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« on: March 07, 2008, 04:47:35 AM »

Hello all.

I finally bit the bullet and decided to experiment with cheapness.  At walmart they have a 20 dollar USB Bluetooth dongle  I purchased it (since I am on a limited budget) hoping that it would work fine.  I got it home, installed the software it came with, and was ready to hopefully set up the wiimote.

I connected the wiimote to the computer just fine.  It was detected, said connected, and I even was able to select the keyboard/mouse input HID.  However, the wiimote whiteboard program would say that the wiimote was not connected.

I heard of much success using blue soleil so I downloaded that software and installed it,replacing the drivers and software that came with the dongle.  However, even with the dongle connected blue soleil would say that not bluetooth device could be found.

I am running on a gateway laptop with no internal bluetooth (obviously) with Windows Vista.

Is there anything that I might try in order to make it work?  If not, we now know that the 20 buck wallyworld dongle will not suit our needs.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2008, 07:08:51 PM »

I did the exact same thing. infact your story follows mine to a T. I purchased the belkin F8T012 and when I got home I installed the drivers and got the wiimote connected. However the whiteboard program wouild tell me no wiimote connected. I tried the blue soleil and it would not detect my dongle.

It wasn't untill I found a site that posted some known working dongles that I found out my perticular one needed an update which was listed on the site. After downloading the update it worked like a champ.

I hope this site helps you as it hellped me.
http://wiibrew.org/index.php?title=List_of_Working_Bluetooth_Devices
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2008, 06:50:50 AM »

A quick update.  This software and bluetooth dongle work fine with XP, but it doesn't connect when using Vista.  Yet another reason to love it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2008, 10:36:11 PM »

Well, I can't help you with the vista issue as I'm still on xp dreading the day I have to upgrade.

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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2008, 02:45:19 AM »

Iceman1979: did you install the broadcom update after you had installed the belkin drivers? I tried it this morning and it wouldn't connect at all. I'm going to uninstall belkin drivers, then see if I can apply the broadcom update.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2008, 05:05:04 PM »

Yeah, I installed the belkin drivers first and then ran the update. Oh, I had to reboot after that too but you probably did too.

Can't think of anything else special I had to do. Let me know how it goes. Btw, what bluetooth dongle are you using?

thanks
John
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