I had a Bluetooth adapter fitted into a USB port on my desk top (Windows XP), when I had problems, I assumed the adapter had failed and got a new one, but still no Bluetooth connectivity with new one. Then when I went control panel, the Bluetooth icon is missing, there is just a gap where it used to be! Any ideas and solutions greatly appreciated
In device manager there is a Bluetooth device showing (says Bluetooth radios and sub folders for generic Bluetooth radio and Microsoft Bluetooth enumerator. At present I have the Bluetooth adapter plugged in but I have no Bluetooth icon on the bottom right of my screen or as an icon in the control panel
Not all Bluetooth dongles are known by the Microsoft Bluetooth stack. If yours isn't then the Control Panel icon will disappear.
You can use the software provided with the dongle but this is often a poor substitute for the Microsoft stack.
The secret is to add your dongle to the Windows XP bth.inf file.
You need to get your hardware PID so you can copy and paste an existing device line and then change it to match your device PID. Once complete the inbuilt Bluetooth will recognise the device and setup and configure your dongle.
There are a few tutorials around the web if you Google.