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Hey, gang, I've got some questions... To start with, I've crashed my fair share of computers, and can usually find my way around, but this one's got me stumped.

My wife's laptop is a Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 running Win7 Home. Allegedly it was sold with bluetooth capability, though we've never had a need to try it. Well, I was trying to transfer some files ot my phone, couldn't find my cable, and thought, "gee, why not use the bluetooth?" Problem is, I can't seem to figure out how to activate it in W7 to save my life!

I've read a couple places that say to use FN-F5 to enable it, but that only gives me the option to enable/disable the wifi connection. I also read that some of the Z565s were sold with bluetooth, but some were not. I can't seem to figure out the W7 equivalent of the device manager where I can see all the hardware that's connected inside to determine for sure whether or not I even have the BT card inside...

Help! Thanks, gang!

ETA: I can't just pop the SD card out of the phone because the memory in the phone is non-removable. (Samsung Nexus S 4g) If I could, that would make it a breeze!

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I don't have Windows 7 but have WinXP Pro. However, I have a program called 'Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard' that sets up my compatible devices so I can easily transfer photos from my cell phone to my computer. I assume you have a USB Bluetooth dongle?


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Posted: 03/07/12 09:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a wireless router at your place all you need is the free app, "ES File Explorer" on your Android. With this app you can very easily move files from your computer to phone / back and forth. via your WiFi.

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The device manager is under 'system and security' in the control panel.


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You can download the manual for your computer here:
http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/us/en/UserGuide/Guide_show_1274749575781.html

According to the manual, there is a slide switch at the left front of your computer that turns on wireless communications, including Blue-tooth if your computer is equipped with it.

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Tom_M wrote:

You can download the manual for your computer here:
http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/us/en/UserGuide/Guide_show_1274749575781.html

According to the manual, there is a slide switch at the left front of your computer that turns on wireless communications, including Blue-tooth if your computer is equipped with it.


All that switch appears to turn on is the wifi card... I'm guessing ours wasn't equipped with it despite being advertised as such. I may have to call Lenovo with the serial number to verify it one way or the other...

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Blue tooth dongles are inexpensive.


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OP, In an earlier post I mentioned ES File Explorer. ES File Explorer works with Bluetooth and WiFi. Using the free app, ES File Explorer you will be able to move those files from your phone to your computer / back and forth and more without issue. The app is very easy to use and it is free...

For you or anyone with an Android phone, you are really missing out if you do not have ES File Explorer on your smart phone. Read here.

ES File Explorer features:
Basic file management functions: copy, paste, cut, move, create, delete, rename, share and send files stored on your SD card or internal memory
Select multiple files
Manage applications (install, uninstall, backup, and more)
Compress, decompress, and encrypt ZIP files, as well as decompress RAR files
View certain files without leaving the manager, like photos, documents, and videos
Thumbnails for application packages and images
Edit text files
Search for files on your SD card or internal memory
Access your home PC's Samba shared folders via Wi-Fi and even stream media
Built-in FTP client
Access files in your Dropbox, as well as edit documents in your Dropbox
Transfer files over Bluetooth
Built-in task killer
View and edit root-only files

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Go to Control Panel and look for Bluetooth Configuation and double click on it. (Start>Control Panel)

That's how it works on my Lenovo Thinkpad. If you don't see that Bluetooth configuration, you don't have it. You can also check in Control Panel>System>Hardware tab>Device Manager button. You should see Bluetooth listed there if you have it.

Bluetooth is not turned on on my computer, so I need to start it as described to use. You also usually need to pair the bluetooth device you want to use with the bluetooth on the computer.

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Without downloading your owner's manual there may be a PHYSICAL switch.

But for now go to Start, Settings, and Control Panel.

There should be a "Radio" option.. It may even have the blue tooth logo on it.


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