Setting up Bose Companion Speakers on Ubuntu 14.04

I love my Bose Companion 5 speakers, but had a bit of trouble getting them to work on a Toshiba Portege I recently rebuilt with Ubuntu.  Here are the steps to get it working:

  1. Plug the speakers into a USB port
  2. Reboot
  3. Go to sound settings, the speakers should now appear.  Select them.
  4. Open terminal and run sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
    1. Change last line that reads: options snd-usb-audio index=-2 to options snd-usb-audio index=-1
  5. In terminal run alsamixer
    1. Select the Bose sound card (F6)
    2. Use the arrow keys to increase the volume
  6. Fire up Pandora and rock out!

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