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IOGear GBU221 Bluetooth USB Adapter
This item works fine as of now... I have no complaints; however, it had me ready to pull my hair out during several installation attempts. Another review stated that this was the only Bluetooth USB adapter that was Vista-ready "right out of the box"... I don't see how that could be possible. The software that comes with the adapter is totally useless if you use Vista; you might as well use the disc for a coaster or throw it out immediately. Google the latest software for this device, and then look for one of the first few listed results that has "IOGear" in the URL and click on it... the reason for doing this instead of going to IOGear and searching there is that IOGear's website search engine didn't pull anything up for this device, for some reason (maybe because it's not their latest product in this line... who knows?). Download and install the latest software and use it right off the bat... DO NOT download the software that comes with the device and then try to 'upgrade' it with the new package (if you do, you'll wish you hadn't). Even if you just use the latest software, you may have to uninstall and re-install at least once to get a clean install that works properly. Once you do get a clean install of the latest software, the adapter itself works great. I bought this adapter mainly to transfer audio (for ring tones) and picture files from my PC to my phone quickly and easily. Mission accomplished... but again, the software installation was a hassle with Vista OS.
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Win7 64 bit with Palm 700p AOK
By Robert Dickert
When I upgraded from Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit, I was disappointed to learn that my Palm 700p had no driver and couldn't use USB sync (shame on you, Palm). The only solution is to go to bluetooth.
I bought The IOGear BT adapter based on reviews saying it worked in Vista64. When it came in I just plugged it in and waited. Within a few minutes, Windows had discovered and installed the necessary drivers (I've had very good luck with drivers on win7). I did not use the CD that came with it. Nothing easier than that. Great product, IOGear!
Before you pair your Palm, and this was key, update to the current Palm desktop (available from Palm free online) and change your HotSync settings (look for Connections, bottom-left of the settings window for HotSync Manager 7.0.2). I found that selecting "Bluetooth" as a sync method was not sufficient - sync never activated on the PC. As soon as I added "Serial" to the list, the next sync worked. I'm not sure where I found this, but that was the missing piece for me.
To get the Palm paired and working took several attempts for me. I'd recommend going into the windows Bluetooth settings and making your PC visible, then setting up from the Palm (for security, turn off visibility after you're done pairing). Wait for it to recognize your PC's name, not just "unnamed computer". On the Palm, ignore & hit "next" thru the steps in the wizard about setting up a serial port - not relevant to Vista/Win7 (thanks, kimoeagle). If your Hotsync settings are right and the pairing takes, you'll be syncing.
Sync is slower on Bluetooth, so be patient - at least it works, and obsolescence is held at bay a little longer. By the way, if you use PocketTunes, that still works via USB (I have Rhapsody and needed that to get my to-go tunes). Good luck!
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Works on Vista 64
By Larry Fasnacht
I am so happy! I have tried a couple of Bluetooth adapters that did not work on my Vista 64 laptop. In fact the Rockfish micro adapter crashed my system and I had to restore Windows. I did a lot of research, mostly here on Amazon and found the IOGEAR GBU221 Bluetooth to USB adapter which claimed to work with Vista 64.
I followed the directions explicitly, but a problem arose right away. The first instruction was to insert the adapter in the USB slot. As soon as I did, Windows automatically started installing drivers. I had no options. Once the drivers and software were installed, I could see the Bluetooth adapter in device manager. I could also pair my Rocketfish Bluetooth headphones with the computer, but could not use them to listen to playback.
I tried running the CD that came with the adapter and it exited immediately with the message that a later driver was already installed.
I uninstalled the software and tried it again. Same problem.
I called IOGEAR and they suggested I download the drivers from their web site, which I did. After installing them, the headset still wouldn't connect, though it would pair. I did have a new option on the right click menu for the headphones that was labeled "control". I tried that and after looking around, I found that my headphones had the option checked which indicated that they had a display screen so I could type in a passkey. My headphones have no such display. I checked the other box that said "no display" and closed the program. I had to re-pair the headphones one more time and then EUREKA! They worked!
One other note, the headphones had a "pop" every so many seconds. I went into the right click menu on the headphones and turned off everything except Audio, and remote control. Now the pop is gone and the signal is excellent.
I can listen to the music playing on my laptop, anywhere in the house with no problems. Very nice.
The headphone now connect instantly when turned on.
One of the suggestions in the Windows trouble shooting guide indicated that a Bluetooth adapter might need more amps than those normally provided by a hub. This one runs fine without the hub being plugged into an A/C outlet.