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how to get Bluetooth working in windows 7

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by Barn, Jan 9, 2009.

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  1. Barn

    Barn Notebook Consultant

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    ok,

    for those of you trying to get the dell bluetooth driver to install in windows 7, here's what i did! (M6400)

    right click on the file file you downloaded from dell and click the " TROUBLESHOOT COMPATIBILITY" option.

    tick the program worked in earlier version of windows, click next, then select windows vista, click next and next again to install the driver

    done :)
     
  2. Nyceis

    Nyceis Notebook Deity

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    Cool - thanks for posting this - I'm going to putting Windows 7 on my m6400 later this week. Tips are always nice. I was hoping that W7 would have built in support for the m6400's Bluetooth so you didn't need to install the Dell package.

    Oh well :)

    N
     
  3. SpeedyMods

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    On my E6400, I started the installation of the BT driver, and when the propts came up to go through the installation, Win7 automatically found the base driver in the installation package and installed BT on its own. I cancelled the installation and now BT works, but with the much better interface that Microsoft has instead of the Dell one.

    Greg
     
  4. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    hmm interesting thanks for the info :D
     
  5. Furyan

    Furyan Newbie

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    I just downloaded this file (BT Drivers: MICROSOFT_WINDOWS-VISTA-SP1-_A01_R204794) and followed the instructions above, driver fails. Says it doesn't apply to my machine, but it does as I pulled it from Dell's page for my Service Tag.

    I have got this to work, I was downloading the wrong file. If you are running Dell E6400 and 370 Bluetooth mini-card the driver you need follows, make sure you follow what is outlined in earlier posts when you run it. Click Here
     
  6. Saosin7

    Saosin7 Notebook Guru

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    To those of you who've gotten it to work;
    Are you running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Win7?
     
  7. geewhipped

    geewhipped Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm running win7 7100 64 on my M6400... Installed the Dell 410 drivers (R197543) and they just work (device shows up as a 370 in the device mgr), far as I can tell. I'm using a BT mouse with it right now.
     
  8. Saosin7

    Saosin7 Notebook Guru

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    Okay I will try that driver, thanks!

    Edit: Won't work, could be because I have the 365 and not the 370...
     
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    I'm running Win7 7100 64 and can't seem to get the bluetooth to work on my 410. I'll see if this works.
     
  10. LPTP-LVR

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    After installing the 7100 build my BT mouse worked straight away, but not fully. The scroll wheel did nothing and in the normal mouse setting i couldn't change that. Didn't have anything bluetooth related in the control panel but that changed after installing the drivers in compatibilty mode...then all was back as normal
     
  11. rajiv singh suwal

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    Here's what I did when bluetooth on Windows 7 PCs that I had, didn't work with my iPhone and other bluetooths:

    - Download the 'Windows Mobile Device Center' ( current version is 6.1 ) which you can download it from www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/downloads/microsoft/device-center-download.mspx this works for both Vista and Windows 7. I've tried it on both.

    - Install the downloaded software but it may not look like it worked on Windows 7 PCs. Vista automatically configures the settings on the bluetooth devices but for those who have Windows 7, here are the things you should do:

    - Go to 'Device Manager' from 'Control Panel' -Or- just right-click on Computer Icon and choose 'Properties' and then click on 'Device Manager'.

    - You'll see an 'Unknown Device' named 'Bluetooth Peripheral Device'

    - Right-Click it and click on "Update Driver Software" -Or- anyway you find it easy to bring up the Update driver window.

    - Click "Browse My Computer for Driver Software" button.

    - Click "Let Me Pick from a List of Device Drivers on my computer".

    - Select 'Bluetooth Radio' from the list if it asked you to select and then in the next window, it will show a list of drivers with Company Names in one list and Drivers in another. In the Company List choose 'Microsoft Corporation', not only Microsoft.

    - From the drivers list there may be one or more drivers with the name "Windows Mobile-Based Device Support" with different driver versions. Select one or the latest.

    - Ignore any warnings and keep pressing next and then Finish at last. If all goes well, the last screen will show the message that device driver is successfully installed.

    Now, after manually updating the driver for your bluetooth device, in 'Device Manager' when you click on 'Bluetooth Radios', it should display one more item which will say 'Windows Mobile-based device support'.

    There are few more things that you want to pay attention to. If you have already added the device in your 'bluetooth device list' that didn't work, then remove the device and add it again. After you add it, you might need to restart the computer if it gave you a connection problem error message.

    Every PCs that had Windows 7 and Vista worked after installing this software and I hope it will work for you too.

    So what is 'Windows Mobile Device Center' ?
    If you have used ActiveSync in the past, you would certainly love this package. Actually 'Windows Mobile Device Center' is the successor to ActiveSync. It is designed to synchronize various content including music, video, contacts, calendar events, web browser favorites, and other files between Mobile devices and the Windows operating system.

    I'd like to point out something here in case you have tried some trial version of bluetooth software that you can get from online. Some of these trial software ( ie. Bluesoleil ) disable your 'Bluetooth Support Service' ( a core service that is essential to run your bluetooth device in Windows ) when the trial period expires. I have also seen people jumping into conclusion after using trial version that without paying for it their bluetooth device would never work. So make sure 'Bluetooth Support Service' is running and set to 'Automatic'. You can find that service by going to -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services (select it from the list)


    Rajiv Singh Suwal
     
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