It's acually showing up in device manager now as 'minibrute'
It's a good starting point, it means the machine is fully functional and that the system can speak with it.
I got it to work on another computer running windows vista on 32 bit o/s. The computer i used is at least 6 years old.
My computer which it will not connect with now but which it did in January is running windows 7 on 64 bit o/s & is only about 2 - 2 ,1/2 years old.
My minibrute is only 9 months old !
Why does the minibrute struggle to connect with it's only necessary sofware ? It's not like the connection manager is overly complicated compared to other software for which arturia is known
It has no relation with the age of your computer, or the OS you use. I have developed, and use very often the Connection Software on my Win7 64bit PC.
You obviously have a conflict with an other hardware, driver, or software. If your MB was unknown in the device manager, that means windows generic USB audio/midi drivers was not healthy. The machine relies on an OS provided driver, like many other. I sure you can understand we can, and do provide support, but can't be responsible of what happens to a third party driver. One more thing this driver is monoclient, that means only ONE software can use it at a time, if your DAW is using it, Connection software won't connect.
1/Anyway, we need to be sure your driver is properly working now. If you sent midi notes or whatever message to the MB using a DAW does it work? The other way, can you receive midi notes send by the MB?
2/ if so, just to be sure download the software package again, properly unzip it to directory(do never run a .exe inside a zip), you should see side by side in the WIN subdir MiniBruteConnection_V184.108.40.206.exe and MiniBrute_FirmwareRelease_V220.127.116.11.mbf
3/disconnect any other USB audio or midi devices close any software that could be related to Midi
4/ run Connection Software.
If it still odes not work, a clean Windows install may be good solution