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HP PCs - Using Bluetooth Devices (Windows 7)

This information applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 7.
Bluetooth wireless technology provides short-range wireless communications that replace the physical cable connections that traditionally link electronic devices, such as printers, audio devices, and computers. Some examples include:
  • Sharing pictures with other Bluetooth devices nearby.
  • Sending files to a Bluetooth printer.
  • Transferring files to nearby Bluetooth computers.
  • Listening to music on a Bluetooth headset.
Bluetooth networking comes preinstalled in some HP and Compaq computers. If it was not preinstalled, you can add it to your computer by installing Bluetooth hardware. Installing Bluetooth hardware can be as simple as inserting a Bluetooth USB dongle into an open USB port and waiting for Windows to detect and setup the new hardware.
Figure : Bluetooth USB dongle
Bluetooth USB dongle
Adding the Bluetooth icon to the notification area in Windows 7
To add the Bluetooth icon to the notification area in the lower right so you can quickly add a device or change Bluetooth settings, complete the following instructions:
  1. Open Control Panel by clicking Start , and then clicking Control Panel.
  2. In the Search box in Control Panel, type Bluetooth, and then click Change Bluetooth Settings.
    Figure : Opening the Bluetooth settings
    Opening the Bluetooth settings
    The Bluetooth Settings window opens.
  3. Click the Options tab.
    Click the box next to Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area, and then click Apply.
    Figure : Showing the Bluetooth icon in the notification area
    Showing the Bluetooth icon in the notification area
  4. The Bluetooth icon displays in the notification area in the lower right.
  5. Double-click the Bluetooth icon to open the Bluetooth devices window, or right-click the icon to access common tasks for Bluetooth devices.
    Figure : Bluetooth right-click menu
    Show Bluetooth Devices selected
Tips for finding a Bluetooth device in Windows 7
If Windows cannot detect the Bluetooth device, check the following items:
  • 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 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’s website.
    • A device such as a computer might need to have the Discovery setting turned on. To turn on Discovery in Windows 7, click Start
      , and then click Control Panel. In the Control Panel Search box, type Bluetooth, and then click Change Bluetooth Settings.
      Figure : Opening the Bluetooth settings
      Opening the Bluetooth settings
      The Bluetooth Settings window displays.
      In the Discovery area on the Options tab, click Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer.
      Figure : Making the Bluetooth device discoverable
      Making the device discoverable
  • Make sure the device is turned on, is not low on battery power, and is not in sleep mode.
  • Make sure you have not already added the device to your computer. Devices that have already been added are not displayed in the list of devices you can connect to in the Add Device Wizard.
    To check whether you have already added the device, click Start, and then click Devices and Printers. If your device is listed in Devices and Printers, you do not need to add it again. Click it to open the Bluetooth Operations and Settings page so you can use the Bluetooth operations for that device.
  • 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 because many notebook computers have a button to turn the transmitter on and off. If you are not sure how to turn it on, check the information that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer's website.

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