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19-Apr-2011, 06:01 AM #1
Solved: Widcomm = Broadcom?
I am trying to get my Bluetooth headphones to work. And, I am trying to sync my Palm TX and Tungsten PDA using Bluetooth, and I am having one heck of a time. The Bluetooth software that came with my new Dell Inspiron 4010 laptop computer didn't seem to be working so I tried to download the Broadcom Bluetooth software but, once again, my computer didn't seem to "see" my Bluetooth headphones or my Palm PDA. I then thought I would re-download the original, Widcomm, Bluetooth software but each place I looked for the Widcomm software, it seemed like it was the Broadcom software! Can someone advise me which Bluetooth software should work with Windows 7 Windows? And, if anyone could tell me how to get the Bluetooth to "see" my bluetooth devices, i.e., headphones and Palm PDA, I would appreciate it.
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19-Apr-2011, 01:26 PM #2
Right click the bluetooth icon in the taskbar and click settings
On the options tab,select the box next to
Allow bluetooth devices to find this computer.
Click apply/ok.
Also check you laptop to see if there is a button to turn bluetooth on.
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20-Apr-2011, 06:54 AM #3
leroys1000, thanks for the reply. I checked and "Allow bluetooth devices to find this computer." is checked. What is your opinion regarding Bluetooth software. Which is a good one to work with Windows 7, 64bit? Thanks again.
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20-Apr-2011, 01:17 PM #4
You would want to use the one that was designed for the hardware.
Using a different bluetooth stack can cause problems.
So you probably want to go to dell and get it.
If it turns out that it is broadcomm hardware ,you can get the
updates from their site.
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21-Apr-2011, 05:45 AM #5
leroys1000, thanks again for the reply. The Bluetooth software that my Dell computer uses is Widcomm. I'll go to the site and download it again. Once it is downloaded and installed, and if it doesn't work, I might come back to ask what I can do to get it to work.
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21-Apr-2011, 11:54 AM #6
Broadcomm/widdcomm is pretty much the same thing these days.
There may also be a selection "enable bluetooth in the right click menu.
Check your laptop manual to see if there is a button or keyboard combination
to turn on the bluetooth hardware.
You can usually download a manual at the manufacturers website support section.
Once the hardware is turned on and bluetooth enabled,you need to set your device
to "discoverable"mode for windows to detect it.
Then you may need to enter the pin number to setup the connection.
That is usually something like 0000 or 0001 depending on the device.
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22-Apr-2011, 07:20 PM #7
leroys1000, thanks again for the reply. I went to the Dell website and re-downloaded the drivers (Broadcom). My computer still didn't find my Bluetooth headphones (Motorokr S305). When I was fiddling-around with settings I right -clicked on the speaker icon in the System Tray and saw "Playback Devices." I clicked on this option and then made my Bluetooth headphones the default and instantly heard music from the headphones! Anyway, at this time this issue is "solved." Thanks again for taking the time to try to help me with my problem.

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