Not all Acer laptops -- even newer models -- come with a Bluetooth module; Bluetooth is often an optional feature included only with select products. If your Acer lacks built-in Bluetooth, you can connect a universal serial bus dongle to the laptop to add Bluetooth capabilities. To use the dongle with the computer, however, you must install the Bluetooth drivers -- software that allows the dongle to receive instructions from Windows and send commands to Bluetooth devices -- to the laptop. Once the dongle is installed, you can add Bluetooth devices to your PC.
Insert the software disc that came with the Bluetooth dongle into the optical drive. Right-click "Start," click "Open Windows Explorer" and then double-click the disc drive if the computer fails to launch setup.
Select the option to install the dongle to the laptop. Connect the dongle to an available USB slot when prompted.
Follow the onscreen instructions to install the Bluetooth drivers to the computer. Restart the PC if prompted.
Restart the computer. After reboot, click "Start | Control Panel | Hardware and Sound | Bluetooth Devices."
Make your device discoverable and then click "Add." Select your Bluetooth device and then click "Next."
Follow the onscreen instructions to pair the device with the Acer laptop.
- If you no longer have the CD that came with the dongle, navigate to the hardware manufacturer's website and download the drivers from the site. Double-click the driver file to install the Bluetooth stack to Windows.
- Acer laptops that have Bluetooth built-in will often include a button or switch that turns wireless communication on and off on the Acer. Check the laptop for a Bluetooth indicator light; if the light is off, push the button or slide the switch to enable Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth dongle
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