Help with adding Bluetooth 4.0 to my MacBook Pro 6,2 (Mid 2010, 15")

Beitie

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Feb 24, 2020
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Minnesota USA
Hello everyone, my first post here! Hooray!

So recently I picked up a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro and I've mostly just been playing around with it and enjoying it. However, I wanted to get AirDrop to start working with my iPhone 11 Pro. So after a ton of searching, I stumbled upon this old thread:


This explains how to install a card that has Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities into a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro.

Long story short, I have the card installed, and Wi-Fi is working, heck, even Bluetooth appears to be working. However, I have been unable to figure out the kext part of that tutorial, and I think part of it may be because I'm using OS X 10.13.6 instead of the 10.10 that guide was originally made for.

If anyone could help me to get everything properly set up, I'd sure appreciate it.

Currently the card does seem to work, though when I boot my system up, it does take about a full 2 minuets for the Wi-Fi to connect, so there are certianly a few things not working properly yet.
 

Beitie

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Feb 24, 2020
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Minnesota USA
Okay, I'm now seeing a bunch of old threads about a Continuity tool that may help this process, but I can't find the tool, and it hasn't been upadted in 4 years. I'd really appreciate some help here.
 
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LuisN

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Mar 30, 2013
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Torres Vedras, Portugal
Hello everyone, my first post here! Hooray!

So recently I picked up a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro and I've mostly just been playing around with it and enjoying it. However, I wanted to get AirDrop to start working with my iPhone 11 Pro. So after a ton of searching, I stumbled upon this old thread:


This explains how to install a card that has Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities into a Mid 2010 MacBook Pro.

Long story short, I have the card installed, and Wi-Fi is working, heck, even Bluetooth appears to be working. However, I have been unable to figure out the kext part of that tutorial, and I think part of it may be because I'm using OS X 10.13.6 instead of the 10.10 that guide was originally made for.

If anyone could help me to get everything properly set up, I'd sure appreciate it.

Currently the card does seem to work, though when I boot my system up, it does take about a full 2 minuets for the Wi-Fi to connect, so there are certianly a few things not working properly yet.
Ask here, the process is the same for Mojave and Catalina: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread....2183772/page-453?post=28542911#post-28542911
I did it a long time ago but I don't know if my notes are accurate, (these commands will whitelist your board):

Continuity





- From Catalina Desktop, plug the BT 4.0 to any usb port, and check that it automatically starts blinking with the blue-led (without installing any additional driver)





- From Catalina Terminal copy/paste this:


and this: ioreg -l | grep "board-id"





then from Terminal you have to copy/paste in one line this:





sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set:Mac-YOURBOARDIDNUMBERS:ContinuitySupport true" "/System/Library/Frameworks/IOBluetooth.framework/Versions/A/Resources/SystemParameters.plist"





After you enter those commands reboot, if you still don't have Continuity features, try from System Preferences iCloud prefpane to sign-out and sign-in again from the unsupported Catalina Mac.
 
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Beitie

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Feb 24, 2020
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Minnesota USA
Hey Douglas, hopefully this will help you. I've been able to get it to work for me on both High Sierra and Catalina, but it's a LOT of work.

First step would be to download the tool from GitHub, here's a link: https://github.com/dokterdok/Continuity-Activation-Tool

The actual download link is found here, where it says "Download latest beta" :
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Instructions on how to use it are on the same page, just scroll down a little. Though you will have to disable SIP before you run it.
 
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