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Paper Tape
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Message 11 of 14

Re: X220 and bluetooth and cannot activate

Happy New Year! Finally I got me the bluetooth USB dongle but it is still does not work. I cannot find my laptop on my mobile either my headphones. The little bluetooth icon does not light on Lenovo. What else shall and can I do? Thank you. Blanka

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Message 12 of 14

Re: X220 and bluetooth and cannot activate

Hi blankaprague,


A few things:


  • Windows 10 is not supported on the X220, however by all accounts it appears to mostly work.
  • Some X220's do not have a blueooth module. Are you sure yours has one? What is the model type?
  • Have you tried this?

As for why a third-party USB bluetooth module doesn't work: Does Windows detect it? Do you see it in Device Manager?

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Message 13 of 14

Re: X220 and bluetooth and cannot activate

Another possible wrinkle:  IIRC that vintage ThinkPad - if it had Bluetooth - came with a BT 3.0 daughter card.  If you're trying to pair a BT 4.0-only device, it won't show up.  Been there, done that...


There may well be BT 4.0 daughter cards available for retrofit.


Doesn't explain why the dongle doesn't work - unless it's a 3.0/4.0 mismatch.



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Message 14 of 14

Re: X220 and bluetooth and cannot activate

ThinkPads x30 generation BT 4.0 daughter card should support win10 AFAIK. It has the same formfactor as x220 has.

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