on the previous computer, but it eventually did, and was happily used for the life of that computer. Both run XP.

The new system is a parts build. The MB is model: i945GTm-VHL, w/ dual 1.66 Intel processors.

I recall one of the issues I had originally was mistakenly using windows to find the driver/firmware for the Mbox. This time I installed ProTools first, and it seems to be working fine. When I am in ProTools, it behaves normally, but I can't get it to behave outside of ProTools.

I have been trying to go through Control Panel - Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices - Sounds and Audio Devices - Audio. The Mbox is an option under "Sound Playback," and I can select it, but I still get no sound. I'll note that the language is different. On the old system it reads "Mbox2 out 1/2 out" while the new one reads slighlty differently. I am running the old machine now, and since they share all hardware, can't run both concurrently. If it would help, I could connect the new one and see what it reads.

For the life of me I can't remember how I made it work the first time. I feel like I just spent hours fiddling until it suddenly worked. Any advice and help is sorely appreciated. I'm loosing enough hair to rip out anymore.
 

onioner

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No input? Is this really so uncommonly done?

What of other solutions? All I care is that I can run the two powered speakers in stereo regardless of how. Both have 1/4" jacks.
 

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It should be listed in Sounds and Audio Devices properties / Audio tab / Sound playback - Default device. Simply select it there and apply the settings. That should route all audio to the device. If it's not working, I'd suspect a driver issue.

Is the mBox2 listed in Device Manager?
 
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