Recently, with the new iPhone 3.0 OS Apple has finally enable the use of Bluetooth device on their iPhone. Man what can you say, they’ve been delaying this for years, ever since the first iPhone came out, the Bluetooth function aren’t there without the unofficial jailbreak on your device. After years waiting now iPhone 3G owners finally got the A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) so they can stream music wireless on their stereo headphone set. Ever since Apple has enable the device to stream music wireless, I always fascinated by the fact that you can now listen to music without having the annoying wire around you. So here is what I’ve done with the Bluetooth streaming on my Acer Aspire 5580 laptop pairing with LG HBS-200 Stereo Headphone set in Windows 7 RC.
Before I start here is the different version of Windows that Supports* the A2DP (taken from wiki)
- Windows XP: Does not natively support A2DP, but newer Bluetooth USB dongles and built-in adapters include drivers with A2DP support.
- Windows Vista: Does not support A2DP natively, but third-parties can provide A2DP profile support without entirely replacing Microsoft’s stack. Service Pack 2 adds bluetooth 2.0 capabilities.
- Windows 7: RC no longer includes a Bluetooth audio-class driver (However, do support A2DP)
Since my laptop is a lower end of the Acer Aspire series it does not have Bluetooth hardware build in, what I did was go to ebay bought the USB Bluetooth dongle and with a week and half waiting here it is. (its cheap you can get it for under $2 + free shipping) I’ve also bought the LG HBS-200 to test out the A2DP music stream.
Step 1 Plug in the USB Bluetooth dongle if you don’t have Bluetooth build in
After you’ve plugged in Windows will automatically find the right deriver for you. As you can see here the driver is successfully installed.
Type “Bluetooth” in the start menu Click for Add a Bluetooth device, in the meantime, make sure your Bluetooth headphone is on. Windows will automatically search for your device. With any luck, your device should be listed below. [Note: If you need to enter any pass code try 0000 that's the default for most of the bluetooth device out there, if doesn't work, check the user menu of your device. ] Go to control panel > Hardware and Sound > Device and Printer > Bluetooth Devices You should be able to see your device here, and test out the sound settings etc. Make sure you’ve choose the Bluetooth headphone for playback and you are now good to go ! Enjoy