Does my laptop have bluetooth – Does my laptop have Bluetooth? — HP Support Community

does my laptop have bluetooth? how do i switch it on?

Hello I am a ludite. I have heard that my laptop night have bluetooth but when I searched on helo for this the ‘bluetooth wizard’ asked me to add bluetooth adapter. Can anyone help me please? Where can I buy this bluetooth adapter? Is it definite that my laptop has bluetooth? I’ve got a Samsung — whoops that’s all I know! I’ve had it about 18 months if that helps….??!

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Ludite

If you are not sure that you have bluetooth on your computer there is usually a little bluetooth icon that is lite-up on the base of laptop in the keyboard area or Click the START ORB and Click CONTROL PANEL ,then click on HARDWARE AND SOUNDS, then there should be a Bluetooth Icon or option. You can refer to this link if you are having trouble finding it
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/11a74104-645d-40d4-b933-bde5d15537bb1033.mspx#EYCAC
NOTE:
This means just because you have to software dont mean you have the hardware.

Please let us know


Justin M. Microsoft Answers Support Engineer Visit our Microsoft Answers Feedback Forumand let us know what you think.
Look in your purchase documents for your laptop specifications. Look in the product manual. You can also look in Device Manager (Control Panel) to see what hardware is in your computer.


MS-MVP — Elephant Boy Computers — Don’t Panic!

Ludite

If you are not sure that you have bluetooth on your computer there is usually a little bluetooth icon that is lite-up on the base of laptop in the keyboard area or Click the START ORB and Click CONTROL PANEL ,then click on HARDWARE AND SOUNDS, then there should be a Bluetooth Icon or option. You can refer to this link if you are having trouble finding it
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/11a74104-645d-40d4-b933-bde5d15537bb1033.mspx#EYCAC
NOTE:
This means just because you have to software dont mean you have the hardware.

Please let us know


Justin M. Microsoft Answers Support Engineer Visit our Microsoft Answers Feedback Forumand let us know what you think.
i have the same problem ..i have a blutooth sign on my laptop n i followed the instuctions that you gave but ….i didnt deam 2 find any thing to do with bluetooth in the hardware n sounds file…plz help…:)
I cant be sure if you have bluetooth or not scince you only know that it is a samsung. One way to find out is a utility called speccy and is avalible free for download at www.piriform.com. If you dont have bluetooth than there are some very well priced and small ones avalible at www.shophde.com.
get adapter from amazon i got one
thank you for your advice

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What version of the Bluetooth standard does my computer / laptop / tablet support? — Bluetooth and USB 3

On any modern version of Windows the process to discover the version of Bluetooth supported by your adapter is basically the same. Just follow these simple steps…

1) First we need to open a “Run command” box. On any fairly modern Windows computer there should be a Windows Key on your keyboard. Press Windows Key + R. If this doesn’t work or you can’t find the Windows Key just go to the start menu and you should find a Run link near the bottom of the list of options.

2) In the Run Command window type devmgmt.msc and then press enter. If you are now prompted to confirm this step due to the Windows security settings on your computer just click the Yes button.

3) In the Device Manager expand the Bluetooth category of items. Look for the Bluetooth adapter device. It’s name will vary depending on your exact hardware but it will usually refer to something such as «Bluetooth Radio» or , «Bluetooth Adapter». It may also actually list the revision of the Bluetooth standard it supports (as in the screenshot below). If that is the case you can ignore step 4 as you have your answer!

If you’re having problems locating the correct item from the list one thing is for certain; the item you need to locate in the list will not contain the word Enumerator, so ignore all such entries.

4) Double click to open the properties of the device you believe to be the main Bluetooth adapter. You will know straight away if you are in the correct item as you should see an “Advanced” tab with contents like that shown below.

 

What you need to locate in this screen is the “LMP version” (Link Manager Protocol). Use the table below to translate the LMP version of your Bluetooth adapter to the actual revision of Bluetooth supported. Note that your LMP version may be a decimal number. In the example above the number is 6.1280. As the LMP table shows, any LMP number starting with 6 indicates that your adapter supports up to and including version 4 of the Bluetooth standard.

LMPBluetooth Version
0Bluetooth 1.0b
1Bluetooth 1.1
2Bluetooth 1.2
3Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
4Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
5Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
6Bluetooth 4.0
7Bluetooth 4.1
8Bluetooth 4.2
9Bluetooth 5

Is your adapter supporting a Bluetooth revision much lower than the current 4.0 / 4.1 specification?  If it is then using a new Bluetooth adapter in your computer may help improve reception. If you are using devices that send a lot of data such as constant streaming audio or video then you really want ensure that both adapter and device are at least compatible with Bluetooth version 3.0 + HS.

 

 

If for some reason you were not able to determine the Bluetooth revision supported your computer click here for some other ideas.

On Apple OS X you can discover the version of Bluetooth supported by your adapter by following these simple steps…

1) Click the apple menu in the main system menu
2) Click on “About this Mac” in the menu
3) Click the “More info” button
4) Click the “System Report” button
5) On the left hand side select “Bluetooth” (under “Hardware”)
6) Down the list of information you should find LMP version.   Click here to view a screenshot of what you should see
7) Use the table below to translate the LMP version (Link Manager Protocol) to the Bluetooth version your adapter uses. Note that in OSX it is very likely that the LMP version listed starts «0x». Ignore that and locate the number following the «x»:

LMPBluetooth Version
0Bluetooth 1.0b
1Bluetooth 1.1
2Bluetooth 1.2
3Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
4Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
5Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
6Bluetooth 4.0
7Bluetooth 4.1
8Bluetooth 4.2
9Bluetooth 5

Is your adapter less than the current 4.x specification? Whilst there is no guarantee that this will resolve the problem you may want to consider upgrading your Bluetooth adapter.

If you experience bluetooth related problems with your iOS device it could be due to it’s vicinity to USB 3 or other electronic devices producing electrical interference so the first thing to do is to try your Bluetooth device with the iOS mobile/tablet in different locations and away from anything you know could interfere.

If you are experiencing connectivity problems then maybe our general troubleshooting tips can help.

If you experience bluetooth related problems with your Android device it could be due to it’s vicinity to USB 3 or other electronic devices producing electrical interference so the first thing to do is to try your Bluetooth device with the Android mobile/tablet in different locations and away from anything you know could interfere

If you are experiencing connectivity problems then maybe our general troubleshooting tips can help.

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Does My Computer Have Bluetooth? Read This to Find Out

Just the word Bluetooth sounds so modern and futuristic, it kind of gets you to think of a cute little blue alien, almost like E.T! It’s a far simpler yet an extremely useful little invention (from our very own planet Earth!), that has in many ways made our lives a lot easier. Since its conception way back in 1994 by the giants in communication technology, Ericsson, it has found its way into almost every gadget conceivable. Bluetooth is essentially a wireless technology which enables you to transfer data seamlessly between two compatible devices (newer versions support more devices) over short distances (most effective within the line of sight of the devices). Over the years, this revolutionary technology has been tweaked and refined further, and is almost a standard feature in even the most basic phones and other gadgets in the market. The Bluetooth chip itself is extremely small, but has many diverse applications. This is the main reason most electronic companies, and mind you not just the big names, have received this invention with open arms, and have incorporated it into their many devices.

Uses in Computers
Bluetooth also finds its many uses in the modern computer, mainly to transfer files and other data, to-and-fro from the computer to another Bluetooth-enabled device like another computer, a microphone, a smartphone, music player, television sets, and many such devices. For instance, if both the devices have a compatible Bluetooth chip, you can easily stream movies and other images from your computer onto your TV, all with the touch of a button. You can even make calls or listen to music wirelessly using a Bluetooth headset, without the world around you knowing what’s happening (although your loved ones might just get a little worried when you waltz around the house without any music playing!). You can also spook your friends by having them believe that your computer has been possessed, as you secretly control your computer with your smartphone. With the many Bluetooth-enabled mice and keyboards available in the market today, you can choose to sit in one corner of the room and access your computer wirelessly (although you might want to get yourself a pair of binoculars or a giant computer screen!). The applications are almost endless, and it’s up to you what you choose to use them for.

Is My Computer Bluetooth-enabled?
Although most personal computers do not come with an on board Bluetooth receiver, you can easily get yourself a Bluetooth dongle and plug it into your computer’s USB slot and you’d be good to go. To check if you in fact have a Bluetooth-enabled PC, here’s what you could do.

Read through the specifications of your machine in your computer’s user manual (the big encyclopedia-esque book that came along with your computer!)

Check with the computer store you picked your PC from

Look it up on your computer manufacturer’s website

Follow the undermentioned path to navigate through your computer’s Control Panel

Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Bluetooth Devices
If you see a device listed here, felicidades!, yours is amongst the few computers in the market that come with Bluetooth on board.

If you are a Mac user, you could check to see if you have Bluetooth on board by following the path mentioned below.

Apple > System Preferences > View > Bluetooth
If you have a Bluetooth device showing here, you have the Bluetooth hardware in place (which can be enabled from the Bluetooth Preferences tab).

Most modern laptops have Bluetooth on board, but to make sure, you could follow the same path as mentioned above, depending on the operating system you are running on your machine.

How to go Blue!
If you too want a piece of all the Bluetooth action going on, you could always get yourself one of the many Bluetooth devices available in the market today. These are extremely small, and real cheap plug-in and play devices easily available in the market, or you could even pick it up online. Once you have the hardware in place, you need to install the Bluetooth drivers and software. These usually come in the CD that comes along with your Bluetooth dongle. If you can’t find your software CD, you could always download the software from the Internet. One of the best Bluetooth software in the market today is BlueSoleil, which offers you multiple functionality with the way you use your computer via Bluetooth. These software are very easy to install, and more often than not come with a step-by-step guide on how to proceed with the installation, and go about using the software. Once you have all these in place, you’d be all geared up to do some serious data transferring (although you cannot hope to get the same speed as you would get with a wired connection).

At the risk of sounding melodramatic (and overtly so!), we could say that men were always meant to be free, never to be tied down by anything; Bluetooth technology or rather the Bluetooth revolution has set us free of our WearI(RE)some shackles (well at least the wires don’t show anymore!) that bound us to our machines.

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How to Determine If Your PC Has Bluetooth Capability

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  3. How to Determine If Your PC Has Bluetooth Capability

By Dan Gookin

Like everything else in your computer, Bluetooth requires both hardware and software. A Bluetooth adapter supplies Bluetooth hardware. If your PC didn’t come with the Bluetooth hardware installed, you can easily add it by purchasing a Bluetooth USB dongle.

To determine whether your PC has Bluetooth hardware, check the Device Manager for Bluetooth Radio. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel.

  2. Choose Hardware and Sound, and then choose Device Manager.

    In Windows 7, the Device Manager link is found beneath the Devices and Printers heading; in Windows Vista, Device Manager is its own heading.

  3. In Windows Vista, click the Continue button or type the administrator’s password.

  4. Look for the item Bluetooth Radios in the list.

    If the item is there, your PC has Bluetooth hardware installed, and you can safely assume that the software has been set up as well.

  5. Close the various windows you opened.

The Bluetooth software is supplied by Windows, as well as by whatever installation disc comes with the Bluetooth hardware. After it’s set up, you’ll most likely use the Bluetooth icon in the notification area to manage various connections and settings. The Bluetooth icon is shown in the margin.

  • The Bluetooth icon in the notification area is the means by which you do most Bluetoothy things in Windows.

  • In Windows 7, you see the Bluetooth hardware listed in the Devices and Printers window. You can use that window, and the Add a Device toolbar button, to browse for and connect Bluetooth gizmos to your computer.

  • Windows Vista allows you to access Bluetooth via the Control Panel. It’s located in the Hardware and Sound category and has its own heading, Bluetooth Devices.

  • Bluetooth devices are paired, which means that a Bluetooth gizmo is assigned to work with only one device at a time. The pairing process is part of connecting a Bluetooth gizmo.

  • The wireless networking used by Bluetooth isn’t as robust as the Wi-Fi wireless networking. For the most part, Bluetooth is a low-powered system. You can’t move a Bluetooth gizmo more than 10 feet or so from its paired device without losing the signal.


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Bluetooth has dissapeared from my Pavilion Laptop — How do I… — HP Support Community

@Dave136

 

Happy New Year to you! Thanks for reaching out to us on HP Support Forums. 🙂 I came across your post and would like to help.

 

I understand that you have an HP Pavilion Notebook — 15t-ab100 and the Bluetooth is no longer available on your laptop. I appreciate the steps you have performed and have certainly done a good job.

 

I would like to know if any changes (hardware or software) took place recently on your laptop after which the Bluetooth may have stopped working. 

 

I recommend you to perform the following steps to isolate the issue and arrive at a fix: 

Make sure that Wi-Fi communication is turned on (notebook computers only).

If Wi-Fi communication is disabled, or Airplane Mode is enabled, the computer does not send or receive a Bluetooth signal. Follow these steps to turn on Wi-Fi:

  • In Windows, search for and open Turn wireless communication on or off.

  • Check the status of wireless devices. Make sure Wi-Fi is turned On and Airplane mode is turned Off.

Figure: Windows 10: Toggle switch to turn wireless devices on or off

 

Figure: Windows 8: Toggle switch to turn wireless devices on or off

 

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on and discoverable:

Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on and set to be discoverable on the device. When a device is set to be discoverable, it uses radio signals to broadcast its location to other Bluetooth devices and computers.

  • A device such as a wireless mouse or a keyboard might have a button on it that you need to push.

  • A device such as a Bluetooth mobile phone might have a setting in the menu that you need to select to turn on Bluetooth so the device can be discovered. 

  • NOTE: If you do not know how to set your device to be discoverable, check the information that came with your device or go to the manufacturer website.

  • A device such as computer might need to have the Discovery setting turned on.

    To turn on Discovery in Windows, search for and open Change Bluetooth settings.

    The Bluetooth Settings window opens.

    In the Discovery area on the Options tab, click Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC, and then click OK.

  • Figure: Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC selection in the Bluetooth Settings window

Check device settings and location:

 

Check the following items to troubleshoot Bluetooth issues.

  • Make sure the device is turned on, is not low on battery power, and is not in sleep mode.

  • Make sure the device is within wireless range of your computer, usually within six to nine feet. If you are not sure if the device is in range, move it closer to your computer, or put the device and computer in the same room.

  • Make sure there are no other devices interfering with the wireless device, such as microwave ovens, cordless phones, or other wireless devices.

  • If your computer uses an external Bluetooth adapter, make sure the adapter is attached and installed, and is working correctly.

  • If Bluetooth is integrated in your computer, especially a notebook computer, make sure the Bluetooth radio transmitter is turned on. Many notebook computers have a button to turn the transmitter on and off. If you are not sure how to turn on the transmitter, check the information that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer website.

 

If the issue still persists then you may go through the steps from this link. The link provides steps for Windows 8 and would also work for Windows 10: Troubleshooting Bluetooth wireless technology

 

Feel free to let me know how it goes. Cheers! 🙂

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