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Marcelo NS Level 1 (40 points)

When runing Windows 7 in a native bootcamp partition you may have experienced issues when trying to pair android devices, audio sinks, headsets, etc. For earlier Mac models (2010 and earlier) the workaround consisted in using the broadcom drivers released by Acer or HP. However, the later 2011 models including MBA mid 2011, Macbook Pro and iMac will not allow you to install those drivers. Neither will Broadcom oficial updater recognize your bluetooth built in device.

The good news: after several weeks googling and installing/uninstalling pretty much every available driver on the internet I managed to have all my bluetooth devices wroking on Windows 7 x64 (bootcamp partition) on my MBA MID 2011.

 

You have at least 3 options

 

     1.- Bluesoleil Stack: Altugh the chip is not offitially supported you can get it "brut force" recognized. This is described here:

               https://discussions.apple.com/message/17611577#17611577  

 

     2.- Toshiba Stack: The version 8.0 works pretty good specially for Audio devices the audio quality is pretty the best you will get. Same as above you need to force the recognition of your chip

               The toshiba stack (30 days trial)

               http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/bluetooth/pages/disclaimer.php?dt=bts&download=3-64bi t

 

     3.- Thank again to Acer (and not to Apple) we can get also a fully functional profile in a hardware we have paid a lot of money for. BUT WARNING! here you SHOULD NOT install the drivers!. Install only the utility suit instead. Pay carefull attention or you will get a blue screen and you will need to uninstall the drivers in safe mode or even have to do a clean Windows install. Uninstall all your paired BT devices (except for Magic Mouse and or keyboard you can leave them paired)

 

          a.- Download the drivers

 

               http://www.pcdrivershop.com/aspire_4830TG_Bluetooth_Atheros_7.4.0.96_W7x64_A.zip

 

          b.- Unzip the file and explore the following folder

 

              \Bluetooth(4.0)_Atheros_7.4.0.96_W7x64\Bluetooth_Suite_win7.  Run Win764.exe or Win732 according to your OS.

               Let the software install and restart.

 

          c.- Pair your devices and enjoy!!!.

 

Options 1 and 2 (Bluesoleil and Toshiba Stack) are good options however they are paid-off softwares but what could be more important for many useres is that they completely override the Microsoft bluetooth stack and therefore Apple devices (like magic mouse) will loose some functionality I wasn't able to get the touch scrolling or the gestures working with those stacks. The 3th option however will not completeley override the Microsoft stack (used by Apple's drivers) and therefore Apple Magic mouse will work perfectly. The Atheros bluetooth suit will only add the requiered protocols and make them interact with the Microsoft stack. The disadvantage of the latest is that the audio quality is not even close as the one you are gonna get with the Toshiba stack and not say about configurability...

 

I hope I will save some of you some time and many headaches. 


Windows 7, Bootcamp bluetooth drivers
  • Marcelo NS Level 1 (40 points)

    How do I install a Toshiba stack?

     

    This worked on my Mackbook air mid - 2011Windows 7 x64. Be aware that you will loose the "magic scrolling" in case you are using a bluetooth magic mouse. Otherwise all bluetooth devices have been working as a chram with the Toshiba stack.

     

    To make it work, follow this steps:

    http://linkopia.blogspot.com/2009/05/a2dp-stereo-bluetooth-on-win-xp-boot.html

     

    But instead of downloading the toshiba stack in the above link, download the x64 stack you will find in the link bellow:

     

    http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/bluetooth/pages/disclaimer.php?dt=bts&download=3-64bi t

     

    once you have "tricked" the stacks restart and run the Toshiba assistant

  • JonT2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much for posting the instructions - I'm excited to have them work - but I got stuck on one step - from the linkopia set:  When I try to point Win7 64-bit to the INF file, it tells me it "Doesn't contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is compatible with Windows for x64-based systems."  I definitely downloaded the BT-stack-64-bit-toshiba file...

    any suggestions?

  • Marcelo NS Level 1 (40 points)

    Hi Jon,

     

    I asume that you wanna try the Toshiba stack.

    The error message appears if you havent properly edited the tosrfusb.inf file. In the linkopia instruccions they use this device Id:   USB\VID_05AC&PID_8205

    Make sure that you are using the Id of your computer. To get you Id go to control panel>hardware>device manager. Go to the bluetooth symbol and search for Apple built in Bluetooth device> right click > details > Hardware ID (more detailed info here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-find-unknown-device-drivers-by-their-vendor- device-id/)

    Make sure that you are typing the new Id properly. In addition if you edit the .inf file direct on C:\program files\ wont save properly. It is better if you move the tosrfusb.inf file to the desktop, edit it and then move it back to the original path.

    I hope it helps.

    Wich MAC do you own?

  • JonT2 Level 1 (0 points)

    The file shows up under Program Files (x86), not Program Files, which - if I understand correctly, is for 32-bit programs running on x64 systems.

     

    These are the lines I added to tosrfusb.inf:

    under [Standard]

    %TosrfUsb.DeviceDesc153%=TosrfUsb_Device,  USB\VID_05AC&PID_821A

    %TosrfUsb.DeviceDesc154%=TosrfUsb_Device,  USB\VID_05AC&PID_821A&REV_0037

    and under [Services]

     

    TosrfUsb.DeviceDesc153 = "Apple Built-In Bluetooth Toshiba"

    TosrfUsb.DeviceDesc154 = "Apple Built-In Bluetooth Toshiba - REV"

     

    both IDs show up under device manager, machine IDs.

    It didn't work with just the shorter entry, so I tried adding both lines and had the same result.Bluetooth ID.jpg

    15" MBPro mid-2011, i think.

  • JonT2 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's not the 64 bit part - the relevant part of the message is that it doesn't think this is a driver for the Apple Broadcom built-in bluetooth.  if I pick a different device and try to get a driver from that INF file, I am able to see the line I added to the file as one of the choices. 

     

    is it the "Bluetooth radio" I am supposed to be replacing with the Toshiba driver? or the device under the "Bluetooth" category – which was missing, and listed under "other"

  • Marcelo NS Level 1 (40 points)

    Hi Jon,

     

    Your device id is: USB\VID_05AC&PID_821A.

     

    I see what is going on you. If you use x64 bits you need to add your device bellow

     

    [Standard.NTamd64]

    ...

    ...

    ..

    you should add:

    %TosrfUsb.DeviceDesc153%=TosrfUsb_Device,  USB\VID_05AC&PID_821A

  • JonT2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you - the amd part threw me - didn't think I needed to change that section.

     

    It's working now!

     

    I'm thrilled!

  • JonT2 Level 1 (0 points)

    And now the demo period is expired, and I can't find a way to purchase it!

  • rotorbailey Level 1 (0 points)

    That worked for me, but now the demo period has expired. Does anyone know of a stack with good audio quality that won't time out every month?!

  • ruylive Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks man,  I follow your posts and got my Mac mini 2011 bluetooth works on my Bootcamp Windows 7 (64bits).  Now my bluetooth speaker works even more stable than it is on the Mountain Lion.....

  • pratnala Level 1 (5 points)

    Hey Marcelo NS,

     

    Will your solution (specifically the third one which worked on Windows 7 on my Mid 2012 MBP) work on Windows 8? Or do we have to do some other stuff?

     

    Please advise. I'm going to upgrade to Windows 8 (Microsoft has released it on DreamSpark for university students)

  • Marcelo NS Level 1 (40 points)

    Hi Pratnala,

     

    I haven't tried in Windows 8. I dont know if bootcamp has been updated for windows 8 either.

  • pratnala Level 1 (5 points)

    Bootcamp hasn't been updated yet but I don't think Apple will upgrade the Bluetooth functionality seeing their track record. Can you check if the driver works? I'm a little noob in such things, so I was hoping for some feedback before I try it out

  • Yucleto Level 1 (0 points)

    You should use this one (from Acer Aspire 5740) works great, no need to pay/reinstall, complete functionallity, great audio !!!

     

    http://support.acer.com/product/default.aspx?modelId=1870

     

    Just execute Setup.exe no need to reboot and you are done !!!

     

    Regards !

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