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Making crappy USB Bluetooth dongles work with the native Windows XP stack

From here. Works on these knock-off mini-dongles from DealExtreme. If you have this exact dongle, you can skip all this and just use my hacked INF.

  • Insert crappy dongle.
  • Skip the drivers.
  • Open the device in device manager.
  • In the Details tab, select "Hardware ids", and select the entry that has the Vid and Pid only – the one that looks most like "USB\Vid_1131&Pid_1004". Press Ctrl-C to copy this entry to clipboard. Save it for later.
  • Copy the file "%windir%\inf\bth.inf" to another directory.
  • Open the copy in an editor (e.g. notepad), and find the "[Cambridge.NT.5.1]" section.
  • Add the line "My wacky dongle=BthUsb, USB\Vid_1131&Pid_1004", except replace the bolded part with the string you copied earlier. You can change the name to whatever you like. Save the file.
  • In the device properties, click "Update driver" or "Install driver".
  • Choose advanced, and specify the path to the "bth.inf" file we just edited.
  • Your dongle should be recognized as "My wacky dongle" or whatever you named it, and work with the standard XP bluetooth stack.
making_crappy_usb_bluetooth_dongles_work_with_the_native_windows_xp_stack.txt · Last modified: 2008/07/07 16:26 (external edit)

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