Author Topic: SOLVED - Trying to get Wiimote to connect to Dell laptop  (Read 12987 times)

Offline Mcclure

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I am interested in getting the Wiimote Whitebaord to work (for teaching).  I have a Dell laptop that uses the "Dell Wireless 355 Module with Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Technology" (what it shows in device manager).  I can't get the wiimote to connect.  I use the method of adding a specific bluetooth device so that the skip button works.  When I do this, it finds the wiimote (but the lights on the wiimote keep blinking), and if I am quick it even looks like the device is connected, but when the lights stop blinking it no longer shows it as connected.  The single light on the wiimote never turns solid (like when it connects to the Wii).

When I tried to use BlueSoleil it would find the device and even show it as connected, but the lights on the wiimote never stopped blinking.  I didn't try to launch any of the apps that would use the wiimote, which it sounds like may have been the issue. 

Is there a good dongle that comes with BlueSoleil that I can buy at Best Buy or someplace local (in case I need to return it).  I can't seem to figure out what software comes with the different bluetooth dongles.

This is the first time I have ever tried to use bluetooth so hopefully I will be able to understand any advice given. 
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Reply #1 on: August 28, 2008, 08:54:57 PM
Mcclure

Your internal stack should work fine, also saves no extra dongle, etc.

You may need to first get rid of Bluesoleil & make sure your internal drivers etc are upto date and not corrupted by bluesoleil install process.

Use: http://www.wiimoteproject.com/wiimote-and-bluetooth-connectivity/success!-non-bluesolei-stack!/ hold buttons 1&2 during whole connection process until just before you execute the application.

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Reply #2 on: August 28, 2008, 10:54:19 PM
I tried using BlueSoleil first and uninstalled it.  Then I checked the drivers and found a new driver, uninstalled the old driver and installed the new one. 

So when I try to connect I keep hitting the 1&2 buttons until right before I actually try to run the whiteboard software?  I'll give that a try.

Thanks



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Reply #3 on: August 28, 2008, 11:10:46 PM
I just tried to keep hitting the 1&2 buttons (also tried it with the sync button) until I tried to launch the whiteboard software, and it still said there wasn't a wiimote connected.  I did see the 2 green arrows on the icon in Bluetooth neighborhood, and it showed as connected (in neighborhood) for a short while after I clicked on the whiteboard software, but the whiteboard always said there wasn't a wiimote connected.  Once again all 4 lights continuously blinked. 



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Reply #4 on: August 28, 2008, 11:46:40 PM
Mcclure
From when you click "Bluetooth Wizard" till just before you click the app you must HOLD buttons 1&2, press/release will execute a reconnect sequence.

Should only take 20-30sec for whole process.

The led's will blink until application has finsihed executing, then only one led will be alight confirming connection.

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Reply #5 on: August 29, 2008, 01:47:45 AM
Hi

I also had the same problem as Mcclure and also using Dell Laptop with the same internal bluetooth.

It just won't work. If you look into the device manager in the HID list, it is listed as Bluetooth Virtual device and not as HID bluetooth device. If I am not mistaken, the smoothboard, JCL program only identifies a HID device - hence it doesnt detect.  The only way about this is the get a bluetooth dongle and install blue soleil to drive this external device - that is how I am using it now.

Hope that helps.




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Reply #6 on: August 29, 2008, 05:46:55 AM
I have a Dell Lattitude D830 and it works out of the box - no extra BT-apps or drivers needed

//UndCon



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Reply #7 on: August 29, 2008, 07:14:39 AM
I tried to hold the 1& 2 buttons until right before I started the app, and it still didn't work.  The lights on the wiimote stop blinking pretty quickly after I stop holding the buttons after the connection process (but after I had already tried to start the app). 

I'm using a Dell Inspiron 1720 (think that is the number).  I think it is about 2 years old.  The card was the one listed above.  The driver is 5.1.0.3200.  The device shows up under "bluetooth devices" in the device manager.  There are actually two entries there, one is the card itself, but above that is "Bluetooth Bus Enumerator" it shows the same driver as the card. 

Thinking about giving BlueSoleil another try, since it is free to try out.  When I was using that I never tried to start the app, but the lights would keep blinking on the wiimote until I just turned it off.  It also showed as connected the whole time in BlueSoleil.  Off to school right now though so that will need to wait until I get home tonight.  So people in the US, when you buy BlueSoleil, do you just buy it from the site that sells it for Euro?  Never done that before, and wasn't sure if there was someplace I could buy it from that is in dollars. 

Thanks for all the help so far, I'm sure I will get this working soon enough. 



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Reply #8 on: August 29, 2008, 07:29:27 AM
Mcclure
You will have major conflict issues between your internal bluetooth stack and bluesoleil with a USB.

Before you go further I suggest you try this:
1. Run a full windows update (go to windows update and select "Custom". Download ALL available updates, including non-critical updates
2. Go to your HID device list in device manager, right click each device and select "update driver". Make sure you are connected to the internet.
3. Try connecting a bluetooth phone/mouse/keyboard to make sure Bluetooth is fully functioning.
4. Re-try connecting as below.

If this fails, let me know as you may need to delete a few HID's to re-install.

I suggest staying with your internal stack as leaves USB ports available and less extra hardware.

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Reply #9 on: August 29, 2008, 04:13:09 PM
I updated the drivers, didn't try to connect any other bluetooth device since I don't really have anything, but when I tried to connect the wiimote it worked.  So success.  Thanks for all of the help. I'm sure I will be asking a ton of questions now about software, but the first step is complete.  I actually don't have an IR pen yet, I wanted to make sure it worked first, but I had seen people use lighters so I just used that to make sure it was tracking, and it all worked.  I guess I'll be building an IR pen this weekend. 

Thanks again.



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Reply #10 on: August 29, 2008, 07:01:36 PM
Mcclure
Well done and welcome to the Wiimote Project!

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Reply #11 on: September 05, 2008, 07:27:27 PM
I'm in the same boat as McClure except I'm using a Dell desktop and using the wiiremoteconnect.rar.  does not detect the device.  per below, should I:
-update the OS and all the drivers?
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-do i need to hold the 1&2 button when i click on "connect"?



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Reply #12 on: September 05, 2008, 10:55:28 PM
chappie
The Dell stack is simply a modified Widdcomm stack. Thex's Wiiconnect although awesome does not work with widdcomm, you will need to use the connection method in http://www.wiimoteproject.com/wiimote-and-bluetooth-connectivity/success!-non-bluesolei-stack!/ and hold buttons 1&2 for best performance.

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