Bluetooth software and drivers installed - but I don't have Bluetooth

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Tuttle, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Tuttle

    Tuttle Guest

    Hello all:

    I have a new Sony VAIO laptop, Vista Home Premium. WIDCOMM Bluetooth
    Software is installed, and BthServ (Bluetooth Support Service) is always
    running.

    Also, System Information | System Drivers shows many Bluetooth drivers
    installed:

    bthmodem (Bluetooth Serial Communications Driver)
    bthpan (Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network))
    bthport (Bluetooth Port Driver)
    bthusb (Bluetooth Radio USB Driver)
    btwaudio (Bluetooth Audio Device Service)
    btwavdt (Bluetooth AVDT)
    btwl2cap (Bluetooth L2CAP Service), and
    btwrchid (apparently another Bluetooth driver).

    This laptop does not come with Bluetooth. If the software and drivers are
    not part of standard Vista, then perhaps they are part of Sony's standard
    VAIO installation whether the laptop has Bluetooth or not.

    I thought I would uninstall the software and set the service not to
    automatically run. Is there any reason not to uninstall the WIDCOMM
    Bluetooth Software, and set BthServ (Bluetooth Support Service) not to run?
    I don't see the point of having things run if there are of no use. Also,
    should I uninstall/delete the various Bluetooth drivers? (How does one
    remove drivers?)
     
    Tuttle, Jun 12, 2008
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  2. Tuttle

    PTravel Guest

    I don't think VAIO laptops support widcomm -- at least mine doesn't.
     
    PTravel, Jun 12, 2008
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  3. Tuttle

    Tuttle Guest

    Presumably some of them must, or why would Sony install that software?

    Anyway, I want to know if I can safely uninstall the software, and how to
    remove the drivers.
     
    Tuttle, Jun 12, 2008
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  4. Tuttle

    Bob J Guest

    If your laptop definitely does not have bluetooth installed
    removing/disabling services/drivers no problem.
    Checking the Sony website I did locate one without it. I accept that yours
    maybe different.
    Even if installed and you are confident that you will not use it, you can
    disable any services and disable the drivers in Device Manager, relating to
    bluetooth.
    Considering the amount of disks space that the drivers occupy why not just
    disable. If all bluetooth services/drivers disabled you should not be
    hindered in any way.
    --
    Regards
    Bob J
    If advise given from anyone, solves problem or not, or if solved from
    another source,post back & let us know.
    Then we all benefit.
     
    Bob J, Jun 12, 2008
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  5. Tuttle

    Tuttle Guest

    I'm not sure what you're saying. Here is my VAIO model.
    http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/se...1&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&productId=1005136
    Click Specifications, and there is no Bluetooth equipment listed.
    I asked a Sony tech if there were a way to check if I have Bluetooth. He
    said to look in the Wireless Switch Setting Utility, which allows selection
    of WiFi frequency. There is no Bluetoon option present there, which he said
    means that the computer does not have Bluetooth hardware.

    I looked in Device Manager as you suggested, but I do not see any Bluetooth
    entries. Could that be because there is no Bluetooth hardware onboard, so
    even though the drivers are visible in System Information | System Drivers
    they maybe have not bee fully "installed" or recognized?

    If I uninstall WIDCOMM Bluetooth Software, might that automatically stop
    BthServ (Bluetooth Support Service) from automatically loading and running?
    Once that's done, how would I or should I remove or disable all those
    Bluetooth drivers?
     
    Tuttle, Jun 12, 2008
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  6. Tuttle

    Bob J Guest

    As you realise this is worldwide forum I'm from down under (Aust). Sony
    (Aust) is as I mentioned about bluetooth. I meant to say all Sony Vioa here
    appear to have bluetooth devices installed.
    Removing the software should not pose any problems it may even get rid of
    the drivers. The drivers maybe part of the software package.
    The drivers are located at: Windows/System32/Drivers. - it maybe hard to
    locate the specific drivers as you will se when you go there, you will need
    to know the correct file names for bluetooth. I cannot say what they are
    because different countries different suppliers.

    Unfortunately you may have to contact Sony and request file names, etc.
    --
    Regards
    Bob J
    If advise given from anyone, solves problem or not, or if solved from
    another source,post back & let us know.
    Then we all benefit.
     
    Bob J, Jun 12, 2008
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  7. I can not install bluetooth although I have software application in m
    lap top, actually I had it but it gone. I keep getting messages it a
    not fine the files
    Could you help
     
    jose maria Ruiz, Jun 21, 2008
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  8. Tuttle

    Hiren Guest

    More information is needed.Please be as specific as possible.Also,please
    note that there is no way you will be able to make use of the software
    application or any other program's blue-tooth features if your hardware
    itself does not support it.


    I can not install bluetooth although I have software application in my
    lap top, actually I had it but it gone. I keep getting messages it an
    not fine the files.
    Could you help?
     
    Hiren, Jun 21, 2008
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