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XPS 8500 blue tooth operation

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Would like some information on how to use configure BT. I purchased a Logitech MX5500 combo and having problems using their provided BT doggle... just doesn't want to stay connected especially on boot up. Also I don't have a BT icon in the Dell programs for the Dell BT


Thanks, I'm new at thos BT thingy

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  • PA-Woodchuck,

    Is the device rated for USB 2 or USB 3? Here are the USB ports on the XPS 8500. Which ones have you tested?
    USB 3.0: Two Blue Front, Two Black Rear
    USB 2.0: Four Black Rear, Two Black Top Front

  • It's USB 2 and plugged into the top USB. Since my XPS8500 has BT built in, how do I activate it to try the KB/mouse. I let my Ipad do a discovery but the dell didn't show up

  • Plug it into the rear USB 2.0 ports which are integrated onto the motherboard rather than the front/top USB 2.0 ports. Bluetooth on XPS 8500 is integrated on the following WLAN Cards offered with the system =
    Dell Wireless WLAN 1703 Half Mini-Card, 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
    Dell Wireless WLAN 1704 Half Mini-Card, 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
    Intel 2230 WLAN Half Mini-Card

    You did purchase one of those correct? If yes, you do see the WLAN card in the Device Manager? If yes, close the Device Manager.

    * Click Start to display the start menu
    * Type Bluetooth in the search box
    * Click Change Bluetooth Settings
    * Select Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area and click OK
    * Click the Bluetooth icon  on the system tray
    * Click Add a Device
    * Select the device from the list and click Next
    * Select Yes if the pairing code is matched and click Next

  • Here's a line from the Dell build sheet

    430-4735 Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n , Bluetooth v4.0+LE

     I will give your instructions a try. BTW, since the BT is intergrated in the Dell shouldn't the KB/mouse be able to connect without the doggle?

  • I did a search for bluetooth and wasn't found. Also searched for blue. no luck

  • "since the BT is intergrated in the Dell".

    That is incorrect. BT is not integrated into the XPS 8500. BT is part of the addin Wireless WLAN 1703 Half Mini-Card. So there has got to be a way to configure the Wireless WLAN 1703 Half Mini-Card to show BT.

  • Um, have you enabled bluetooth through windows? it has nothing to do with Dell. Look for "Bluetooth suite" in windows search; follow the instructions; you're done.

  • I did a search for "Bluetooth suite" and nothing showed up. I do have a Bluetooth suite program folder but it's empty... so I guess the software is missing. Now all I got to figure out is where to fine it at dell support, not unless someone can provide a link to it?

  • Under Windows search, type "bluetooth settings"....go there, and make sure the adapter is enabled (i.e., on).

  • If the Dell Wireless 1703 WLAN/BT Combo Half Mini-Card driver is successfully installed...
    * Click start to display the start menu
    * Type Bluetooth in the search box
    * Click on Change Bluetooth Settings
    * Select show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area and click OK

  • Thanks, took awhile to find that BT control box in Win 8-64 but I did and connected my I-pad 4th. Another question... how may BT devices can be connected at onetime? It's taking time moving to Win 8 from past version of Vista but I'm getting along.

  • No clue. You need to ask the Windows 8 guys on their board. http://dell.to/PqUVPk

  • RE:  What exactly is the Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 +LE?


    What is it supposed to do?

    I just purchased a new computer to be delivered soon and have no clue what this item does or purpose ?


    With this, is is possible to send a signal to my TV whereas I can see my computer screen on the TV (non-smart tv) or would I need some type of receiver?