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cant get bluetooth to work on vista? please help.

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  1. hmvince

    hmvince Thread Starter

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    ive been trying to get bluetooth to work on my "ASUS Notebook F5GL Series" with vista. I cant seem to get it working. there is no bluetooth icon in the taskbar, and i go to control panel, hardware and sound, down to bluetooth and click bluetooth settings but nothing happens, i also click add a wireless device but it doesnt find anything, my brother has a laptop running XP and his bluetooth is working fine. i have asked him but he has no idea about it. I was wondering if anyone knew what to do?
     
  2. etaf

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    have a look in device manager
    in vista

    Start
    Control Panel
    Classic view
    system
    device manager - on lefthandside
    network adapters
    see if listed - mine is listed when switched on....only
     
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    it is not listed under any of the topics in the device manager but in the classic view control panel it has its own icon there. it cant be turned on and i do not know how to do that, any ideas?
     
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    an nobody help me out?:(
     
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    There's either a physical switch or a FN key combination to enable the Bluetooth adapter. Also check the BIOS to make sure it's enabled.
     
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    there is a wireless LAN switch on the side of my computer but that is always turned on and there is anso a FN key combination to turn that off and on, otherwise there is no physical switch or FN key combination to enable the bluetooth.
    so i went to the BIOS and i found this,
    bthmodem bluetooth serial communications driver
    it says that it is not started, and disabled on start mode. how do i enable this?

    thanks for your help by the way;)
     
  7. hmvince

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    sorry about my previous post, i didnt actually go to the bios, that was in the system information.
    anyway, so i restarted my computer and pressed f2, which took me to the "real" BIOS. the problem is i couldnt find any place in it to enable and disable things, letalone the bluetooth option.
    i would really appreciate it if you could help me out.
     
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    Are you sure the laptop came with a Bluetooth adapter?
     
  10. hmvince

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    im sure it did come with a built in bluetooth adapter because on the front of the laptop there is a little light with the bluetooth symbol next to it but the light isnt on, and bluetooth is also in control panel.
     
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    OK, so i went to the asus site and found that the F5GL model wasnt there!, after a bit of searching i found that you could download the bluetooth driver for a different model and it should still work on the F5GL model.
     
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    that link should work

    on first dropdown
    Notebook

    2nd dropdown
    F5

    3rd Dropdown
    F5GI

    thats where I got the manual from and saw the bluetooth driver

    i suppose it could be an i I took it as a lowercase l
     
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    okay so i installed the new driver but the bluetooth still isnt turned on and nothing has changed, any ideas?
     
  14. hmvince

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    yes,
    i actually have the asus "F5GL" model but i still downloaded the F5GI and that didnt work, the other one that i downloaded like i said, didnt change anything.
     
  15. etaf

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    so according to the manual the wireless switch switches both blue tooth and wireless on
    if this is on then you should see bluetooth in the netwrok adapters under device manager
    - if you managed to install the driver without any errors - I would have thought you would have an error message if not device found

    if you go
    start
    all programs
    nothing there about bluetooth

    playing with my sony vaio bluetooth
    if i go to
    control panel
    bluetooth
    open that
    nothing is showing - regardlessof if i turn bluetooth on or off via a software switch i have on the sony

    if i click on bluetooth settings
    with it on - i get a tick in the box - allow bluetooth devices to find this computer
    if i turn off
    this tick is removed

    anything like that on yours
     
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