Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Oct 9, 2008, 03:14 AM   #1
danielsamuels
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Exclamation MacBook Bluetooth not working, tried many fixes.

Hey!

I've had my current MacBook since the Feb '08 update, and I turned it on a few days ago and the bluetooth had disappeared, it wasn't showing up at all. I got it back from the Apple store after having the screen and top casing replaced, and it was working until a few days ago when I turned it on and it was "Not Available".

I googled the problem, and I have tried the following fixes so far:

Take out battery and hold power button.
Leave battery in and hold power button.
Cmd+Opt+P+R on boot, restart twice whilst holding.
/var/root/Library/Preferences/blued.plist Didn't exist even with root user enabled.

Any help would be great!
danielsamuels is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2008, 06:56 AM   #2
logana
macrumors 65816
 
logana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Scotland
Go to Apple Menu > about this Mac > more info > bluetooth.

I suspect that there may be nothing showing there....

Sometimes after doing this the Bluetooth module starts to work......
__________________
MacBook 7,1 - 2.4GHz 8GB 500GB, 32GB iPod Touch 4G
logana is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2008, 09:31 AM   #3
danielsamuels
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by logana View Post
Go to Apple Menu > about this Mac > more info > bluetooth.

I suspect that there may be nothing showing there....

Sometimes after doing this the Bluetooth module starts to work......
"No information found."
danielsamuels is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2008, 09:40 AM   #4
logana
macrumors 65816
 
logana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Scotland
Quote:
Originally Posted by danielsamuels View Post
"No information found."
and presumably it does not work when you go back to the bluetooth icon....

I suspect that the bluetooth board has failed since it worked for a while after you got it back from the repair.

Try a restart ?

I have had this a few times but going to the profiler usually gets it working...odd.
__________________
MacBook 7,1 - 2.4GHz 8GB 500GB, 32GB iPod Touch 4G
logana is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2008, 09:46 AM   #5
danielsamuels
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by logana View Post
and presumably it does not work when you go back to the bluetooth icon....

I suspect that the bluetooth board has failed since it worked for a while after you got it back from the repair.

Try a restart ?

I have had this a few times but going to the profiler usually gets it working...odd.
I've restarted many times, tried the system profiler. Still nothing.

I really don't want to take it back to Apple. If it doesn't work eventually, I'll buy whatever laptop comes out on the 14th or a Pro..
danielsamuels is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 22, 2008, 11:49 AM   #6
island
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: CT
Send a message via AIM to island
Just happened to me on my new MacBook (Glass/Alum), what bull. Back to the store I guess..
__________________
MBP i7 2.8, 16GB, 1TB EVO SSD
Cube: i7 3.4, 32GB, 2 x 1TB EVO SSD, GTX 780
iPhone 5S SG. Soon: iPhone 6 & Apple Watch
island is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 6, 2009, 03:18 PM   #7
fotogravity
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Smile network settings ppp

I had the same problem. MacPilot's system profiler mentioned something about a bluetooth PPP connection, could have something to do with a GPRS-modem I use. I'm not fluent in networking bla bla, so I reset my network connection, and like a little black magic - I did not know what I really did - after a restart bluetooth reappeared.
__________________
Macintosh Plus ED Macintosh Classic iMac 24" MacBook
visit my fotoblog
fotogravity is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 6, 2009, 03:35 PM   #8
iLog.Genius
macrumors 68040
 
iLog.Genius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Looks like another trip to the Apple Store or authorized service provider.
__________________
15.4" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, WD Scorpio Blue 500GB HDD, GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT
iPad with Retina Display
iPhone 5S
iLog.Genius is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 6, 2009, 05:15 PM   #9
eman
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In the great white north
Looks like your bluetooth board failed or has come unplugged.
__________________
I buy broken macbooks.
eman is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2010, 06:38 PM   #10
batman1966
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Unhappy SOL with bluetooth -- help?

I have a MacBook Pro running system 10.5.6, and my bluetooth option recently disappeared after installing a new hard drive. I bought the D-Link DBT-120 and now my bluetooth icon is back in my control panel, but I am not able to turn it on. It is grayed out at the top of the screen. I tried connecting with a Nokia cell phone and it recognized and paired with it, but can't do anything else until I manage to turn on bluetooth on the Mac. I've read that no drivers are needed, and that it is compatible with my system. I've tried all the things (PRAM, remove battery, etc) that made it work before I installed the new drive, but no luck. Can't find any solutions on the net so far. Any help would be appreciated.
batman1966 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 1, 2011, 12:34 PM   #11
seanellis
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
This simple fix worked on Bluetooth issue

I first tried rebooting - didn't work
Then tried resetting my PRAM - didn't work
Tried rebooting again - didn't work

Then just tried holding down the off button for 20 seconds. Bluetooth was working when my Mac came back online.
seanellis is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 5, 2011, 03:13 AM   #12
ChrisVector
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Calgary, Canada
Holding down the power button for twenty seconds works like a charm. Bluetooth is back in business. Awesome
ChrisVector is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 5, 2011, 04:03 AM   #13
WAM2
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: United States
I Had this with my MacBook, A Reinstall of Lion did the trick for me. After resetting SMC,PRAM, and rebooting, the reinstall was the only thing that worked, its unlikely it came unplugged.
__________________
2012 21.5" iMac: 2.7Ghz i5, 8GB RAM, GT 650m, 1TB HDD
2009 17" MacBook Pro: 2.8Ghz C2D, 6GB RAM, 9600m GT, 240GB SSD
PC: Custom and Changing
iPhone 6+ Space Grey AT&T 128GB
WAM2 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 6, 2011, 03:30 AM   #14
howbotnik
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
This tends to be a common problem with earlier MacBooks, I have read. It happened to mine, the bluetooth would drop out intermittently.

My problem was to do with the bluetooth cable linking the motherboard and bluetooth logic board - it was getting interference from other cables.

Have a read of this

Eventually I ended up replacing all my bluetooth hardware and it is running perfectly now.

So try all the options available before opening up your macbook. There are some excellent guides out there on ifixit for this problem.

H
howbotnik is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 15, 2011, 04:37 PM   #15
bradymc
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Jiggle it?

It seems odd, but this worked for me. I'd tried other methods explained here, but none worked.

I found this article that shows how to replace the bluetooth board: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installi...h-Board/3422/1

Using that as a guide (since I've never cracked open the back of my MBP before), I found the bluetooth board and just wiggled and pressed down slightly on the wire that makes the connection to the antennae. When i put it all back together and booted up, I had bluetooth again.
bradymc is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2012, 08:22 PM   #16
Julay
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Greater Philadelphia
I had a Bluetooth icon in the finder bar, but when I clicked on it, there was a message saying it wasn't working, and Bluetooth was not seen in the system profiler. Holding the power button for 20 worked for me. I shut down the computer, unplugged it, took out the battery, then held the power button down for 20 seconds. I then reinserted the battery, plugged the laptop back in, and then held the power button again for 20 seconds again. I'm not sure which intervention worked, but one of them did.
Julay is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 18, 2012, 10:23 PM   #17
knguyeniii
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
holding the power button works!

I held the power button for 30 secs and my bluetooth is working again. this method works with the latest osx release (jun 2012). my macbook is the 13in 2008 model.
knguyeniii is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 15, 2013, 07:22 AM   #18
interslice
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NL
Comfirmed also working for me too

I deleted my bluetooth plist files in prefs
I reset PRAM
I reset SMC for 15 seconds
I smashed it with a hammer

nothing!!!

I came here:
I just held the powerbutton from the instruction directly! for 30 seconds
(computer hard shut down)
take out battery - another 30 seconds power button
put in battery - another 10 seconds power button until the Mac screemed at me
(got scared and let go)

BACK to NORMAL! thanks guys
__________________
everything is nothing - our treasure lies in our deepest darkest hole ... FB: SpiritualEggs - everything you need to know!
interslice is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Apple Fixes FaceTime on Older Versions of OS X, iOS 6 Still Not Working MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 93 May 15, 2014 06:00 PM
Resolved: Windows 8 Bluetooth Not Working on MacBook 4,1 MacManiac76 Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac 4 May 24, 2013 06:21 PM
Macbook trackpad doesnt click,a hit fixes it maxout5 MacBook 2 May 20, 2013 08:32 AM
Anyone have Wifi stop working, then a reboot fixes it? zorinlynx iPhone 1 Oct 25, 2012 04:51 PM
bootcamp stops working on Win7, reboot fixes spinedoc77 Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac 0 Jun 24, 2012 04:38 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:43 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC