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How to Turn on the Bluetooth of an XPS M1530

Updated July 19, 2017

The Dell XPS M1530 is a high-end laptop computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a 15.4-inch widescreen display. One of the optional components that the M1530 can include is a Bluetooth card. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communication technology that allows a computer to sync wirelessly with a mobile phone or utilise wireless peripherals such as mice. If you are having trouble getting the Bluetooth adaptor in your XPS M1530 to work properly, make sure that it is turned on and enabled in the Windows Device Manager.

Locate the black plastic switch on the right side of the XPS M1530 and push it toward the optical drive slot. You should see the blue Bluetooth logo on the keyboard bezel light up. If the light turns on, the issue is resolved. If not, continue to the next step.

Click the Start button, and then click "Run" or click the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Type "devmgmt.msc," omitting the quotation marks, and press "Enter." Windows displays the Device Manager.

Click the "+" sign or triangle next to "Bluetooth" or "Bluetooth Radios." Look for a device called "Dell 355 Bluetooth Adapter" or similar. Right-click the Bluetooth adaptor, and select "Enable" to use the Bluetooth adaptor.

Tip

The Bluetooth adaptor for the XPS M1530 is an optional component and not included with all laptop models. If you are unable to turn the Bluetooth adaptor on using the instructions in this article and are sure that you configured the M1530 with Bluetooth when purchasing it, the most likely cause for the problem is that the device driver for the Bluetooth adaptor is not installed. Download and install the XPS M1530 Bluetooth adaptor driver from the Dell support page for your computer (see Resources).

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Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.