Bluetooth problems - disgusted!

By macx
Mar 20, 2008
  1. Recently acquired a used laptop, hp Compaq nc8230
    XP Pro sp2, bluetooth

    Bought a bluetooth mouse and keyboard and thought I was all set.


    They worked fine for a day or 2, now the keyboard won't connect
    although the laptop bluetooth finds it, lists the pin #, but still
    won't connect when I press enter. Says Ihave to press the connect
    button. But that doesn't make the connection.

    And when the mouse goes to sleep, or I shut it off, then try to
    get it going again, it's supposed to wake up just by clicking any
    button. Nope again. More and more I have to restart the computer
    to get it to connect to the mouse.

    So, started researching. Found there's a number of different
    mfg's and each one has it's own drivers! And I can't just download
    and install the mfg's drivers for my devices, that would be too easy!
    They don't support "embedded" bluetooth devices even tho they made them.
    I have to go thru some complicated rigamarole doing something
    or other with hp's configuration, something like overlaying MS's
    bluetooth whatever over it, and a whole long list of steps that mostly
    only an IT engineer would understand.

    Where does it say there can't be a standard for bluetooth with
    everyone using the same setup, software, and drivers!?

    At least the "old fashioned" plain old wireless devices just plain
    worked when you hooked them up. Irregardless of who made them.

    Any helpful tips in basically plain English appreciated, but after
    what I read tonite, - - anybody want to buy a new bluetooth keyboard
    and mouse?
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,260   +92

    You have the same/similar threads here:

    Bluetooth connectivity problems 3/19/08 08:01PM
    Power hungry bluetooth? 3/19/08 08:06PM

    Be patient, and if you feel your thread is long gone and it won't be seen, bump it. Starting an identical thread doesn't help the forum, and it's not going to get you an answer any faster.
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 710

    The power hungry thread asks a question about battery life in bluetooth devices - I didn't see anything relating to that in my last thread about connectivity problems. And I thought posting the problem thread in another section might expose it to someone that wouldn't see it in the other section. I don't browse all sections - I normally just go to a section that applies to my specific concern if I'm posting a question or looking for info on a specific subject.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,260   +92

    The thread you've just started would of been fine as a continuation of the other thread. In fact, being that you were receiving help there, it would of been better for you.

    Do as you please... :).
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