02-11-2013 08:27 AM
I picked up a reconditioned x120e (0596-22U) running Windows 7 and I gather that it does not have Bluetooth. I've seen info about various Bluetooth daughter cards for other x120e models, but have not seen 0596-22U listed amongst the supported models.
I'm not sure, but am guessing that perhaps the (unneeded) WiMax functionality on my model takes up some space that otherwise might have been used by the Bluetooth daughter card?
Can anyone confirm whether my machine is supposed to have Bluetooth or not?
And does anyone know my options for adding Bluetooth? Can I use one of the daughter cards? Can I remove the WiMax feature, if necessary, to do so?
Or should I just get a USB dongle (although it would not be as pretty)?
02-11-2013 02:21 PM - edited 02-11-2013 03:12 PM
With most Thinkpads bluetooth is an option that is specified when the laptop is ordered. If you can only see the wifi when Fn+F5 is pressed then there is probably no bluetooth install. You can definitely buy the bluetooth module(Ebay) and install it yourself if you are slightly mechanically inclined. It will require very little disassembly. I don't believe the wimax will interfere. The only disadvantagege I can see with using a usb bluetooth module is that it will take up one usb port. The usb bluetooth units are now so small (and cheap) that they are hardly noticeable.
This url may also help you lookup the options that came with you x120e:
This url will give you part numbers for x120e:
PS: the part number is 60Y3271 or 60Y3275 (used by many thinkpad models. Supports BT version 3.0)
PPS: Looks like installation is easy. See hardware manual:
02-11-2013 04:40 PM
According to this reference document, your system supports bluetooth but some systems come with it and some do not. If your system has the daughter card in it then you have bluetooth.
Have you checked to make sure it is enabled in BIOS?
Are there any drivers installed?
Are they updated?
If it is, then you should see it in your Device manager.
If you do not have it, then like SMG47 said, you can install it yourself.