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Get your Anycom Bluetooth USB Adapter USB-2x0 working under Windows Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at Friday, 23.02.07 - 14:50:14 CET under Digital - Gadgets - Viewed 34556x

Long time ago, I was a big fan of Anycom's Bluetooth products, basically because Anycome was one of the first companies which offered Bluetooth PC- and CF-cards which worked with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs (it was the time, when Compaq's iPAQ line was the state of the art device and thanks to the jackets, you were able to use even PCMCIA and CF-cards with Pocket PCs). Well, recently I bought a new Bluetooth USB stick for my Windows Media Center (I've upgraded from the Acer stick since Acer failed to provide drivers) and as it turned out, the Anycom USB Adapter USB-200 was even Bluetooth 2.0 already (bout it early last year).

So indeed - another great product I wasn't unhappy with but well - Anycom likes to use their own Bluetooth stack (I think it's based on the Broadcom stack) but I prefer the Microsoft stack, even if it offers less, it's better working with ActiveSync and/or the Windows Mobile Device Center.

Getting rid of a "pre-defined" Bluetooth stack causes always trouble, but not so with the Anycom  USB-2x0 USB Adapter. The fine folks from Anycom released a driver called "anycom-bluetooth-usb2x0-windowsxp-v2-1-0-4.exe" which allows you to use the Anycom Blue USB-200/220/250 USB Adapter with the Microsoft Bluetooth Stack on Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP x86-64 bit edition. So far so good but I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate on my Media Center now but I decided to give it a try anyway and voila - it works even with Windows Vista. However, you have to know how to make it working:

  • In case you have installed any other Bluetooth drivers before, unplug the USB adapter and remove uninstall any Bluetooth drivers first.
  • Download the driver to your Windows Vista PC and install it
  • Do a reboot (at least it cannot hurt)
  • Plugin the USB adapter and open the Windows Device Manager (Computer -> Properties -> Device Manager)
  • Here you should find the unrecognized USB Adapter:
  • Right click -> Update Driver Software
  • Select Brose my computer for driver software
  • Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer:
  • Select Bluetooth Radios:
  • Here we go, Vista already shows you the right driver:
  • Click Next and the driver is going to be successfully installed:
  • Now you can Close the wizard and Vista is installing all possible profiles for the Bluetooth adapter:

That's it. The next time you start Windows Vista, you will find the Bluetooth icon in the Task bar:

as well as you will find it in the Control Panel (Classic View):

Not sure why Windows Vista isn't installing the right driver itself if it knows which one to use but I think, it's because the driver isn't signed (for Windows Vista). Therefore Vista denies to install it automatically.

Anyway, that's pretty cool and handy and it's really appreciated, if companies like Anycom provides such tools to let the customer chose which Bluetooth stacks to use. At least, this is far less hassle then previously installing the Windows Vista Bluetooth driver on my Fujitsu Siemens Tablet PC. Well done Anycom!

Cheers ~ Arne

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