PC Resists Bluetoothing! What's going on?

Wendy S

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I'm trying to add bluetooth capability to my Windows PC (Dell Optiplex 790) running Windows 7 Ultimate...I bought a bluetooth dongle that connects to the Line In audio, but I can't get Windows to even detect it, despite trying various software including Intel's bluetooth software. What am I doing wrong?
I'm trying to hook everything up via bluetooth or at least get all my components on the same network. I have already added bluetooth to my vintage stereo receiver, but I'm trying to bluetooth the PC so I don't have to run all the bluetooth off my phone like I'm doing now. If I'm misguided somewhere can you set me straight? Thanks! Your site is awesome, BTW
 
If you are trying to send audio TO the PC then connecting a BT receiver to the PC audio input would work.
If you are trying to send audio FROM your PC then connecting a BT transmitter to the PC audio output would work.
Using a USB bluetooth adapter of the correct type would work too.
 

Wendy S

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Well, the package said it would be compatible with iPhone, Android, laptop, etc etc so I assumed (uh-oh!) I could use it for the desktop. I didn't even think about that. And it directs you to plug it into the headphone jack or Line in, so that's what I did. So you think that's the problem, I need a USB plugin. Makes sense. I wonder if there's an adapter I can use to get this one to plug into USB or if i just need to take it back. Well anyway, if that's the problem, it's easy to fix! Thanks

 

daniel.morgan2004

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Like jsmithepa said, it might only work for laptops and phones, you can buy a cheap one from Asus for around 12 pounds which will work with USB 2,2.1,3 its called the 'ASUS USB-BT400'
 
If you are trying to send audio TO the PC then connecting a BT receiver to the PC audio input would work.
If you are trying to send audio FROM your PC then connecting a BT transmitter to the PC audio output would work.
Using a USB bluetooth adapter of the correct type would work too.
 
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