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timmy5953
13-01-2010, 03:23 PM
I have a new Toshiba 500 Laptop with Windows 7. It has only 2 USB ports (plus a 3rd one with the Ethernet port which doubles as a USB port if i unplug the Ethernet cx to my brdband modem.) So to preserve my few USB connections i tried a BlueTooth mouse which, according to its instructions should not need a BT dongle if the computer itself was said to be BT ready. I understand that the cmputer is, but it cant "find" the mouse.

What hardware/device/firmware do i check to find out whether the laptop is capable of using BT devices?

If laptop is not capable what do I need to make it so? (surely not a dongle for each connexion!)

Is there such a thing as a USB "multi-plug", which wd give me 2 or more USB ports from the use of 1?(like a double electric power plug)
I am considering getting a wireless modem to enable me to log on from various parts of the house. (& wd also give me a USB port back). ANy tricks or issues i shd watch out for in buying a BT modem? I dont plan a home network, just the one laptop able to get on-line when within range of the wireless modem.

Speedy Gonzales
13-01-2010, 03:25 PM
Is BT on? Does it show a BT icon on this laptop? Does it show BT in device manager?? That'll tell you if BT is on it. Click on BT in control panel. You may get wireless modems, dont know about BT ones. Theyre not the same thing

PinoyKiw
13-01-2010, 05:12 PM
Is there such a thing as a USB "multi-plug", which wd give me 2 or more USB ports from the use of 1?(like a double electric power plug)

You can get USB extenders if that is the right term for them, eg: I have a logitech 4 plug hole extender that powers off the laptop so that takes up one of my available USB slots but gives me 4 on the extender, same sort of thing as found on a power switch board thingee.

Not sure of the price in NZ, I got mine in Australia for about $19.

gary67
13-01-2010, 05:42 PM
You mean a USB hub? you do have to be careful with those as some devices draw more power than a hub can supply since the power is dived into 4 from a single USB header

feersumendjinn
13-01-2010, 06:57 PM
A powered hub would be better
http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/product/XH5800
Exactly what model Toshiba have you got?

the computer itself was said to be BT ready
This might mean it can be added.:o

timmy5953
13-01-2010, 11:13 PM
To answer some questions -
The laptop is a Toshiba Satelite Pro L500,4Gb RAM, 32 bit Optng System,2 processor cores,221Gb HDisk with 182 free, Netwrk adaptors = Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller and an Intel (R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN. Windows7.

The Laptops User Guide says "The computer's wireless communication function supports both Wireless LAN and Bluetooth devices."

Control Panel/Devices & Printers/ does not show any BT devices. Clicking Add a device responds with "Searching for devices. Make sure yr device is discoverable". So i swich the BT mouse power on, making it blink a red light to show that its going. but the cmptr just doesnt find it, or anything at all.

feersumendjinn
14-01-2010, 12:36 AM
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp
Looking at this site, under the Product Support button, they list six L500 models, none of which have Bluetooth built in,

The computer's wireless communication function supports both Wireless LAN and Bluetooth devices.

Netwrk adaptors = Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller and an Intel (R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN
No mention of Bluetooth in 2nd quote :D.
I would say it supports BT but you supply the dongle.
http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/adet.to?poid=429172
(Did you not get a dongle with the mouse?)

BT ADSL modems dont appear to be available in NZ (if thats where you are).
http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=bluetooth+adsl+modemsnz&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

bk T
14-01-2010, 12:49 AM
What brand is the BT mouse you're having?

Try this:

Start / (type bluetooth) / connect / press the connect button on the bt mouse. It should now be connected.

I had a similar problem a while ago with a Sony bt mouse and it took me quite a while to get it connected!

Burnzee
14-01-2010, 04:22 PM
Hi Timmy

Let us know the Toshiba Part Number for your Laptop. Find it on the bottom of your computer - something like: PSLXXX-XXXXXX. The X represents a letter or a number. Then I can find out if your model has Intregated Bluetooth.

Try to find a program called Toshiba Assist in your program list. Open it and click Connect Tab. See if Bluetooth is listed there.

Again look for Toshiba in your program list, is Bluetooth listed here?

I know the above two instructions sound similar but they are two seperate things.

Check out Start Up in your program list too. Is Bluetooth Manager there? Had a similar problem with my Toshiba A/100 a few months ago. The guys on this forum did their best to help but to no avail. The penny dropped when I realised Bluetooth Manager was not starting after booting. Fixed that, no problems since.

Hope this helps.

BURNZEE

timmy5953
15-01-2010, 10:17 PM
thanks to all for help so far. I'm learning a LOT! Some more answers -

after a long search with Toshiba Assist i got to Basic Information which includes -
Model Name Satellite Pro L500
Part Number PSLS1A-01200K
Serial Number 99430815K
OS Version Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 6.1.7600
BIOS Version V1.60
CPU Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5870 @ 2.00GHz
Physical Memory 4096MB RAM
Hard Disk Capacity 237,405,990,912 [Byte] 221.102 [GB]
Hard Disk Free Space Capacity 194,320,506,880 [Byte] 180.975 [GB]
Video Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family version=8.15.10.1883
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 Pixels
Color Quality True Color (32 Bit)
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio version=6.0.1.5904
Network Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller version=7.3.522.2009 MAC Address=00:26:22:33:BD:1D
Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN version=13.0.0.107 MAC Address=00:1E:65:AE:4F:BE
Modem TOSHIBA Software Modem version=2.2.97.0
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385
IDE Device FUJITSU MJA2250BH G2
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C FW version=TF01 "

The brand of the BT mouse i am trying to get found is uncertain, but it comes from a reputable TradeMe vendor who assured it wd wirk with a BT enabled cmptr, or if not enabled, then with a BTDongle (which i assumed i wd not need , thereby "saving" one USB port, which is where i came in!)


Check out Start Up in your program list too. Is Bluetooth Manager there? I'm not clear on whether i found entire Start Up pgm list but if i did, its not there.

I would say it supports BT but you supply the dongle.
http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/adet.to?poid=429172I think youre right.This seems to be the answer
-Features:

* Adds Bluetooth wireless capability to your PC
* Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, Class 2 compliant with low power consumption
* Small enough to be left in the USB port of your computer
* Connect up to 7 different Bluetooth-enabled devices
* Wireless communications within a radius of 33 feet (Max., Unobstructed)
* Toshiba Bluetooth Stack v6.30.03 included
* Support full speed USB v1.1 interface.
and for $29 that is very satisfactory.

(Did you not get a dongle with the mouse?) No


BT ADSL modems dont appear to be available in NZ (if thats where you are). Thats a surprise. I thought BT technology was well established and i wd just be catching up. Is BT a better wireless system than wi fi (or whatever the conventional wireless sytem is called)? yes im in NZ (& very thankful for that!)
in summmary, it looks like my laptop is not enabled for BT devices but for the cost of 1 uSB port & $29, i can fix that.

Speedy Gonzales
15-01-2010, 10:24 PM
This shows the specs (http://www.mytoshiba.co.nz/products/notebooks/satellite/pro/l500/psls1a-01200k/specifications#details) but doesnt show bluetooth