How to Use a Bluetooth on an Acer Aspire

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Bluetooth is widely used to transfer data at high speeds over short distances and is especially handy when using an ultra-mobile computer like a netbook. After all, what's the point of a computer you can take anywhere if the computer has to be plugged in all the time? Many netbooks come with this feature pre-installed, so you might be frustrated when you find that your Acer Aspire doesn't include it. Fortunately, there are several very inexpensive devices that will allow you use your Aspire with Bluetooth.

  • Open your web browser and go to Amazon.com or another online retailer. Order an Iogear Bluetooth 2.1 USB Micro Adapter or another adapter that suits your needs. (Note: this particular adapter is extremely small--about the size of a penny--so it might be an excellent fit for your ultra-portable netbook. However, its range is shorter than some larger adapters, so if you need longer range, or if power consumption isn't an issue, you may want to order a larger adapter.)

  • Open your web browser when the adapter arrives and go to Iogear's support website (or the website of your adapter's manufacturer). Click on "Support" and type "GBU421" in the "Search for your product" text box. Click on your product when a list appears. Click the "Download" link next to the name of the operating system your Acer Aspire is running. Wait for the files to download, then extract them to their own folder.

  • Double click the "Setup" file and click "Yes."

  • Plug your USB adapter into a free USB port on your Acer Aspire. Click "Next," accept the license agreement and follow the onscreen prompts. Click "Finish."

  • Add a device (such as a printer or a cell phone) by clicking the arrow on the righthand side of the Windows taskbar, clicking on the Bluetooth logo, and selecting "Add a Device." Follow onscreen prompts, which will vary depending on which device you're installing.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to add connectivity to a printer, you'll need to install the printer driver and software first, then add the printer via the Bluetooth software.
  • Don't plug your adapter into your computer before you start the "Setup" program. Plugging in early can cause your device not to work properly.

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