CAN'T FIND WIN7 DRIVER FOR BLUETOOTH HBS-200 HEADSET
Unfortunately, Windows 7 removed native support for bluetooth headsets, for absolutely no reason.
The drivers are actually not needed for the Headset specifically, but rather for the A2DP and AVRCP profiles and audio sink. The downside is that Microsoft's Bluetooth stack does not support either of these.
So you need a Better Bluetooth Stack, so it understands all of the virtual Bluetooth devices.
These directions work for almost any headset that has issues when connected to Windows. Sadly, there is no really good well-defined set of drivers for Windows Bluetooth, so it will frequently take some finagling.
1: Find the correct and absolutely most-up-to-date drivers for your Bluetooth hardware on your computer. In -MOST- cases, the chipset is Broadcom, however manufacturers such as Dell and others tend to put some odd wrappers around the chip so their drivers are required. If not, the direct-from-Broadcom drivers will work.
2: IF the Bluetooth hardware is already detected by Windows, delete it from device manager. Reboot the computer if this was done.
3: On reboot, Windows may detect it and reinstall it fresh. This is fine if it does. Allow it to install and reboot if it requests.
Once the Windows stack is installed properly, you can install the updated stack. With Dell drivers and other OEM computer manufacturer drivers, Windows may not detect it to begin with, however having Windows drivers first is not necessary with these drivers.
4: Install the proper driver. With the Broadcom driver, this will only work if Windows has already installed. With OEM drivers, this is often not necessary. Reboot if necessary.
With the happy stack installed, and the headset paired, you will find that instead of just Handsfree Telephony and Headset services, you will also have Remote Control and Audio Sink services.
Headset/Handsfree: Mono 38kbps audio out and also a microphone input. This is what is used for phone calls. It sounds horrid, mind you.
Audio Sink: Stereo happiness and joy. No microphone input.
Once you have these devices, you do need to set your audio playback device appropriately for Stereo Happiness and Joy.
Mar 27, 2014 |