Bluetooth technology is useful for wirelessly connecting cell phones, printers, webcams and other devices to your computer. It allows you to attain all the functionality of the device without the clutter of the cords and connectors. In most cases, Bluetooth should be enabled by default on Dell Studio 17 machines, but if Windows has been custom-installed, you may need to reinstall Dell's Bluetooth driver and manually enable the Bluetooth functionality. Both Dell and Microsoft have made this process simple.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Internet connection
- Windows XP service pack 2 or later
Download the Bluetooth driver for Studio machines from the Dell website.
Open the downloaded driver installation file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the Bluetooth driver.
Restart your computer. Do this even if you are not prompted to do so by the installation. A reboot will ensure that the driver has been properly installed and the installation file is no longer running.
Turn on your Bluetooth device (i.e., printer, cell phone, etc.).
Click the "Start" button, select "Control Panel," open the "Network and Internet" panel and choose "Set up a Bluetooth enabled device." Note that to have this option, your Control Panel must be in "category view." If it is in "classic view," simply click the "Switch to category view" link in the left-hand panel.
Click the "Add" button in the dialogue box that appears.
Single-click the device you want connected to your computer from the list shown and click "Next."
Enter a passkey in the appropriate box if your device requires one. Note that most devices will not require a passkey by default. Click "Next."
Click "Locate and install driver software" when the "Found New Hardware" box appears.
Insert the CD that came with your device to install the driver for that device if prompted to do so.
Tips and warnings
- To save time, you may want to install the device drivers before enabling the Bluetooth functionality on your Dell. This will allow you to skip step 11, as Windows will automatically locate the drivers.
- If you are unsure whether or not the Bluetooth driver is already installed on your machine, check to see if the "Set up a Bluetooth enabled device" option is found in your control panel (see step 5); if it is there, the Bluetooth driver is already installed and you can connect to your device by following the process described in steps 4 though 12; if it is not there, begin with step 1.
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