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iPAQ Bluetooth ActiveSync and XP(SP2)

Posted on 2005-02-27
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
My iPAQ 1945 has Bluetooth(BT) using XP(SP2) My BT adapter is a Belkin F8T001 and it works with other BT devices.

I'm try to sync the iPAQ using ActiveSync V3.8.0(Build 5004) .
Using XP BT setting the Virtual COM14 port is not seen by ActiveSync. I read that an earlier version of Active Sync will not work with COM port above 8.

My Questions:
How to make ActiveSync V3.8 work with COM14 ?

Question by:hansw77041
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Thanks for the links. They confirm what I said ActiveSync only works with a limited number of Com ports !

My question still remains the same:
How to make ActiveSync V3.8 work with COM14 ?

May be someone knows a way to force XP to lower the Com port number for Bluetooth.
I don't want to install the Widcom stack, I want to stick with XP (sp2) Bluetooth.

My system has hardware Com ports 1,2,3,4,5,6 and nothing on 7,8,9,10,11,12,13

Why XP decided to put the Virtual COmport at Com14 I don't understand !

The real solution would be for the wimps at Microsoft to make Active Sync work with ANY com port. After all it is
running on a Microsoft OS which can have up to 255 Com ports !  Ity's insane to make a major sync program like ActiveSync be limited to 9 com ports... Arrrrrrrrrrgh!

At least all the code I write for my serial communication programs are made to works with the first 128 Com ports !
If I can do it why not the ActivesSync wimps at Microsoft ?

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Here is a link that solves the problem:


The important issue is mentioned is to force Device Manager to show non connected devices, and then remove/un-install until COM port less than 9 becomes available. In my case I have non connected  devices that were using COM 7,8,9,10,.11,12,and 13  

My comment about the wimps at Microsoft still stand. Active Sync needs to be able to works with ANY port.

Thanks for the help.


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It took a lot of searching to find the solution.
During the search I found lots of people with ActiveSync using Bluetooth had problems,
It may be hellpful to others if the question with replies is available to EE members.
It would have save me a lot of work had it been available when I first posted the question.

If you decide people should not have this information, then delet it... !

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