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Get your Windows Vista upgraded Fujitsu (Siemens) Lifebook T4210 working with Bluetooth
Posted by Arne Hess - at Thursday, 25.01.07 - 19:54:24 CET under Digital - Gadgets - Viewed 32701x

Wow, Fujitsu Siemens really gave me a hard time to get my Bluetooth working correctly. First, Fujitsu Siemens isn't offering Windows Vista Bluetooth drivers yet but is saying anything about license blah blah blah... Ok, not a big deal at all since Toshiba offers Bluetooth drivers for Windows Vista already, I've downloaded and installed after I've upgraded to Windows Vista Business. Nevertheless, I'm not a big fan of Toshiba's Bluetooth implementation. While their Bluetooth stack offers a fantastic range of supported profiles, I had massive problems using the two profiles I'm using most: ActiveSync to wirelessly sync my Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones with my Notebook/Tablet PC and DUN (dial-up networking) to access the Internet via UMTS, using my Pocket PC.
ActiveSync completely failed (I wasn't able to sync via Bluetooth) and DUN had massive problems to establish and keep a stable connection.
Therefore I was trying everything the past 24 hours to get rid of the Toshiba Bluetooth stack but get the original Windows Vista Bluetooth stack working and here's what I did to manage it:

  • Update the Bios
  • Upgrade your Lifebook T4210 to Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Install all Windows Vista Beta drivers you can get from the Fujitsu Siemens support page
  • While Windows Vista recognizes the Bluetooth hardware, it doesn't recognize which hardware it is. Nevertheless, don't install any Toshiba Bluetooth drivers but search for the right driver by yourself:
  • Deselect "Show compatible hardware"

  • In the Manufacture list go up to "Cambridge Silicon Radio Ltd." since that's the vendor of the Bluetooth hardware and select "Generic Bluetooth Radio":
  • This installs all the necessary drivers, out of Windows Vista and includes the Microsoft Microsoft Bluetooth Enumerator as well:

Here we go, the Microsoft Windows Vista Bluetooth stack is installed on your machine, no further need to use the Toshiba Bluetooth stack.

After I've installed the Windows Vista Bluetooth stack, I hadn't found any further problems in doing ActiveSync over Bluetooth or using my Pocket PC as my Bluetooth modem and also my Bluetooth keyboard connected well.

Cheers ~ Arne

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