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Hardware Support => Bluetooth & Connectivity Help Center => Topic started by: SteveMc on August 09, 2013, 12:01:24 AM

Title: Wiimote plus on Dell laptop, which bluetooth driver?
Post by: SteveMc on August 09, 2013, 12:01:24 AM
Hi there. I feel really dumb here, but please bear with me.

I have a Dell Lattitude E6 520 running 64b Windows 7 Enterprise and NO internal bluetooth.

I followed the below process to install the Toshiba bluetooth stack and smoothboard for wiimote plus.
https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1X_Q7_Da4-g2l6AaHgHZTrdzyAuPuM6UmU8zeK6aUG-k (https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1X_Q7_Da4-g2l6AaHgHZTrdzyAuPuM6UmU8zeK6aUG-k)

I thought I'd try connecting my Wiimote plus to the computer using a generic bluetooth adapter I already have. However, everytime I try installing the Toshiba driver and am asked to install the bluetooth adapter, the adapter just re-installs the generic bluetooth stack I just removed! 

I have switched off the Windows 'auto install' for drivers, but it still installs.

Once these generic drivers have installed, the Toshiba software then continues asking for me to insert the adapter, so obviously it hasn't recognized that it is in the USB port.

I discovered the below forum thread that suggests only one version, 8.0.2 of the Toshiba stack works with Wiimote plus.
http://www.wiimoteproject.com/wiimote-smoothboard/wiimote-plus-installation-incompatible-with-eyefinity-6/msg14073/#msg14073 (http://www.wiimoteproject.com/wiimote-smoothboard/wiimote-plus-installation-incompatible-with-eyefinity-6/msg14073/#msg14073)

My question is:
1. Is it correct that the 8.0.2 stack is the only one that will work with Wiimote Plus, and if so, where can I download it?

2. Even if I do search the world for a Toshiba bluetooth adapter (there are none available here in New Zealand, only cheap generic ones as most computers have bluetooth built in now), won't that adapter just do the same as my cheap one and install its own drivers every time I plug it in?

Any hints you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Title: Re: Wiimote plus on Dell laptop, which bluetooth driver?
Post by: teachwithtech on August 09, 2013, 08:08:44 AM
     As you may already know the Toshiba Bluetooth stack is only "free" to download for 30 days for unsupported bluetooth adapters (non Toshiba hardware).  If you want to use a bluetooth adapter that is unsupported (i.e. does not have a chipset made for Toshiba), you may follow the directions in this thread: https://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-rvl-cnt-01-tr?page=52 (https://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-rvl-cnt-01-tr?page=52)   Please note though that the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack is a trial version and will prompt you to pay after 30 days.  Not all "cheap" bluetooth adapters can use an alternate bluetooth stack effectively and it would be very hard to tell unless you or someone else has experience with the specific bluetooth adapter.

   If you do really want to use the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack, you will most likely want to purchase a Bluetooth Adapter that has a supported chipset that will install the Toshiba Stack without issue.  In fact, most supported bluetooth adapters include a cd with the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack by default.   A few of the resellers in this forum carry a Toshiba Bluetooth Stack supported bluetooth adapter:

IRPENS.CO.UK:  http://www.infraredpen.co.uk/index.php/other.html (http://www.infraredpen.co.uk/index.php/other.html)
Teachwithtech.com : http://teachwithtech.com/Bluetooth-Adapters-c26/ (http://teachwithtech.com/Bluetooth-Adapters-c26/)

The 8.0.2 stack is not the only driver that will work, but you can use the driver in the document you refer to or see a listing here:  https://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/bluetooth/index.php?page=download-toshiba (https://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/bluetooth/index.php?page=download-toshiba)

  You may be able to find a vendor in your area that does indeed sell a bluetooth chipset that supports the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack.  They usually don't advertise that the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack is included, so you'll need to read the specs on each bluetooth adapter you come across. 

  I hope this information helps  :D

Title: Re: Wiimote plus on Dell laptop, which bluetooth driver?
Post by: SteveMc on August 13, 2013, 05:11:50 AM
Thank you very much for the feedback. I'll try my best to acquire a compatible bluetooth adapter, and if unable will try the non-compatible adapter process you have linked to. I'll report my results.