Mac Pro 4.1 or above PCI-e Bluetooth 4.0

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  1. lexR, Jun 22, 2014
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    lexR macrumors regular

    lexR

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    I just wanted to start this thread to see if anyone involved with the development program of OS X Yosemite has come across/tried if a PCI-e bluetooth 4.0 LE card say from intel
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    allows the 'handoff' continuity function to the mac pro 4.1/5.1.

    I am aware that Yosemite is still in beta and there are lots of tweaks and adjustment before we see a finished product but just curious i guess.

    will be quite annoyed if Apple do not allow some kind of user mod to give us this continuity function on lets face it less than 2 year old machines in some cases.

    Would also be interested to hear from anyone that has a PCI-e wifi+Bluetooth 4.0 card installed in a MP and any compatibility issue.
     
  2. MacVidCards Suspended

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    It can be done, sadly much easier in a 3,1 so far. That being said, the BT 4.0 in 3,1 is running at USB 1 speed.

    I have to move some cards around but I'll make you a screen shot. The key is to use the board from a recent iMac.

    We are trying to offer some options but my inability to type in Chinese is a problem.

    I can pretty much guarantee that there will be options, either Apple cards or 3rd party with driver tweaks.
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    Why you need to type in Chinese?

    If required, I can do the translation for you.
     
  4. MacVidCards, Jun 22, 2014
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    2009 MP 4,1/5,1 works with BT 4.0

    This required a USB plug routed back into PCIE slot. Will be working on more elegant solution, but good to know it can be done.

    100% easier on a 3,1 since Apple seems to have gone off-spec on the Mini PCIE slot in 4,1 and 5,1.

    I have some more ideas, but there will be options, it just may require a PCIE slot and a USB plug.

    NVR: only need USB
     

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  5. lexR thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great work there!! I've been researching this for weeks now and this is the first sign that a work round can be done 'if' apple do not allow a fix on release of Yosemite. Hopefully it's just a case of disconnect existing bluetooth and pluging in a USB Bluetooth dongle that's fully supported. I get the impression from reading up that the current set of USB dongles have wake up issues and not 100% fully supported? Thanks for you replies, really interesting #
     
  6. The Highlander macrumors 6502

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    I would like an internal solution if at all possible.... i have mid 2012 mac pro.
     
  7. MacVidCards Suspended

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    We have a super-elegant solution, completely internal.

    Uses existing Mini-PCIE slot and BT jack.

    As we promised, perfectly functional in GM.
     

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  8. The Highlander macrumors 6502

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    where to buy and how much?
     
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  10. The Highlander macrumors 6502

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    Yes did that last night and actually bought the card. Wondering if it shipped.
     

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