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    Atheros Bluetooth driver not compatible with Windows 8

    Any1 had luck installing drivers for Bluetooth under Windows 8?
    I searched, but couldn't find any available drivers for Windows 8 and I don't like devices with the exclamation mark in my device manager

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    Just run Windows Update.
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    Windows update did not find anything. I had to uninstall Atheros Bluetooth before win 8 upgrade, due to it being incompatible, now there's no way to get it back it seems

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    Quote Originally Posted by m4caron View Post
    Windows update did not find anything. I had to uninstall Atheros Bluetooth before win 8 upgrade, due to it being incompatible, now there's no way to get it back it seems
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    That may be worth a try. Considering the Win7 Drivers still work with Win8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forgottenbhs View Post
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    That may be worth a try. Considering the Win7 Drivers still work with Win8.
    That one doesnt work with windows 8, its the same one he uninstalled
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    Windows natively appears to support the bluetooth, but I did have a single device in device manager that did not pick up a driver. The way I was able to fix that was that I extracted the Bluetooth install on a Windows 7 system and then pointed the unknown device at the driver folder from the extracted installation.

    I did not install the package, but I have driver support for all of the bluetooth devices, and I believe the Windows 8 built-in bluetooth support will work even without the software package.

    For convenience, I uploaded the Bluetooth install package to http://www.4shared.com/zip/VF1j9oRh/Bluetooth.html

    Please note, I did not install the package, I just pointed at the extracted folder as a driver search location for the "unknown device" in device manager that was related to the bluetooth device and it proceeded to install the driver from the install package.

    This way, the device has driver support, but the unsupported applications related to the package does not get installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finalhour View Post
    That one doesnt work with windows 8, its the same one he uninstalled
    Did you actually click the link and try it? It's not a link for the Bluetooth drivers, sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forgottenbhs View Post
    Did you actually click the link and try it? It's not a link for the Bluetooth drivers, sir.
    It's a link to a forum post that's completely useless, I read it. And the most recent post was in May about broadcom drivers...not Atheros
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    Still no luck...tried unpacking your .zip file and pointing to the drivers folder...win 8 claims no driver was found...
    PCI Simple Communication Controller is still marked with an exclamation mark and claiming it has no driver installed...
    There's also another device in "Other devices" called Bluetooth Peripheral Device, but Win 8 claims it's working correctly..

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    hmm, did you try looking at the subfolders under bluetooth? I know it installed, and I did have to extract it to be able to get it working.

    Maybe try pointing at bluetooth\system64\drivers folder once extracted? I definitely have it installed, but did this maybe a week ago so I'm trying to recall exactly what I did.

    Ok, pretty sure it's this path: Bluetooth\program files\Bluetooth Suite\Drivers
    Last edited by madnj; 10-26-2012 at 09:57 PM.

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