Apple Gazette Daily 227 – Lawsuits, AppleTV DVR, 10.5.2 Nightmare and more!

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  1. The Wizard says


    Again, thanks a lot Michael for the effort.

    I guess the reason you didn’t receive much feedback is because no one is affected with this issue except those who have older macs that lack built-in bluetooth modules as with the case of my 1st Gen. mini. Otherwise, most Leopard users bought it preinstalled on their new and shiny intel macs.

    A reader with the name of Garth kindly suggested resetting the bluetooth prefences. Any ideas how to do that?

  2. The Wizard says

    I did it

    @ Michael. @everybody

    I was “surprisingly” successful to resolve my problem and get my bluetooth back on. And here is how:

    While I was searching for bluetooth preferences to reset as Garth suggested above. I typed the word bluetooth into the finder search box. Among the results was the application called “Bluetooth Setup Assistant” found in Macintosh HD>System>Library>Coreservices. I opened it and it asked me right-away if I want to turn my bluetooth on or leave it off. I chose to turn it on and Voila That was impossible without this maneuver as the option in bluetooth preferences was unavailable to change (i.e. inactive) and I couldn’t figure out a way to turn it on. i.e. the computer sees and recognizes my USB bluetooth device but decided to keep it off and would never allow me to turn it on.

    Now I have turned it back on and done my first sync with my K810 in weeks.

    I will now try to restart my mini and see what happens. See you after the break

    Thanks Michael and thanks everyone.

  3. The Wizard says

    Hi everybody. I am back.

    Problem still persists and I couldn’t turn my bluetooth on again except by doing what I described above (running bluetooth setup assistant).

    I hope I am not missing something very basic here. I am starting to feel stupid.

    even after I get the bluetooth to be turned on. I can’t turn it back off except by re-launching the same app described above or unplugging the dongle.

    After unplugging and re-plugging the usb dongle I have my bluetooth turned off again and to re-turn it back on. well, I guess you all know the drill now.

    this is a partial solution and it’s getting very weird. any suggestions?

  4. The Wizard says

    End of Story:

    I had a little adventure resetting all the bluetooth related data on my mac OS X using an app in the developer apps called “Bluetooth Explorer” clicking on an option in it called “modify software configuration”. I told Michael about my adventure in a rather long email with screen captures. I will let him decide whether to post it or not.

    Here I will just mention my final conclusion on this bluetooth 10.5.2 dilemma.

    First I would like to thank Garth for pointing my attention towards resetting the bluetooth preferences that got me started.

    Here is my conclusion below:

    Apple did something to the security of Mac OS X in 10.5.2 to automatically turn off 3rd party bluetooth devices once there is any paired devices present. And also deactivated turning it back on from the menu bar or from the preferences pane. Why and how? I don’t know. But this seems to be the case after all what I went through.

    My solution is:

    You have paired devices means that you have an automatically switched off 3rd party bluetooth dongle. So to solve that do the following:

    1. To turn it on just launch the “Bluetooth Setup Assistant” and click turn on then quit it. (found at Macintosh HD>System>Library>Coreservices). You’d better have it ready in your dock or overflow like I did.

    2. To turn the bluetooth off just unplug your usb dongle.

    End of story.

    I would like to thank Michael very much for his time and his concern. Apple Gazette will always be my favorite Apple related blog and the one I always read or listen to first. Thank you Michael.


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