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HP Notebook PCs - Using Bluetooth Devices (Windows XP)
This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows XP.
Some HP notebooks are sold with built-in Bluetooth wireless capabilities. The Bluetooth notebook adapter makes short-range radio connections to a wireless Personal Area Network (PAN) and can access other Bluetooth-compatible devices, such as other computers, cell phones, audio headsets, a mouse, and printers.
Since the Bluetooth function connects the computer by radio rather than through cables, the devices can be moved around and remain connected to the computer. Bluetooth devices can automatically connect to the computer when they enter the computer's service area. The typical service area for computers or cell phones is about 30 feet (9 meters); however, it is only about 3 feet (1 meter) for a headset or keyboard.
Some of the common Bluetooth problems will display an error message. You can search the Microsoft and HP web sites using the exact message for information on the causes and solutions.
To establish a connection and transfer a file between two Bluetooth-enabled computers or between a mobile device, such as a cell phone, MP3 player, or PDA and a computer, you should:
Verify the computer has a Bluetooth device
The Bluetooth icon may display in the system tray even if the computer does not have a Bluetooth device. The product specification documents that came with the computer specify if your computer does or does not have a Bluetooth device.
This document only applies to HP computers that have installed:
This document does not support Windows Bluetooth without these XP updates.
If your computer does not have a Bluetooth device, you can hide the Bluetooth icon.
The HP Wireless Assistant can also be used to Verify the device is installed and enabled . The HP Wireless Assistant only lists wireless devices that are installed on the computer.
To hide, or show, the Bluetooth icon, do the following:
The Bluetooth icon no longer displays in the system tray.
Verify the device is turned on
Most notebooks have a switch or button on the case that sends power to the Bluetooth and wireless network devices. An indicator light glows blue when the Bluetooth or WiFi communication devices are turned on. The light glows amber when power to the device is turned off. The indicator light does not glow at all when power to the device is turned off. The HP Wireless Assistant software must be used to enable or disable the individual wireless functions.
Verify the device is installed and enabled with HP Network Assistant
The HP Wireless Assistant allows you to verify that a Bluetooth device is installed and to check the status of the wireless devices on the computer. To enable the Bluetooth device, do the following:
If you have removed the HP Wireless Assistant, it can be reinstalled using the Recovery Manager service.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation of the HP Wireless Assistant.
Configure the computer as a host
To configure the computer as a host, you must set it up to broadcast its signal so that other Bluetooth devices can find and pair with it. After the host computer is successfully paired with the desired Bluetooth device, you should return to the Bluetooth Configuration screen and turn broadcasting off to keep your computer secure.
Before using the computer to access other Bluetooth devices, some basic settings should be configured. The configuration will allow the computer to act as a host and enable it to connect to other devices. Once you verify the Bluetooth switch is turned on and the device is enabled, do the following:
Understanding protocols for sending or receiving files
Most computers with Bluetooth wireless capabilities support the following common protocols for transferring data. To use either protocol, both devices must support the same protocol (check the other device's Bluetooth documentation). Also, for security, during the transfer of files, the Bluetooth devices will prompt you to enter a passkey or pairing code so the devices can recognize each other.
Transfer a file from the host computer to another device
After the computer has been configured as a host and is set to be discovered by another device, you can transfer a file by using the Windows Explorer. Both devices, the host computer and the mobile device, must have Bluetooth turned on. Remember that during the transfer, you will be prompted to enter a passkey or pairing code so the devices can recognize each other. You will need to enter the same pairing code into both devices within 10 to 15 seconds.
With both of the Bluetooth devices physically located near each other so you can enter information, do the following:
When the devices recognize each other, the file transfer begins.
Now that the devices recognize each other, it is easier to transfer a file:
Connect to a Bluetooth printer or serial device
Configure the Bluetooth audio
To configure the Bluetooth audio, you must set it up to broadcast its signal so that other Bluetooth devices can find and pair with it. After the host computer is successfully paired with the desired Bluetooth device, you should return and turn broadcasting off to keep your computer secure.
Troubleshoot Bluetooth audio problems
If the audio application was playing before you connected the headset, the headset may not work. Try stopping and restarting the playback application. Sound should be audible through the headset after restarting the playback application.
If you move out of the reception area for the headset or turn it off, an error message may display.
Figure 8: Error message example
If such an error message occurs, go through the startup and connection again.