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Every modern laptop, netbook or ultrabook is equipped with a radio module with WiFi and Bluetooth. Almost all notebook manufacturers adhere to this trend. HP, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Samsung, Lenovo, etc. And the most interesting thing is that there are fewer questions with a wireless network. it is usually turned on initially, the user connects to the home network and continues to work quietly. As for Bluetooth, questions arise. And no wonder. there is no separate button. This misleads the novice user and he logically raises the question. how to enable bluetooth on your laptop ?! And the casket just opened. But first things first.
I will use the HP (Hewlett Packard) Pavilion laptop as an example.
Since the WiFi and Bluetooth radio module on the laptop is one single, then it turns on with the same button with the image of the antenna. On older models, a separate button on the device case was used for this. On modern ones, as a rule, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth power buttons are combined with one of the function keys. In my case, it’s F12. That is, to enable Bluetooth on your laptop, you need to activate the radio module by pressing the button with the antenna:
True, keep in mind that very often this button must be pressed together with the “Fn” function key.
Very often this button is equipped with an additional separate status indicator. If WiFi and Bluetooth are turned off, it is red. After pressing the button, the adapter will turn on and the color will change to blue or white. After clicking the button, the following icon will appear in the Windows system tray:
This means that everything is included and you can connect phones and tablets. To do this, click on the icon with the right mouse button and select the “Add device” item:
The laptop operating system will start scanning and searching for devices available for connection. It’s self-evident that bluetooth visibility should be included on them. If everything is fine, then you will see your phone or tablet:
And it remains only to connect to it and you can transfer files, music and.
What to do if Bluetooth does not work ?!
The most common reason is that the Bluetooth adapter is not corny included. over, as a rule, the user simply forgets to press the power button of the wireless module.
It also happens that the button itself worked, but the adapter did not turn on, so try again to turn it off and on again.
Note: Separately, I note that very often after reinstalling Windows 7 or Windows 8, users simply forget to put the driver on the functional buttons of their laptop and, accordingly, they do not work.
The second point. pay attention to the Bluetooth icon in the system tray next to the clock. If it is red, as in the screenshot:
This means that the adapter was disabled programmatically. In this case, you need to right-click on the icon and select one single item in the menu that opens. Enable.
If these actions do not help, then the problem is already at the level of drivers and hardware.
Then, first of all, go to the Network and Sharing Center and select “Change adapter settings” from the menu.
A network connection window opens. there should be 3 connections. a wired network card, a WiFi connection and a Bluetooth adapter:
Check that they are active, i.e. the connection icon should not be gray.
If suddenly there is no bluetooth adapter in the network connections of the laptop, then you need to look for it in the Device Manager. You can get into it in several ways. The fastest way is to press the WinR key combination and enter the command in the window that opens devmgmt.msc:
The second option. you can right-click on the Computer icon in the Start menu and select “Management”. The Computer Management snap-in opens, in which you must select “Device Manager”:
We are interested in the section “Network Adapters”. If all the drivers are installed, then This list should also have at least 3 items. a wired network, wireless and bluetooth. As you can see, in my example two devices belong to the “blue-tooth”. Bluetooth device and Bluetooth Personal Area Network. There are no crosses and exclamation marks indicating problems with the equipment. this is already a good sign. It remains to check whether the bluetooth network is running. To do this, right-click on the devices on the Bluetooth Personal Area Network:
If the context menu has the item “Engage”. feel free to click on it. This was most likely the cause of the malfunction.