Bluetooth Firmware Updater from Hell!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Chuck, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. Chuck macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2003
    ...Now I'm wishing I didn't even download the updater, as I tried running it, and it didn't seem to update the firmware anyway, and now I have no Bluetooth module at all!

    Has anyone else had problems with this updater?

    Any help would be muchly appreciated.

  2. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    I had some of the same problems as you. If you restart your computer, your Bluetooth capability should return. Click here to see a parallel thread documenting the problem and try to follow the instructions given in this thread on the Apple Support forums.

    Basically, restart your computer, go to Bluetooth prefs and switch off/unpair all devices. Then repair permissions (using disk utility in the utilities folder) then try the update again and it should work. If, after all that, it still doesn't work, try downloading it from the Apple downloads page directly rather than from Software Update. Then be patient - it should take 10-15 mins or so.
  3. WCat macrumors member


    After following the excellent suggestions above, I have also heard that some people have fixed the "Bluetooth disappears" issue by doing a PMU reset and then rebooting after the updater finishes. That seems to help...assuming you can get to that point :eek:

    FWIW, I personally have not had any problems doing the update(s) on three Macs with internal modules and one using the external DLink dongle.


  4. quackattack macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2004
    Boise, ID
    Had no problems at all. I feel for you. Apparently I got lucky.....
  5. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    It worked fine for me although I had to plug in a USB mouse and restart as it lost my devices. This may be a pain if you only have a bluetooth mouse/kb :rolleyes: After the restart I had to re pair the devices but other than that it was fine.

    It does take quite a long time to do the update. I did repair permissions both before and after though nothing was untoward. I used the standalone updater and have a D-link dongle thingy.
  6. asif786 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2004
    London, UK.
    damn, does this issue relate to the internal bluetooth module or external ones?

    my new imac is arriving today and now i dont know if I should run the updater or not :eek:

  7. BlankStar macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2004
    i did the bluetooth firmware and the last airport update at the same time and rebooted and had no problems at all. salling Clicker found my mobile and paired with it like as usual...

    (PowerBook Rev A 12")
  8. cmvsm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2004
    Bluetooth Firmware Update

    I installed the bluetooth firmware update the other night. No problems what so ever. It did the trick in that before it wasn't finding my mouse so quickly, but now that problem is gone... :D
  9. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I've noticed this too, but up until now I assumed maybe I was imagining things. :D Since the update, it does seem as if my Bluetooth mouse doesn't take nearly as long to respond when I start using it again after its been idle for a while.

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