Issue with LaCie speakers & MBP

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by $3ptember, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. $3ptember macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I just got my new (first! :) ) Macbook Pro recently and also a pair of LaCie speakers. Unfortunately, these speakers work via Firewire 400, and the new MBPs only have a FW800 port.

    So I got a 400 to 800 FW adapter, hoping to finally hear music out of something else than the built-in speakers. To my surprise, despite all the reviews on the net regarding the ease-of-use of these speakers, they don't work.
    Let me be a little more precise:
    - I plugged them in correctly, according to the instructions: secondary speaker in the main speaker, FW400 in the adapter and adapter in the FW800
    - They are powered on: the blue led at the bottom of the main speaker is on
    - You can hear the specific sound of speakers that are on
    - If I connect also the line-in cable to the main speaker and to the headphones jack of the MBP, I get sound, only at a relatively poor quality
    - The speakers don't show in the System Preferences - Sound.

    My only other option to try them is on a PC (haven't tried it yet).

    Any ideas? All of the above do not indicate any issue with the FW port, the speakers or the adapter.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. $3ptember thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008
    Latest development: I reset the Firewire port by removing the battery ( The speakers are now visible in System Profiler - > Firewire.

    However, they still do not show in Sound Preferences, so I'm not able to select them.

    What to do?

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