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jds

Bluetooth stacks for W98

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Following on from the sub-thread here : ...

There are some Bluetooth devices that support Windows 98. They may have useable Drivers.

I may have found something useful, by searching WIDCOMM drivers, prompted by your suggestion. Here are some potential candidates to test. The XP WIDCOMM Bluetooth Stack can be made to accept almost any Bluetooth Radio by editing the .inf, in the same way as we do with NUSB on 9x/ME, so perhaps one or more of those 98 WIDCOMM drivers can be turned into a general solution...

At present, I only have one Bluetooth device (USB adaptor) , by connectBlue, and that has an internal Bluetooth stack, so the only driver it needs is the FTDI USB-Serial driver. However, I have recently ordered some cheaper devices on eBay, which I assume will not have an inbuilt stack, so then I'll be needing to try some W98 stacks.

The Widcomm stack (linked above) does look fairly generic, and I have found another (slightly newer) one here : http://web.archive.org/web/20070304132823/http://www.rovingnetworks.com/bin/USB-BU2050.zip

PS. Two more (one even newer) Widcomm exemplars :

There definitely is a Bluetooth driver that works in 9x. I had one driver package from a BT dongle installation mini-CD, then I found (maybe mentioned here in these forums?) two other rather huge packages (35MB and 62MB, respectively) that were distributed by D-Link and Emtec. All of these packages contain an inf with a long list of vendor and product IDs and software produced by Widcomm.

I think these are the pages where you can download the above packages :

http://www.dlink.com.au/tech/download/download.aspx?product=DBT-122&revision=REV_C&filetype=Drivers

http://www.emtec-international.com/en-eu/old_drivers

Joe.

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There definitely is a Bluetooth driver that works in 9x. I had one driver package from a BT dongle installation mini-CD, then I found (maybe mentioned here in these forums?) two other rather huge packages (35MB and 62MB, respectively) that were distributed by D-Link and Emtec. All of these packages contain an inf with a long list of vendor and product IDs and software produced by Widcomm.

I think these are the pages where you can download the above packages :

http://www.dlink.com.au/tech/download/download.aspx?product=DBT-122&revision=REV_C&filetype=Drivers

http://www.emtec-international.com/en-eu/old_drivers

Now for the IVT BlueSoleil stack ...

Firstly, there's version v1.4.9.4 of the IVT BlueSoleil package included in the Emtec package above.

Then, there's version 1.6.4.0 x64 Beta 050920, as provided by Swann Security (for the now discontinued SW120-BTA dongle), available here : http://www.swann.com/downloads/drivers/bluetooth/

Joe.

PS. Beware that as Drugwash has mentioned, most (if not all) IVT packages default as "crippleware". Without a registration key, they are apparently limited to transferring 2MB or 5MB of data.

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Another Bluetooth stack that I've heard about is the Toshiba stack. It used to be available from Roving Networks, but as it was hosted on an FTP server, it's not available from the Internet Archive ...

The only place I've found it is here : http://gridconnect.com/bluetooth-usb.html (click on the Documentation tab)

It's a ZIP of the BluePlug Product CD, which is why it's a whopping 325MB (most of that bulk is due to multiple stack copies for various languages). It contains V3 of the Toshiba stack, which is W98 compatible, also V5, which is said not to be compatible, plus some other stuff.

As with the Widcomm and IVT stacks, this one also looks to be generic in nature. (BTW, for some of the newer device VID/PID information, have a peek at the V5 files.)

Joe.

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jds said;

"...potential candidates to test."

From 2009;

Forward to June 2013 and members 'cannie' and 'Lecco' are still (around) posting.

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A defunct webpage for the Wiimote provided (possibly useful) listing of what device

worked with what stack (in 2009, for later OSes of course...);

http://web.archive.org/web/20090623235417/http://www.wiili.org/index.php/Compatible_Bluetooth_Devices

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I have a Dell Truemobile 350 -glad to find the above dlink.com site DBT-122 C Driver 5.1.0.1100 installed the drivers for it. I believe it's a toshiba chip because Dell names toshiba in their 2k/xp inf files. The only problem is the software says "no bluetooth devices installed" when I reboot but everything looks good in device manager. :blink: Maybe something will work either Dell or Dlink by doing some replaceing-mix and match?

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Another Bluetooth stack that I've heard about is the Toshiba stack. It used to be available from Roving Networks, but as it was hosted on an FTP server, it's not available from the Internet Archive ...

Did you try this: http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/bluetooth/?page=download ?

Or maybe here: http://aps.toshiba-tro.de/bluetooth/?page=download-toshiba

For example: http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tools/bluetooth/20303-eng.zip?Submit=Download

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Another Bluetooth stack that I've heard about is the Toshiba stack. It used to be available from Roving Networks, but as it was hosted on an FTP server, it's not available from the Internet Archive ...

Did you try this: http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/bluetooth/?page=download ?

Or maybe here: http://aps.toshiba-tro.de/bluetooth/?page=download-toshiba

For example: http://support1.toshiba-tro.de/tools/bluetooth/20303-eng.zip?Submit=Download

Thanks Nomen, this driver works-installs utility-I just had to look for it. It doesn't install bt sound drivers like Widcomm does but that's ok for now. Widcomm installs more drivers but ends up looking for the license.dat file and says "license is expired" when I start the utility.

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