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Cool Utility to re-activate Bluetooth: BTOn - 05-08-2009, 05:35 AM

Here's a one-step utility to turn on Bluetooth in OS X: BTOn - attached.

Background: I had a problem when pairing my phone with the Mini 9. At the last step of pairing, the Mini 9's Bluetooth would switch off. Oddly, the menubar icon was missing the Turn Bluetooth On option and the Bluetooth Preference Pane's On checkbox was greyed out -- restarting the machine would usually reactivate Bluetooth.

This post mentioned using Bluetooth Setup Assistant to re-activate Bluetooth, which works but requires a few clicks. Searching for a one-step solution uncovered a command-line utility to control Bluetooth in OS X called blueutil.

I wrapped blueutil inside an Applescript package, you don't need to download or install blueutil. Keep BTOn in the Dock or on your Desktop and on those rare occasions when your Bluetooth drops out, launch the app and it will re-activate Bluetooth.

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Default 05-13-2009, 06:16 PM

Thanks, seem to work with 10.5.7
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Default 05-13-2009, 06:27 PM

Looks pretty slick. If I could only figure out a good reason for pairing it with my phone. Heck, I'm still trying to figure out why I put the BT module in mine...I never use it!

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Default 05-14-2009, 12:13 AM

Too True.

I used my BlueAnt 9i with Skype, but it would only work with the first call. Had to disconnect and reconnect each time I wanted to use it. Kind of a pain.

Not sure if its a headset compatibility issue, a skpe issue, a driver issue, or some combination thereof.

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Default 05-15-2009, 12:49 PM

User tetany has figured out how to reactivate the on/off commands in the Bluetooth menu/prefpane... requires some Terminal work, use the detailed guide posted by hussainx:

Not sure if this makes BTOn obsolete or not.

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Default 06-18-2009, 09:40 PM

Thanks Rakmini, this worked a treat ^_^
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Default Thanks for BTon - 07-07-2009, 01:25 AM

Thanks so much for posting that utility, I can now tether to my iPhone over Bt and start getting more use out of my mini 9!
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Default 07-20-2009, 09:14 AM

This worked for me, after hours of fiddling, and now I'm typing this on my tethered iPhone connection. w00t!

I'd still like to have the option of turning on/off the BT module from the menu, so I'll keep trying the terminal/prefpane route for a while longer.

Thanks so much for the utility!
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Default 12-10-2009, 11:35 PM

wow, thanks! bt icon suddenly grayed out during pairing with a sonyericsson C905 (osx 10.5.7)
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Default 10-11-2010, 07:10 AM

Merci pour BTOn. Fonctionne sous mac osx leopard 10.5.8 avec un BTU01A

Bluetooth USB Host Controller :

Identifiant du produit : 0x1000
Identifiant du fournisseur : 0x0f4d
Version : 4.01
Vitesse : Jusqu’Ă* 12 Mb/s
Identifiant de l’emplacement : 0x2b220000
Courant disponible (mA) : 100
Courant requis (mA) : 26

Great thanks.
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