Bluetooth "not available"?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by BIS2, May 21, 2005.

  1. BIS2 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2004
    Recently, I went to use my Powerbook and the battery had completely drained. When I plugged in and restarted, I noticed that the Bluetooth icon on the top of the screen (sorry I don't know the proper name for this) was greyed out and has a squiggly line crossing it out. If I put the mouse over the icon and click, it says "Bluetooth: Not available." I've tried going into Bluetooth setup assistant, etc. and when I do I get this message:

    "No Bluetooth hardware found.

    In order to use this application, you must have a Bluetooth module. Please verify that your Bluetooth hardware is properly attached to the computer."

    Before the battery ran down, Bluetooth was fine. I have only used it once so I'm not all that upset that its not working, but it does bother me on principle - I'd like to be able to sue it if I want to. Any ideas for how to fix this?

  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    This has come up for people a few times in the past and it could sometimes be solved by one or more of the things in this thread.
  3. razorme macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2002
    Calgary, AB

    I was having this problem on my 20" iMac with Panther. I hoped it would be fixed with Tiger but the problem remained. I wasn't too worried since I don't have any BT devices yet, but since BT is running off the USB system, I rebooted the computer with all USB devices unplugged, and sure enough the BT assistant came on because no keyboard was detected. I plugged all my USB stuff back in, and the BT stayed active. USB (and FW) just are not as robust as one would hope. Hope this helps you come up with some ideas.

  4. BIS2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2004

    Took the battery out and it did the trick - thanks!

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