11-26-2005, 06:08 PM
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I have a Linksys USB-BT100 and it seems to work great. I uninstalled the Linksys bluetooth software and rebooted my laptop. When reconnected Windows Plug-n-Play installed it as a Generic Bluetooth Radio. The BT100 uses the Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) radio which, according to the Microsoft KB, is supported even though I do not have the exact device named. Most of the supported devices (they identify them by the radio they use for the most part) in XP SP2 can be found in multiple brands of adapters.
The adapters you want to stay away from are any adapters with the WIDCOMM radio. These are older devices that just don't work with XP. For example, according to Blackberry, the D-Link DBT-120 does not work AT ALL. That's a shame because even though it uses a WIDCOMM radio it works pretty well when used with D-Link's bluetooth software. But, it's a very popular adapter that is not supported using XP's native bluetooth driver and that's why I mention it specifically.
Almost all new laptops with built-in bluetooth radios use the XP driver. This is probably required if they want to place that little Designed for Windows XP sticker on their laptops.
If I had to pick one I knew was 100% compatible with XP SP2, I would go with the TDK USB bluetooth adapter. I think they are now called Ezurio go blue. There are two versions; a Class 1 (250m) and an older Class 2 (25m) version. These are very good adapters in my opinion.
Last edited by Number13 : 11-26-2005 at 06:12 PM.