3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2008 1:39 PM by kostby
Robby Sandes Level 1 (0 points)
Hi guys, help me please.
How can I turn off built in bluetooth & Wifi device in my my macbook when I log on to WindowsXP.
Thanks for the answer.

MacBook MB467 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), WindowsXP Pro Service Pack 2
  • kostby Level 4 (2,780 points)
    You can enable/disable these in '*System Preferences*'
    Here's how:
    Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
    Choose 'System Preferences'
    Then go to the 'Hardware' row and select Bluetooth.
    Click the checkmark in the 'on' box. (If there is no checkmark in the 'on' box, Bluetooth is already off.

    For 'WiFi', go to the 'Network and Internetworking' row and select 'Network'
    Choose 'Airport', and click the 'Turn AirPort Off' button. (If the choice is 'Turn AirPort On', then AirPort is already off.

    If you need to do this frequently, it is a lot easier if you can enable a Bluetooth icon and an (Airport) WiFi icon along the top of your screen.
    Here's how:
    When you're in 'System Preferences', for Bluetooth, select 'Show Bluetooth status in the menu bar'

    For AirPort, select 'Show AirPort status in menu bar'
    Then you can simply click on those icons at the top of the screen to turn either one on and off.

    If you return to System Preferences and only see the last preference, choose 'Show All' near the top of the screen to see the full range of preferences again.

    Hope this helps!
  • Robby Sandes Level 1 (0 points)
    Many thanks Mr. Kostby. I can disable it to save my batt energy. And now I need your help again. How can I disable the devices when I'm using WindowsXP SP2?
  • kostby Level 4 (2,780 points)
    DISCLAIMER - I'm using Parallels 4.0 to run Windows XP on my MacBook in Coherence mode, so I use the same instructions I already gave you, because my Windows applications run ON my Mac desktop with the full Apple options available.

    Check out the BootCamp Support discussions about Bluetooth and WiFi on the Apple website

    I didn't find a specific answer there already posted, so you might try reposting in that discussion thread.