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#1 weybrew

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 05:11 PM

My older PC does not have Bluetooth. I heard that all I needed to do was add/install a Bluetooth adapter. I have tried this twice with 2 different devices... neither works. I see the Bluetooth listed in the Bluetooth Settings page, but it does not work, and the Bluetooth icon is not in the Action Center. Can someone tell me how to get Bluetooth up and running, please?

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:45 PM

See this page.

 

https://superuser.com/questions/1017867/make-windows-10-recognize-bluetooth-dongle-as-bluetooth



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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:56 PM

Bluetooth dongles are usually plug n' play.  Have you looked in Device Manager to see if the Bluetooth device has an exclamation point on it?

 

Since there is no toggle at the top to toggle Bluetooth On/Off in the screenshot you posted something's not running, and it could be either the Bluetooth device driver itself or the service.  If there's no exclamation point on the device in device manager do the following:

 

Hit WinKey+R

 

Type services.msc in the run box then hit enter.

 

In the services dialog, check the state of the three services that start with "Bluetooth" in their names.  Make certain that the Bluetooth Support Service is shown as running.  If it shows stopped, then select it, right click, and select 'Start' from the context menu.


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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:52 AM

Thanks for the reply, JohnC, and for the link.



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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:55 AM

Bluetooth dongles are usually plug n' play.  Have you looked in Device Manager to see if the Bluetooth device has an exclamation point on it?

 

Since there is no toggle at the top to toggle Bluetooth On/Off in the screenshot you posted something's not running, and it could be either the Bluetooth device driver itself or the service.  If there's no exclamation point on the device in device manager do the following:

 

Hit WinKey+R

 

Type services.msc in the run box then hit enter.

 

In the services dialog, check the state of the three services that start with "Bluetooth" in their names.  Make certain that the Bluetooth Support Service is shown as running.  If it shows stopped, then select it, right click, and select 'Start' from the context menu.

Thanks for the reply, britechguy. There were no yellow markers in Device Manager, but none of the Bluetooth services were running. I have enabled them and things are working. Thanks for the info... I would never have found these.






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