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Windows 7: Need help with Bluetooth on Windows 7 (HP laptop)

09 Apr 2017   #1
spotify95

Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit
 
 
Need help with Bluetooth on Windows 7 (HP laptop)

Hi,
Apologies if this is in the wrong area - please move if necessary.

I have an issue regarding the Bluetooth on my HP laptop running Windows 7. It is a HP 15-AC153SA.
It originally came with Windows 10 but had been set up for dual booting with Windows 7 and 10. The problem is on Windows 7; Windows 10 has Bluetooth installed and works fine.

As can be seen from HP's site here: HP Notebook - 15-ac153sa (ENERGY STAR) Product Specifications | HP® Customer Support
it states that this HP has Wireless a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth built in - and the Bluetooth is fine in windows 10 but not in windows 7.

According to HP's pages: HP Software and Driver Downloads for HP Printers, Laptops, Desktops and More | HP® Customer Support
there are 4 network drivers; a Realtek wireless driver, a Broadcom wireless driver, a Realtek LAN driver and a Realtek Bluetooth driver. I have tried the Realtek Bluetooth driver with no success.

Attached is what I get when I go into device manager for wireless.

Any help would be appreciated.




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09 Apr 2017   #2
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

you may also need the bluetooth enumerator driver. Try microsoft's

Download Microsoft Bluetooth Device Driver 9.1.496.0 for Windows 7 64 bit

alternatively, go into windows 10 device manager, right click the bluetooth adapter and look for the hardware device id under details. The do a google of that ID and the word windows 7 driver. Maybe you can find the driver that way.


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10 Apr 2017   #3
spotify95

Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
you may also need the bluetooth enumerator driver. Try microsoft's

Download Microsoft Bluetooth Device Driver 9.1.496.0 for Windows 7 64 bit

alternatively, go into windows 10 device manager, right click the bluetooth adapter and look for the hardware device id under details. The do a google of that ID and the word windows 7 driver. Maybe you can find the driver that way.
Hi,

I've found all of the drivers and software for my wireless chip:
Downloads for Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165

I've tried downloading the latest Intel Wireless Bluetooth Software for Windows 7. Nothing has happened so far with no Bluetooth software in Control Panel or Device Manager.

With regards to the Softpedia install, it is telling me I should extract the file somewhere, but wherabouts is the correct place for it to go?

Any other ideas? This Bluetooth should be working but I can't get it to!
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10 Apr 2017   #4
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

you extract it anywhere, like for instance your desktop, then follow the instruction on this page:

Download Microsoft Bluetooth Device Driver 9.1.496.0 for Windows 7 64 bit

however, I see there is no bluetooth radio item listed at all in your windows 7 device manager, so this may not work.

However, since you are using Intel dual-band, I recommend running this program..

Download Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® Software for Windows 7*

and it that does not work either, it would be best if you could post a screenshot of your windows10 bluetooth radio device manager item discussed in post #2
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10 Apr 2017   #5
spotify95

Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
you extract it anywhere, like for instance your desktop, then follow the instruction on this page:

Download Microsoft Bluetooth Device Driver 9.1.496.0 for Windows 7 64 bit

however, I see there is no bluetooth radio item listed at all in your windows 7 device manager, so this may not work.

However, since you are using Intel dual-band, I recommend running this program..

Download Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® Software for Windows 7*

and it that does not work either, it would be best if you could post a screenshot of your windows10 bluetooth radio device manager item discussed in post #2
Hi, thanks for the information.

I have extracted the drivers but it hasn't changed anything in Control Panel, Device Manager etc.

I also found the Intel software previously and have installed that already - no result as of yet.
I have checked under services.msc and all Bluetooth services seem to be set to automatic (delayed start) or manual (in the case of the support service) so there is no issue there.

I am currently on Windows 7 and will update this thread with a screenshot of Windows 10 when I next boot into W10 (which will likely be tomorrow morning).
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10 Apr 2017   #6
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

question - what precisely happened when you followed the instructions on the softpedia link? In case you missed it, those steps are required after the extraction. Just based on your post, it sounds like you may have only done the extraction.

btw here is what my device manager looks like after installing the intel program in the link. It will not hurt if you install it again.

After doing both of the above, if your win7 device manager still shows nothing at all related to bluetooth, its as though win7 does not even see your bluetooth hardware, as though its disabled in bios.


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10 Apr 2017   #7
spotify95

Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
question - what precisely happened when you followed the instructions on the softpedia link? In case you missed it, those steps are required after the extraction. Just based on your post, it sounds like you may have only done the extraction.

btw here is what my device manager looks like after installing the intel program in the link. It will not hurt if you install it again.

After doing both of the above, if your win7 device manager still shows nothing at all related to bluetooth, its as though win7 does not even see your bluetooth hardware, as though its disabled in bios.
Hi,

Do you mean this bit?

Quote:
In order to manually update your driver, follow the steps below (the next steps):
1. Go to Device Manager (right click on My Computer, choose Manage and then find Device Manager in the left panel)
2. Right click on the hardware device you wish to update and choose Update Driver Software
3. Choose to select the location of the new driver manually and browse to the folder where you downloaded the driver
I have the three files from the extraction on my desktop but I don't know what to do from here. On Device Manager it has nothing to do with Bluetooth, and I don't know which of the three files to progress with. I'm guessing it is the coin91.dll, not the security catalog or setup information files.

Failing that, I'll reinstall the Intel Bluetooth.

edit: If it was BIOS related, would it just affect Windows 7? Because the Bluetooth works fine in Windows 10 (but not on 7).
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10 Apr 2017   #8
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

you're right, if it works in win10 its not a bios issue. And of course if there is a switch for you to manually turn it on and off, make sure its on. And my intel link leads to the same program you already downloaded, so that won't help either. And the softpedia files cannot be loaded if we don't know what device to load them under, so we need to take a new tack here.

Try each of these links and see if they are of any help. Also make sure that any reference at all to bluetooth within services.msc is set to automatic start as opposed to manual.

Adding Bluetooth Devices in Windows 7 - TechGenix

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...se-or-keyboard

If none of that helps, I'm guessing that because HP only gives you drivers for win10 for your machine, that there is some as-yet unknown win7 driver that you need to find and install, but it may not be actually bluetooth, but is a prerequisite for bluetooth. Just as a for instance, if your win7 machine has the generic USB root hub installed but you really need a more specific USB root hub driver in order for bluetooth to be detected, then we need to figure out what exactly that root hub driver is. That would explain your clean device manager, meaning when you installed windows it installed the generic usb root hub so that's why there is no yellow exclamation mark within your device manager.

Fortunately you have win10 fully working so there's a way you can figure out what you need. Just go into win7 device manager and expand every single plus sign next to each device name section. This will produce two or three screens of details. Then make a screen shot of that device manager detail, then page down to the remaining devices and make a screen shot of those too. I'll attach an image of just my uppermost devices to show you what I mean.

Then save those images somewhere and boot into win10 and open device manager the same way, and by opening your win7 device manager images right next to your actual win10 device manager details, compare the win7 device manager to the win10 device manager. My guess is you will find that one or more of the devices within win7 are generic yet within win10 they are specific to your hp hardware. Once you find which devices are different, just find the hardware ID as I mentioned in post #2 and do a google search for the win7 drivers for those devices. Let me know if I'm not being clear.


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15 Jun 2017   #9
spotify95

Windows 7 Professional, 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
you're right, if it works in win10 its not a bios issue. And of course if there is a switch for you to manually turn it on and off, make sure its on. And my intel link leads to the same program you already downloaded, so that won't help either. And the softpedia files cannot be loaded if we don't know what device to load them under, so we need to take a new tack here.

Try each of these links and see if they are of any help. Also make sure that any reference at all to bluetooth within services.msc is set to automatic start as opposed to manual.

Adding Bluetooth Devices in Windows 7 - TechGenix

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...se-or-keyboard

If none of that helps, I'm guessing that because HP only gives you drivers for win10 for your machine, that there is some as-yet unknown win7 driver that you need to find and install, but it may not be actually bluetooth, but is a prerequisite for bluetooth. Just as a for instance, if your win7 machine has the generic USB root hub installed but you really need a more specific USB root hub driver in order for bluetooth to be detected, then we need to figure out what exactly that root hub driver is. That would explain your clean device manager, meaning when you installed windows it installed the generic usb root hub so that's why there is no yellow exclamation mark within your device manager.

Fortunately you have win10 fully working so there's a way you can figure out what you need. Just go into win7 device manager and expand every single plus sign next to each device name section. This will produce two or three screens of details. Then make a screen shot of that device manager detail, then page down to the remaining devices and make a screen shot of those too. I'll attach an image of just my uppermost devices to show you what I mean.

Then save those images somewhere and boot into win10 and open device manager the same way, and by opening your win7 device manager images right next to your actual win10 device manager details, compare the win7 device manager to the win10 device manager. My guess is you will find that one or more of the devices within win7 are generic yet within win10 they are specific to your hp hardware. Once you find which devices are different, just find the hardware ID as I mentioned in post #2 and do a google search for the win7 drivers for those devices. Let me know if I'm not being clear.
Hi, apologies for the delays in getting back to you, I have been bit busy with things so haven't been able to continue with this for now.

I have just gone into W10 today (as W10 needed updating; I plan on using W7 until 2020 and potentially beyond) and got everything that is required.

I've attached all of the screenshots with regards to W7 and W10 device manager - hopefully you may be able to help me find out what I need to do to get BT working?


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15 Jun 2017   #10
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

sometimes the wifi miniport adapter causes a conflict. You might try disabling it within win7 device manager and rebooting.

also, I might have missed it but from the above it appears you have not tried the second part of post #2 regarding your bluetooth hardware device id within win10. You need the win7 version of that driver.

On the intel blueooth driver page it notes that for version 19.00.1621 that it uses a motorola driver for win7 and an intel driver for win10. I searched but could not find such a motorola driver, but its probably a part of the win7 download link.

Download Software for Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® Technology

have you tried the intel driver detection utility?

Intel® Driver Update Utility
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