A little off my normal ramblings about CityEngine, GIS and planning.   However I’m sure I will have to come back to this again so here goes…

I have a Dell Vostro 3300 which had Windows 7 on it, I have recently upgraded to Windows 8 (I actually quite like it) and found that my fingerprint scanner software no longer works (but is detected, not found a solution to that yet) and the bluetooth module drivers had to be uninstalled as Windows 8 did not seem to recognise the hardware.  The wifi was fine though.

After extensive searching, I discovered there has been a bluetooth windows 8 driver released for this particular bluetooth 365 module.   But not by Dell…

Thanks goes to the people on this forum thread : http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w8itprohardware/thread/5526e50f-11e6-4f06-bfd4-a06e29419521

Two posts, one by T.Das777 and the other by jymclarke  jumped out at me, so here is how I have got the bluetooth working on my Vostro 3300.

  1. Download and install the bluetooth driver from Lenovo here
  2. After install go to device manager and expand the Bluetooth heading.
  3. Right click on the Bluetooth device and click properties
  4. Click on the Drivers tab and click on the Update Driver…
  5. Use Windows Update to find the correct driver and it will automatically download and install the correct one.
  6. You can now uninstall the stuff Lenovo installed.
Well the above process works for me and I now have a on/off slider in the Windows settings and the hardware switch seems to work too.  I’ve used the bluetooth device to connect to a wiimote (don’t ask) and this also works well.
I hope this helps people!


  1. Hi,
    This works really fine! Thanks!
    I can’t understand why Dell doesn’t give us support on this issue.


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