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Robert Dee
Bluetooth Printer Won't Connect
on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:00:15 am

Hi, I just bought an HP Photosmart C5580 printer without Bluetooth capabilities. Trying to connect it to my MacBook Pro OS X 10.5.6.

When I try to set up the printer through the Bluetooth "Set up Bluetooth Device" function, I select "printer" under the list of options. Once I hit "continue", the Set Up Assistant automatically closes, and all that pops up is the Print & Fax System Preference Box. It lists the printer there, but won't allow me to do anything to actually connect the printer. What should pop up is another box, asking me to select the printer. This isn't happening.

Under Bluetooth Preferences, it says that no devices are set up. However, it is clearly recognizing that the printer exists because when I look under "Browse Device" it is listed there. Yet it's clearly not connected since double clicking on the new listed printer only gives the message, "this device does not have the necessary services." Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Robert Dee
Re: Bluetooth Printer Won't Connect
on Jan 19, 2009 at 2:52:04 am

So I found the solution for this problem. For whatever reason, when the Bluetooth Device Setup Assistant runs on Leopard (instead of Tiger), the setup will quit after selecting printer, and the Printer & Fax System Preference comes up.

When this happens, simply press the add "+" button in the lower left corner and it'll bring up another device window. Select the Bluetooth tab in this window. Then double-click on the printer you want to add wirelessly.

For whatever reason, this is how it chooses to add a Bluetooth printer, instead of directly through the Device Setup Asst.


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Beth Janes
Re: Bluetooth Printer Won't Connect
on Mar 10, 2009 at 7:13:10 pm

Robert... THANK YOU for posting the fix. I was having the same problem and you saved me a few hours!



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