USB Bluetooth Dongles, Bluesoleil and Nokia PC Suite
USB bluetooth dongles are well known to have problems working with Nokia PC Suite in Windows XP SP2. The Windows Bluetooth Device drivers are often pointed out as the culpricts. The solution for this situation is well documented by Microsoft in KB840635.But in case of cheap bluetooth dongles, like the one by Orchid Innovations that I own, the problem lies elsewhere.
This posting relates to solving the issues between the bluetooth dongles and PC Suite. If you are looking for IVT Bluesoleil Software, just visit www.esnips.com and perform a Search. Apparently many people have uploaded it there.Drivers for this and many such dongles are not installed by Windows plug-and-play and bth.inf is not the culprict. These dongles commonly come with IVT Corporation’s BlueSoleil Bluetooth driver package. Usually, Nokia PC Suite and IVT BlueSoleil are installed without a hitch. The user can send and recieve messages from the computer to the BT enabled mobile phone through the BlueSoleil services. But when attempt is made to connect Nokia PC Suite to the BT cellphone, it gives an error message, “Cannot use the connection type. Check that all the needed hardware software and drivers are available”.
Here’s how I got my BT connection working:
We start on the basic assumption that you are using a bluetooth capable mobile phone, a Windows XP computer with Service Pack 2 and a Bluetooth USB dongle with which IVT BlueSoleil installation package was bundled.
To make sure we start with a relatively clean slate, go to your computer’s Windows\inf directory, find “bth.inf” and rename it to “bth.bak”.(If you cannot find the file open My Computer, go to Tools > Folder Options > View and uncheck Hide extensions for known file types. Similarly, for “Hidden Files and Folders” choose “Show Hidden Files and Folders).
Then uninstall the Nokia PC Suite, any BT dongle drivers you installed and the IVT Bluesoleil package. Reboot PC.Go to the Nokia PC Suite download page and download the PC Suite package most appropriate for your computer and cellphone (Nokia PC Suite 6.8 being the latest at the time of writing this).Next, download the BlueSoleil Standard version package.
Install BlueSoleil and restart your PC.Install Nokia PC Suite and resart your PC once more.You might have selected autostart option during BlueSoleil installation and the service might be running already. In the alternative, start the Bluesoleil sevice by clicking on the desktop icon created in the installation.
Start Nokia PC Suite.Right click on its tray icon and click “About Nokia PC Suite”.In “About Nokia PC Suite” screen, click “System Info”.Scroll down and find the section marked “Bluetooth Stacks”.This should list a Microsoft Bluetooth Stack and an IVT Bluetooth Stack. If the IVT Bluetooth Stack is not listed than you have pinpointed your problem.Open “Start” > “Run”. Type excatly this, including the quotes (simply copy-paste)
regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Common Files\PCSuite\Transports\NclIVTBTMM.dll”
Press OK and a Regsvr32 dialog box should pop up indicating a successfull DLL registration. Restart the computer. Now start the Bluesoleil service and Nokia PC Suite. IVT Bletooth Stack should be listed in System Info now. Enable your cellphone BT services in discoverable mode. Enjoy!