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How to connect Bluetooth GPS receiver to laptop?
uk_vette
I am struggling with my GPS Bluetooth device connecting to my laptop AutoRoute 2007.

Autoroute can't find it!

I can't seem to find my Bluetooth manager, even when I slide the switch on the laptop to enable Bluetooth.

I have a BT77, Bluetooth device, which I normally use with my smart phone.

Now I bought a newer BT device, so this is (or planning) to be used with my 2007 Autoroute on my laptop.

I removed the battery from the BT GPS, which removes any old pairings.

Now the BT GPS go's into search mode, but the laptop cant see it.

Why chaps, why ?
Marvin Hlavac
Hi uk_vette,

Welcome to Laptop GPS World.

I don't have experience troubleshooting Bluetooth problems. I've never experienced any issues.

Connecting a Bluetooth GPS receiver to a laptop computer is in most cases as easy as going to Control Panel (on some computers you get to Control Panel by clicking Start > Settings > Control Panel), click Bluetooth Devices, and then on the bottom of Devices tab, click Add. If asked for a passkey, enter 0000 (4 zeros), unless your device uses a different passkey.
tcassidy
Are you sure your laptop actually has a Bluetooth radio? Often they were listed as Bluetooth ready but didn't have the hardware. On my older Toshiba, you couldn't even add it internally.

What operating system are you using?

Terry
SpadesFlush
I had the same problem until I sorted out that my laptop did not actually have BlueTooth, although the software fooled me into thinking I did.

Solution: Bought a neat little BlueTooth dongle transmitter. Although some are as cheap as $10, the smaller, neater ones are about $30. The retailers who do a big business in mobile phones seem to have them. Mine is an IOGear model that plugs into a USB port and looks like a ectoplasmic bump on the laptop but it works!
tcassidy
Semsons still has the mini Bluetooth units on for US$9.99 They use the built in Microsoft stack in Vista. For XP, a cd is included with the BlueSoleil Bluetooth stack. They extend about 3/8" out of a USB slot. Very small and works great!

Terry
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