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How do you run Bluetooth anyway? [SOLVED]
« on: January 19, 2019, 01:17:51 am »
Hi, All.

I recently bought a Bluetooth speaker.  Just because.

Thing is, I've never used Bluetooth before.

Someone quickly showed me how to connect it using his phone.

I have the general idea about searching for a Bluetooth device, but I can't seem to duplicate this process on my laptop...   :'(

Anyway, if someone could help clue me in on how to use Bluetooth, that would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
« Last Edit: February 02, 2019, 03:42:33 am by Mynaardt »
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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 02:58:31 am »
HI Mynaardt

First of all make sure your PC/Laptop is Bluetooth capable either built in if not you'll need a Bluetooth adaptor, assuming you have switch on the device you want to connect, then turn on Bluetooth on the PC/Laptop Menu>Settings>Bluetooth Manager

The following box will open



as you can see I have 3 devices already paired to my system

Make sure the device you want to connect is switched on then click Search Bluetooth Manager will now search for any new connected devices as you can see in my case below it's found device 9c-Ed-43-32-38-DB



Click on the newly found device to highlight it then click Setup you will then be asked to pair the device click Next



On the next screen select Audio-Sink then click Next



Your device should now be connected click Close


as you can see your device in now connected and added to the list next you should trust the device by clicking the star symbol at the top



Good luck



Graeme



« Last Edit: January 19, 2019, 03:08:34 am by emegra »
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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 03:49:34 am »
Unfortunately, most of those menu items, when I run the Bluetooth manager are greyed out.

The only things not greyed out and usable are the menu items "view" and "help".  And everything on the toolbar is greyed out.

I didn't see anything mentioning Bluetooth in my inxi -F output (below).

So either I don't have a Bluetooth adaptor, or, I just don't know how to activate it.

Is there some way I can figure out if I even have one or not?
And if I do one that's not running, how do I switch it on?

Thanks for your time, emegra

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System:    Host: user-ThinkPad-T430s Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
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Machine:   Device: laptop System: LENOVO product: 2356CU8 v: ThinkPad T430s serial: N/A
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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 04:06:08 am »
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lspci

output, please.

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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 08:29:41 am »
Hi Mynaardt

It looks like your Laptop doesn't have built in Bluetooth (very few do in my experience) in which case you will need a Bluetooth adaptor  they're relatively inexpensive, but if you post the output pin requested that should confirm it



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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 11:57:37 am »
Hi, pin & emegra:

Clearly I did not know that Bluetooth is not a common thing in laptops.

Anyway, here is the lspci output from my netbook.  I'll have to look at my ThinkPad a bit later, as I'm at the University at the moment.  So, what should I be looking for to say yae or nay to having Bluetooth?

Thanks for your time!

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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
05:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2019, 12:28:02 pm »
No sign of a Bluetooth chip there I'm afraid  :(

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So, what should I be looking for to say yae or nay to having Bluetooth?

All you need is a usb Bluetooth dongle something like this

https://www.amazon.co.uk/BESIGN-Bluetooth-Dongle-Adapter-Windows/dp/B01CLJNDAQ/ref=sr_1_4_sspa?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1547918611&sr=1-4-spons&keywords=bluetooth+dongle&psc=1


Good luck

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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2019, 06:23:53 pm »
Evening Mynaardt - mi old colonial cousin & A Happy New Year to you

This maybe of some assistance:

This is your wifi card:

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/centrino-advanced-n-6205-brief.pdf

Note: No Bluetooth


You could replace it with:

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/centrino-advanced-n-6235-brief.pdf

Note: Bluetooth - Its an upgraded card in the same series so I can't see why it won't work


A quick search turned up this:

https://www.amazon.ca/Centrino-Advanced-N-6235-5ghz-920119/dp/B007QXLIWI/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=centrino-6235&qid=1547939159&sr=8-1

Note: This is not me recommending or advocating you buy from this seller it is purely an example - I'll leave you to research that.

You may wish to upgrade to a higher spec wifi card that is capable of communicating using the latest AC standard (which I have done - though it is of no use to me with my home router as it is not of that same standard) which maybe of similar cost as the N standard one. You may need to check with Lenovo about whats available & compatibility.


Youtube video showing how to access wifi card for replacement:



1. Remove battery
2. Remove back center access panel

See wifi card next to SODIMM (RAM)

3. Remove wifi card (as shown - I would use plastic utensils though)
4. Reverse procedure - hopefully job done

Seems simple as you like. I've done various hardware mods/upgrades to my Dell Laptops (CPU's, SSD/HDD, RAM, Wifi Card, Keyboard, daughter board) some of which have been considerably more involved & with one exception (E6430 speakers which maybe a motherboard fault) everything has been upgraded satisfactorily.

HTH & Good luck  ;)
« Last Edit: January 19, 2019, 06:29:32 pm by Bigoeuf »

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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2019, 01:38:05 am »
Oh well, can't have everything, I guess.

I'll look around to see what's available around here in the way of a Bluetooth adaptor.

At least I could use that on between more than one machine.

A skinflint?  Moi?  No, never.  No!  Yes.  A bit...   ;)

No sign of a Bluetooth chip there I'm afraid  :(

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So, what should I be looking for to say yae or nay to having Bluetooth?

All you need is a usb Bluetooth dongle something like this

https://www.amazon.co.uk/BESIGN-Bluetooth-Dongle-Adapter-Windows/dp/B01CLJNDAQ/ref=sr_1_4_sspa?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1547918611&sr=1-4-spons&keywords=bluetooth+dongle&psc=1


Good luck

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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway?
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2019, 01:41:38 am »
Hi Bigoeuf:

I'll look into that, but I think my best bet might just buying an adaptor.  I have a laptop (well, two if you include the old one), a netbook, and a desktop.

So I figure that would be the easiest way for me to use Bluetooth devices.  I'll just need to price them out around here...

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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway? [SOLVED]
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2019, 03:45:05 am »
Hi, All...

Should've posted this sooner, but I've been busy and/or chronically stunned.    ::)

But anyway...

I ended up buying a USB BlueTooth adaptor.  It works just fine.  As soon as I opened up the BlueTooth manager with that adaptor plugged in everything worked!

Huzzah!
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Re: How do you run Bluetooth anyway? [SOLVED]
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2019, 07:19:24 am »
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