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By gzt (Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 11:49:43 AM EST) gzt, she was just seventeen, esperanto, skype (all tags)
...don't play well together, it seems. I have an old bluetooth headset and, because of the amount of time I have been spending at home talking on my pay-as-you-go phone, I realized it'd be worthwhile to switch to a service like Skype for these calls rather than pay out the nose. But, apparently, Windows Vista just doesn't let you use bluetooth headsets at all. Ever.

I remember when I was using Linux that it worked out well. But I've been using Windows because of some specific requirements, certains programs that just don't work on Linux. Well, they seem to work, but after destroying 4 hard drives, I reconsidered my position on that. 1 is happenstance, 2 is possible, 3 is a pattern, and 4 is the sign to switch to Windows for good. I saw somewhere instructions for getting it all to work out in Vista, but it was too much like rocket surgery. I thought it would be better just to dump money into cheapish plug-in headset and cope with the wires.

Man, I was on the phone for 70 minutes last night.

Anyway, the laptop has a built in microphone that actually works fairly decently, so if I wear headphones the thing is usable. But I'd be married to sitting right by the computer. It's a decent interim solution, I suppose.

I think we should learn Esperanto. A secret language. It'd be fun. Why not. It'd have to wait until summer. It'd probably be better to learn something useful, like Spanish. But that's hard. And you actually have to get it right. And, nah, Esperanto is pretty lame. Shuck that jive.

She was just 17! You know what I mean.

Okay. I'm totally getting work done here. Really.

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Bluetooth headsets and Vista | 8 comments (8 topical, 0 hidden)
Did you ever think by Gedvondur (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 01:56:47 PM EST
That it might be an issue with your ancient, shitty bluetooth headset that uses a far out of date local stack?


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It's certainly possible. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 02:04:14 PM EST
I mean, it's only bluetooth 1.2, but I find reference to other people having troubles with vista. Do you get bluetooth headsets to work with vista?

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No by Gedvondur (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 03:11:54 PM EST
But then again I don't own a bluetooth headset.  I have a hard enough time keeping the phone charged.  If I have two devices that require constant charging, one or the other will constantly be drained.


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If you can, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 03:25:20 PM EST
try the Toshiba stack, or perhaps the BlueSoleil one. I'm using Toshiba for audio purposes fine at the moment, and it has specific help on using it with Skype.

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yeah, I'll try those maybe by gzt (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 05:47:22 PM EST
I fiddled with other stacks a little once it became clear that the Windows one wasn't worth anything, I guess it could just be a matter of finding the right one. Are you on Vista?

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Afraid not, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 06:08:51 PM EST
But I'm guessing it'll be supported if it's in the help. I know the audio architecture's similar.

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apparently it's the dongle that's old. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 10:30:54 PM EST
Drat. Well, the wired headset I bought cost about as much as a new dongle and it pretty much guaranteed to work for what I want, so I'm happy, I guess, with the decision.

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Bluetooth on Vista by theboz (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 08:39:14 AM EST
Don't use the default bluetooth stack that comes with Vista.  It's shit.  I had to buy a bluetooth usb thing for my desktop, and it came with a Toshiba stack that works with a lot more stuff, including my Wii controllers, where the default Microsoft one did not (despite it being able to detect the wiimote.)

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Bluetooth headsets and Vista | 8 comments (8 topical, 0 hidden)