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Old 23rd June 2009, 17:32   #1
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Default Macbook + Bluetooth - it aint happening!

This is the scene.

1. I have a Macbook - 13.3 incher - about a little more than a year old now. I had a bit of trouble adapting to her, but like you do with a pretty lass as a girl friend, you adapt - and FAST.

2. I recently picked up an A2DP compliant Bluetooth headset from Plantronics. Fabulous thing at an even low fabulous price. But the issue is it does not get discovered by the Macbook. I would like to use my head-set for IP traffic business conversations.

And then this is what I found on my google-trawl:

OS X and A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) - MacNN Forums

So has anyone figured a way around this? Has anyone added a blue-tooth dongle and tried working with that on the Mac?
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Old 23rd June 2009, 23:32   #2
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Duh! Just switch to Microsoft Vista.

Disclaimer: When Apple fans hear about Windows problems, they recommend switching to Mac. It should work other way too.

To be serious, I guess you have to get the dongle and try it. We don't have many Apple users here. Only Rudra, Sam come to mind.
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I figured Tejas was a freaky apple fan...where is he?

And I just managed to have all my critical applications working direct on Mac...so shifting back to Vista is a HUGE ego blow...
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Is this Bluetooth thing built-in or are you using a Bluetooth dongle?

If you are using a dongle, its most probably a Widcomm chipset (Now motorola).

Install "Widcomm stack v 5.1.0.1100" or later. It adds A2DP to Mac OS.
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Is this Bluetooth thing built-in or are you using a Bluetooth dongle?

If you are using a dongle, its most probably a Widcomm chipset (Now motorola).

Install "Widcomm stack v 5.1.0.1100" or later. It adds A2DP to Mac OS.
Ah, dear NetFreak. I was wondering what took you so long to trawl down to the depths.

I am not using a dongle. The Mac comes built in with BT. I know the BT works, because it syncs quick with my SE P1i. The Bluetooth headset that I have is the Plantronics P590. Unfortunately, the Mac does not seem to find it (when I search for BT devices closeby).

My phone finds it easy and I use the BT headset regularly for mobile conversations. However, I want to have it synced with my Mac as well, for IP conversations.

My question is do I have to buy a dongle? If I have to buy one - which one for the Macbook/Leopard? And is it guaranteed to work with the Mac/P590?
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Is your headset multipoint? i.e. does it support two devices at once? try unpairing the phone first.
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Hi Red Liner,

After reading your post, I tried to connect my poor little plain jane Jabra headset with my macbook. It connected seamlessly - I also listened to songs on it.

Could your headset being A2DP be the problem ?
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Is your headset multipoint? i.e. does it support two devices at once? try unpairing the phone first.
But if I have to do that, then what do I do if my phone rings? The way I figured it was:

1. I have one BT headset at work to walk around, take calls, make calls on the phone and on the computer through a really good quality head-set.

2. Have a regular single ear piece BT for the car - kept in the car.

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Hi Red Liner,

After reading your post, I tried to connect my poor little plain jane Jabra headset with my macbook. It connected seamlessly - I also listened to songs on it.

Could your headset being A2DP be the problem ?
Your Jabra has got to be A2DP for it to be able to receive music from your Mac. No?
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my plantronics 520 is multipoint. It is paired to my laptop as well as my phone. I hardly use it for receiving calls though. Mostly used for making calls.

why did you switch the topic from macbook to car?
For car you can have a bluetooth speaker phone, so it doesn't have to stick to your ears. there are GPS units that support this function.

back to macbook, i guess the reason you are not able to connect is because it is already paired to phone. From product description, P590 doesn't look like multipoint.

EDIT: I over reacted. perfectly fine to switch to a CAR topic from any topic on this community. LOL

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