Bluetooth disappeared..

Discussion in 'macOS' started by salmon06, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. salmon06 macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2006
    I have a 12inch powerbook 1.5ghz (Most recent of the 12inch PowerBooks) running 10.4.8. Its a very clean install (Format and re-installed last weekend).
    I started using a bluetooth might mouse during the week.

    Since waking my computer up from sleep I get Bluetooth: not available. Bluetooth options have all disappeared from preferences.

    I have tried:
    Unpluggin power and removing battery for 60 seconds.
    Resetting nvram and restoring defaults.
    Deleting the bluetooth preferences file.

    If i plug in a usb bluetooth adapter it works fine.

    Any ideas?

  2. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    Give disk utility a run from the install disk and tell me how it goes:eek: .

  3. salmon06 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2006
    Yea, i tried disk utility, repairs, reboots, PMU resets, pretty much everything relevant I could find to reset. No Luck. In the end I have just finished an archive and install which has fixed the problem. What a pain.
  4. PYR0M310N macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    had this on my G5, what you need to do is unplug everything from the back including power etc. then start your computer with on the power in and keyboard. then restart and then plug everything else back in.
  5. BiikeMike macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2005
    Great idea........ except its a laptop ;)

    I have had this same problem on my MBP, Anyone have the answer of why this happens?
  6. salmon06 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2006
    Ok it's gone and done it again. The trackpad also goes wierd (the speed of track sensor goes whack and slight movements become long movements).

    It's still under warantee but it seems to be a software issue because an archive and install fixes the problem.

    If it doesnt come good by itself i'll send it back though...what a pain.

  7. wanda macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2006
    In a van down by the river
    I know this thread is kinda old but I just started having the same problem...bluetooth logo has a line across it and it says "bluetooth unavailable". Its happened twice now and both times it has "fixed" itself. I did a search and came across this thread but I was wondering if there was ever any resolution to Salmon6's problem.

    Any one have any idea's.

    by the way, i'm using a MB C2D 1.8Gh. stock, off the shelf, no added hardware. Bluetooth device is a kensington mouse, and it's happened once with the mouse connected and once when i wasn't using any BT devices at all.
  8. NicP macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2005
    I have been having this problem a lot on my MB too. It has happened with no bluetooth devices connected, but seams to happen most often when my logitech mouse and apple keyboard are both connected.

    I reinstalled 10.4 from scratch and the problem has not resolved itself
  9. wetrix macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I just had the exact same problem with my C2D 2.0Ghz macbook. I searched elsewhere and found a solution that at least worked for me.

    Delete /library/preferences/
    Unplug everything including power
    Take out battery
    Leave for a few minutes
    Reboot with nothing plugged in.

    Bluetooth is now available.
  10. resjr67 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    FINALLY! Bluetooth, Check your USB items!

    Man, this has been a real pain! I have the G5 and have had this problem from the beginning. I reinstalled the ops system and it came back until I turned the system off again. I rebooted and sometimes it would come back, usually not. Finally figured it out. I had a Logitech webcam plugged into the USB which turned out to be the problem. Once I removed it and restarted, the bluetooth came back. Just to verify, I did it over and over and it kept working. I plugged in the webcam, rebooted, and it quit working. Removed, rebooted and it came back every time. ( I only rebooted so much to verify this because this system is so fast :) I tried plugging in several different USB items, and it seems things like the USB webcam and wireless components are the biggest issues. Give it a try, something about these items messes with the bluetooth card.

    Hope this helps some of you,
  11. wilmat09 macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2009
    It worked!

    I was running Windows XP in Boot Camp on my MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum) and suddenly my graphics card failed (while running Garry's Mod), forcing me to do a force-shutdown. After that my bluetooth hardware disappeared when I restarted in Windows. I tried restarting in Mac OSX and discovered the preference pane for bluetooth wasn't even there. So I tried the steps above, and it works now!

    Hooray for simple fixes :apple:
  12. Effedieffe macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2009
    It worked for me too!

    I had the same problem on my iMac G5 with Leopard and I tried the above (without the "Take out battery" item) and it works now.

    Thank you guys!

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