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Topic # 6843 27-Feb-2006 03:03
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Right then, i recently got a new phone with bluetooth (never had it before) and I also got a new laptop which is a Dell Inspiron 6000. On the laptop it had a bluetooth icon along with the wireless and caps icons etc.... So i'm assuming this lights up when bluetooth is active as the wireless and caps do, therefore leading me to believe that this laptop comes bluetooth enabled without having to buy additional hardware/software.

Having read a few things in help and on forums I continuously read that I should go to control panel, then, printers and other hardware and then to click on the bluetooth devices. However I do not have this bluetooth button here or anywhere else in my control panel.

So basically, should my laptop be bluetooth ready? Should the bluetooth icon be in the control panel? If the answer is yes to these then why isn't it working and what can I do to solve the problem?

My apologies if I am showing myself up here by asking stupid questions and showing inferior knowladge, lol.

Any help or comments will be greatly appreciated, thanks alot


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Reply # 29410 27-Feb-2006 07:33
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Not all Bluetooth software will add the icon to the Control Panel. Some have the icon in the System Tray.

Also, try turning on the Bluetooth on this laptop (it should have a keyboard Alt-[key] combination for this). When the Bluetooth is on for the first time it should notify you, or install some driver.

Some manufacturers sell laptops as "Bluetooth ready". It doesn't mean it comes with Bluetooth, it means that there's a special connector inside for an adapter to be inserted - later, and preferably theirs.

So, confirm on your invoice, or manual or open the Device Manager and check that there's actually a Bluetooth adapter there...

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