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Bluetooth - Im pulling my hair out !!!

by undercover / December 15, 2004 2:55 PM PST

Hello all,

I have a Toshiba Portege 3480 laptop. Recently i purchased a Blueooth Dialup Modem and a USB Bluetooth Dongle.

Everything hooked up in 10 minutes and i was very happy with my system apart from the Bluetooth Dongle sticking way too out for me.

So i decided to ditch the USB dongle for a CF verson. Off i go and buy one together with a PCMCIA adapter to suit.

I install the new software/drivers for the CF card and so help me G**, ive spent all day truying to get the thing to talk to my modem.

When i do eventually get it working, i undock the laptop and low and behold the stupid laptop wont recognise the card and im forced to re-set the CF card up again. This time i have no luck in getting the CF card to work.

When i re-dock the laptop with the CF still in place, it refuses to work.

Like i said, ive spent all day trying to get the CF card to work. Im so angry at moment that i feel like throwing the whole thing out the window.

USB was soooooo easy but as i said the dongle stuck too far out and was simply too flimsy.

Im now considering purchasing a smaller USB dongle, but ive just spent $80.00 AUD on the bloody CF bluetooth card that wont work. AND to i cant take it back for a refund.

Can anyone offer any suggestions to one very frustrated Aussie PC user?

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Still no luck
by undercover / December 19, 2004 8:37 PM PST

Third day trying to get it to work. Still not having any luck.

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It's a known issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2004 8:50 PM PST

Not all bluetooth items work together. If you find something that doesn't work, then my lesson is to toss it back at them fast. It's not worth the trouble.


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It sure looks that way
by undercover / December 20, 2004 8:49 PM PST
In reply to: It's a known issue.

I think your right. Im still yet to get it working. I think ive blown my $80.00 AUD. Bought it off E-Bay and the condition was no refund, no exchange.

Oh well such is life. Going to try and find a small USB Bluetooth dongle.

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More info....
by undercover / December 24, 2004 4:15 PM PST
In reply to: It sure looks that way

Maybe this will help?

I think my problem originates from the different profiles the laptop creates, i.e. docked and undocked?

Am i correct in saying that the different profiles are used for different hardware configurations?

If so, then would i be correct in saying that if i set the card up (correctly) in docked mode, this configuration would not work in undocked mode?

Does this make sense?

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No sense at all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 24, 2004 10:30 PM PST
In reply to: More info....

I can not explain why the Bluetooth consortium and companies that offer it have not got their act together.

It's not your problem.


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It is my problem cuz im stuck with it
by undercover / December 25, 2004 9:14 PM PST
In reply to: No sense at all.

I know where your leading to Bob. The thing is that now that ive got the blasted thing i have to make it work. Somehow i think the problem lies with Windows XP. I say this because......

I can get it to work in my laptop when its docked. When i undock the laptop it refuses to work. This makes me think that it has to do with the way Windows is set up and not the bluetooth card.

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An example.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2004 10:45 PM PST

The newer Palm units with BT do not work with autos (cars) builtin bluetooth. Nothing you can do will make it work. Palm (as of last week) replied the cars need a BT upgrade. Like that's going to happen!

It's fine you want to make it work, but it will require that you have access to the devices "source code", compilers, debuggers and be a bluetooth embedded software expert.

There are very few of these out there. And you wouldn't be here if you were a "developer".

Just trying to save you from pulling out your last hair.


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Undercover. Who am I?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2004 10:50 PM PST

I write some Palm software. You can see some tip of the iceburg at where I posted some examples of solutions for some others to pickup.

Why am I writing this? Simply because I want to save you a lot of time and possibly hair.

I can write with some authority about the BT landscape from a developers perspective. And it's an ugly view from here. The BT consortium has made some progress but they have yet to get all the implementers to the same level of protocols and tools.

I can tell more if you like, but it will not fix your issue. Only by using parts that work together will you find your peace.


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I think im convinced
by undercover / December 26, 2004 7:15 PM PST
In reply to: Undercover. Who am I?

So i think ill stick to a USB version of Bluetooth. At least that works with my laptop.

And that way ill save what ever is left of my hair....

Thanks anyway

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