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TIP: Give your HTC Himalaya a different Bluetooth device name
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 16.02.04 - 13:50:56 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 17816x
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If you are using your HTC Himalaya (aka O2 Xda II, MDA 2, PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition) Bluetooth feature, you might have recognized the device name with which it appears for other Bluetooth devices.
This is mostly your name, how you've entered it into the Owner Information because Microsoft's Bluetooth stack takes this information as the Bluetooth device name. If you want to give your device a different and more meaningful name, you have to tweak the Registry as following:

Initially your device appears for other Bluetooth devices as following:

Which isn't that helpful, especially if you have several Bluetooth enabled Pocket PCs as they all will appear with the same name than.

This is because the Microsoft Bluetooth stack is tacking the Bluetooth device name from the Owner Information:

Therefore you have to tweak the Registry to change the device name to something different more unique.

  • Open your Registry Editor (I suggest PHM's free Registry editor for Pocket PCs) and browse to "HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftBluetoothSettings".
  • Hereyou get a value called "LocalName". That's the device name used for Bluetooth identification.
  • Tap "LocalName" and change it to whatever you want and close it by tapping ok.
  • Now your device gets its new name.
  • Close the Registry Editor and perform a softreset to make the new name available.

Next time you bond with other Bluetooth devices you Himalaya is recognized with the correct name:

Downside: Next time you open the Owner Information for any reason, the Himalaya will take the Owner Name as device name again and you have to rename it through the Registry again! But I'm not using the Owner Information that often and therefore it works perfectly for me!

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Posted by Filip Norrgård on 16.02.04 - 14:29:49

This is good to keep in mind. Thanks for finding the tweak! smile

Btw, Arne, how long you've had the Logitech Di Novo keyboard set? Do you like it as much as I do (i.e. very much)? wink

On another note, I think it is worth censoring the Bluetooth addresses (in the images above) out of a security perspective. Or am I wrong here? :?

Posted by Arne Hess on 16.02.04 - 14:50:05

> Btw, Arne, how long you've had the Logitech Di

> Novo keyboard set? Do you like it as much as I

> do (i.e. very much)? wink

Hehehe... Was clear that you guys find out that too! ;-) I have it for a couple of weeks now and I'm completely addicted to it! I prefer this Notebook styled keyboards much more over traditional keyboard layouts and the features are fantastic, even if it is less than my previous Logitech Wireless Keyboard I had. However, it's just enough and I like to use it!

The reason why I bought it was a simple one and I still need to write about it: it's because my "out of the office" work like for my latest customer. There I'm with my Notebook (don't have a company PC there) and as much I love Subnotebooks, typing on it 8 hours or more can be a pain. Therefore I decided to test the diNovo with Bluetooth together with my Bluetooth "enabled" Vaio and best of all is - since the Vaio Bluetooth software got HDI profile implemented (as an update Sony users can dl from the support site), I don't have to carry the BT hub of the diNovo system but it's working straight through the Vaio BT stack! :-) Okay, it doesn't support all diNovo features but it's an easy to carry and connecting full size keyboard for such journeys! :-)

Unfortunately, Logitech requires the Hub installed to allow installing the software with all its features, but even without the Logitech software, it's working fine as a "plain" keyboard and mouse! :-)

> On another note, I think it is worth censoring

> the Bluetooth addresses (in the images above)

> out of a security perspective. Or am I wrong

> here? :?

Yes thought about it too but who have any benefits to clone the addresses? So I don't think it's that risky at all...

Posted by Bree on 19.06.04 - 10:38:48

Hey Arne,

Thanks for the tweak tip! Worked really fine for me.   big_smile

Posted by Foxenesys on 03.12.05 - 21:36:22

Tried this on my X51v : flawless !

BTW, user should disable the Owner Information plugin on the today page, otherwise it will set back the registry to the former value.

Thx again !

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