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Bluetooth hardware not found on ASUS eee PC 1005HA-PU17

Posted by Russell Wright on December 26, 2009

We got our daughter an ASUS eee PC (netbook) for Christmas which came with Windows 7 starter.  I was replacing the Windows 7 starter edition with a full-up version of Windows 7 Ultimate and, after I was done, the O/S couldn’t see any Bluetooth hardware.  I was pretty sure the computer had a Bluetooth radio in it, so I checked the BIOS and, sure enough, there was a setting to enable or disable the Bluetooth radio.  However, Windows 7 wasn’t seeing it. 

I had previously updated the BIOS to the latest version using ASUS Update with the original Windows 7 starter, so I was pretty sure I didn’t need to upgrade the BIOS.  However, after the Windows 7 upgrade, any time I tried to install the Bluetooth drivers using the latest s/w from the ASUS site, I received an error stating “Bluetooth hardware not found…” or something similar.  I messed with this for two or three hours.

Finally, I decided to go through a BIOS upgrade again.  Essentially, I upgraded to the same version that I already had loaded.  After “upgrading” the Bluetooth hardware was recognized by Windows 7 and everything worked.

Hope this helps someone else who might be experiencing the same problem!

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