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Strommer
12-06-2013, 10:19 AM
Is there a Bluetooth dongle that works with Win7 ? (for my desktop PC)

Last year I tried two bluetooth dongles but neither works with Win7 and yes I did update the drivers, etc.
The first one I tried was my fault as it was clearly marked "XP/Vista" and not Win7, but the other one
was supposed to be Win7 compatible. I just did a search on Pricespy and checked several dongles but
cannot see any that are for Win7.

Thanks.

Speedy Gonzales
12-06-2013, 10:39 AM
Go to the manufacturer's site if you know the brand/model. If its Win7 compat, the drivers maybe there. Win7 may also have drivers. Just because pricespy doesnt say anything about Win7, it doesnt mean it wont work

Strommer
12-06-2013, 11:58 AM
Go to the manufacturer's site if you know the brand/model. If its Win7 compat, the drivers maybe there. Win7 may also have drivers. Just because pricespy doesnt say anything about Win7, it doesnt mean it wont work

Of course - I have done that but cannot find anything so am wondering if anyone on PF1
has used one that actually works with Win7. As I stated, I did buy one that was marked Win7 but it does not work.

inphinity
12-06-2013, 12:09 PM
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=/ID=20058/SID=483939432/productdetails.html

wainuitech
12-06-2013, 01:09 PM
When you say it updated the drivers did it install them OK or were there errors ?

Windows should automatically install them. If the drivers did install OK, you have to actually tell windows to connect to the booth device - you go to the Icon try, click on the Bluetooth Icon, then in the window click Add Device.

They should work OK, Mine I have here was out even before Vista, and it works good with W7.

Strommer
12-06-2013, 03:44 PM
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=/ID=20058/SID=483939432/productdetails.html

Thanks for that. I will try to get the dongle that I bought last year to work but if no go then I will order the one in your link.

Wainuitech, IIRC there were no errors and everything installed correctly but it simply did not work. I tried quite a few times over several days to get it to work but gave up in the end. I did follow the procedure as you have given. Thanks for the suggestions though.

wratterus
12-06-2013, 03:55 PM
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=/ID=20058/SID=483939432/productdetails.html

I can second that dongle - works sweet plug and play in Win7.

Strommer
22-06-2013, 04:01 PM
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=/ID=20058/SID=483939432/productdetails.html

It arrived today but I cannot get it to work. :(

The encolsed mini CD was for XP only so I plugged it in a USB port and everything installed quickly, without errors.

When I click on the System Tray BT icon and select Send or Receive a File, the pop up box is dead - it will not allow me to add a file or to do anything else (exept "Cancel" exits the pop up window).

I have checked my Android phone and it sends JPEG pics to my ASUS netbook quickly, no problems.

What to do now? I have not rebooted the PC as too much is displayed and running so I would rather not boot uless necessary.

Strommer
22-06-2013, 04:44 PM
Additional info: In Device Manager the BT is visible and checks that it is working properly.

wainuitech
22-06-2013, 05:23 PM
Sounds like its working -- On every BT device I have connected, once the Dongle is installed, you then go to the device you want to connect to, make sure its discoverable. ( very important)


The following is connecting my phone to a W7 PC:

On the Bluetooth icon on the computer, tell it to add a device ( top option as in this picture) :

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It will then scan for the device(s) - may take a few minutes, once found it will show any devices:

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Click the device, then next, you will get a code -

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The code window opens on the device, you enter in the code provided, then its connected.

THEN and only then can you send the device a file. If you dont connect it the PC has'nt got a clue as to where its meant to be sending a file, THATS why the pop up box wont work.

Strommer
22-06-2013, 08:50 PM
Thanks but yes I did make sure that my phone was "Discoverable", and I did this several times - it is a main point and I forgot to include this.

I appreciate the examples that you gave, but I am familiar with this as I have done so with other phones and other computers (of friends).

What else could I check?

wainuitech
22-06-2013, 09:15 PM
Just a thought -- What USB port are you using ?

On my computer in the office ( which the pic's were from) the BT & phone will only work when connected to a rear USB port - when connected to the front ports, the Dongle installs OK, but wont pick up the phone.

This is actually a bit strange because the rear port has a 1 mtr cable going to a USB 4 port hub, powered by the USB port.

gary67
22-06-2013, 09:22 PM
I keep my cheap dongle bought from Playtech (make unknown at this point) plugged into a front port

Strommer
23-06-2013, 02:23 PM
Yesterday I did try a front USB port and a port on a squid off a rear USB port.
Today I tried the BT dongle on a rear port (not via the squid). I have also rebooted, but still the BT dongle is not working.

However this may be the problem:
using Hardware and Devices - Troubleshooting, the result = "Windows Update configured to never install drivers."
Well, I do not remember opting for that configuration, and I cannot see a way to change this.

What now?

Strommer
23-06-2013, 05:02 PM
This may be the problem (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/cant-open-devices-and-printers-in-control-panel/1a331ed7-1fb6-4e77-a90f-352815d335df). (It is occuring on my PC. Will attempt to rectify the problem later.)

But how do I configure Windows Update to accept driver updates?

wainuitech
24-06-2013, 09:05 AM
This may be the problem (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/cant-open-devices-and-printers-in-control-panel/1a331ed7-1fb6-4e77-a90f-352815d335df). (It is occuring on my PC. Will attempt to rectify the problem later.)

But how do I configure Windows Update to accept driver updates?

windows7/automatically-get-recommended-drivers-and-updates-for-your-hardware (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-nz/windows7/automatically-get-recommended-drivers-and-updates-for-your-hardware)

Strommer
24-06-2013, 04:03 PM
This may be the problem (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/cant-open-devices-and-printers-in-control-panel/1a331ed7-1fb6-4e77-a90f-352815d335df). (It is occuring on my PC. Will attempt to rectify the problem later.)



Thanks wainuitech. I will check that once I get the problem solved (yep, dragging :dogeye: my feet to fix it... )

Speedy Gonzales
25-06-2013, 01:22 PM
I wouldnt rely on WU for drivers. It may install one, but it may also be stuffed / corrupt / or buggy

wratterus
25-06-2013, 03:51 PM
I wouldnt rely on WU for drivers. It may install one, but it may also be stuffed / corrupt / or buggy

Windows 7 is a lot more reliable than previous version with the driver updates, and in this case, more than one of us has used the exact piece of hardware with WU drivers with no issues.

Speedy Gonzales
25-06-2013, 04:00 PM
True doesnt mean all drivers will work properly tho