Adding Bluetooth Module to my iBook?

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  1. chosenwolf macrumors 6502a

    chosenwolf

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    My laptop didn't come with it built in. Can you purchase the module seperately and then install it? Or you can only have it if you ordered your ibook with it as an option?
     
  2. risc macrumors 68030

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    It is a BTO option only.
     
  3. chosenwolf thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No it's not BTO only. you can get it off of one of the powerbook fix it sites or an Apple tech can get one for you. I had one installed on a 12" iBook 1.2ghz for about 70 or 80 bucks as I recall.
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    You're much better off just buying a Bluetooth USB dongle (unless you gonna use it for a BT mouse or keyboard, of course). I use a cheap Billionton that is more than good enough...
     
  6. chosenwolf thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Where in California did you go? I want to install one also. I want the wireless BT mouse but also to sync up information to my PDA.
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Well, iFixit have a pretty cool guide for 12 inch iBook Bluetooth installation. They also sell you all necessary components. :)
     
  8. California macrumors 68040

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    Unitek in Santa Monica. Tech there ordered the bluetooth chip and antenna and put it in with a superdrive, new hard drive. Worked very very well; designed for the non bluetooth iBook. But Mad Jew is right -- I think that fix it site is where I saw the thing in the first place.
     
  9. chosenwolf thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the info. Santa Monica is about 20 miles away from me. Do you still have their # by any chance?
     
  10. California macrumors 68040

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    It's right near the 405 on Santa Monica Blvd. Google Unitek Apple
     
  11. chosenwolf thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I found their site earlier today (http://www.unitekusa.com/products.cfm)

    Looks like they deal mainly with networking/servers. I'll give them a ring tommorow.
     
  12. chosenwolf thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Damn, apparently they can't get the modules anymore and I'd have to look on eBay. $70 installed was a great price.
     

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