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How to activate Bluetooth?

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  1. nibbs

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    I have Dell Inspiron 530s.

    For some reason I can't connect my cell phone to the computer via Bluetooth. When I click Bluetooth Devices > Bluetooth Settings, nothing happens, and when I click "Add Wireless Device" the computer can't find my cell phone.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. warrior19

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    Is the cell phone the only bluetooth device connecting to the PC?

    By this I mean are you also using a Bluetooth Mouse & Keyboard?

    If not...has bluetooth ever worked on the PC?

    If it worked recently try a System Restore in whatever operating system you are running back to a date on or before you remember it working?

    If it never worked try downloading and installing/re-installing the Media Card with Bluetooth Module Drivers for your operating system from Dell's support website here.

    http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...D=INSP_DSKTP_D530&os=WLH&osl=en&catid=&impid=

    Good Luck!
     
  3. nibbs

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    Thanks for the reply.

    When trying to install the driver, I get a message saying "Activate Bluetooth using Fn+F2 or Radio On/Off Switch"

    I've pressed F2, Ctrl-F2, Alt F2, etc, but nothing happens.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Do you have a BlueTooth receiver on your PC?
     
  5. nibbs

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    I assumed it did, but I am totally sure. Is there any way I can test that?
     
  6. warrior19

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    In START----Control Panel----Network Connections is the Bluetooth Adapter listed? Can you ENABLE is by right clicking on the icon?

    Does the media card reader work? Can you read SD cards etc,etc?
     
  7. warrior19

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    The media card reader and bluetooth module are combined hardware in the inspiron 530 hence my question
     
  8. nibbs

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    I couldn't find "Network Connections" but there is an icon that says "Bluetooth Devices"

    I'm not sure how to test that.
     
  9. nibbs

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    test
     
  10. Courtneyc

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    The Dell Inspiron 530s does not have a Bluetooth receiver by default, unless you installed one. Dell certainly didn't install it.

    Note that it is extremely unlikely that a desktop machine come with Bluetooth unless it is designed specifically to be used as a multimedia center. Your's isn't.

    The good news is that the USB dongles are tiny and very cheap. I would recommend the Kensington or the ioGear. Both are tiny dongles that don't require any additional software (it is included with Vista and Windows 7).

    Courtney
     
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    Have you got a set ot 4 slots in the front of the PC that look like they can read tiny cards size of a stamp? If you have a digital camera I mean the memory card used in the camera can be read by these slots/card readers?

    It might not have one? Hence it might not have bluetooth also?

    If the internet is working on the PC and you can find a label on it with your Dell 'Service Tag' goto this website

    http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...s?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&~tab=2&~ck=anavml

    Enter the service tag and it will list what the machine was shipped with when it left Dell? Look in the list for the Media Reader with Bluetooth? If not listed then you have not got one.
     
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    I know it looks like BlueTooth should be already to go, but there is still a need for a receiver for the radio waves. You are certainly not the first person not to realize this. :D Looks like you are in good hands.
     
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