laptop bluetooth

i have a dell d810 and a compac presario 3000. I also have a treo 700. I would like to get the bluetooth owkring on teh laptops to conect to my pda, but when I go into conntral panel I do not see any bluetooth icons. what do i need to do?
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try reinstalling the connection manager software that came with it. This often helps even when you have HAD it working and it stops syncing.

To add a device, follow these steps on your computer:
1.      Click Start, click Run, type bthprops.cpl, and then click OK.
2.      In Bluetooth Settings, click Add.
3.      In the Add Bluetooth Device Wizard, click to select the My device is set up and ready to be found check box, and then click Next.

Note You cannot click Next until you click to select the My device is set up and ready to be found box. A device that has discovery turned off cannot be detected during a search.

When you click Next, your computer searches for any discoverable devices that are in range. When the search is complete, the devices appear in the wizard.
4.      Select a device to add, and then click Next.

After you select the device to add, you can enter a passkey for the device. A passkey is a code that is used to control access to a device. Using a passkey may help improve the security of your connection. However, the device that you add may not require a passkey.
When you enter the passkey, your computer tries to connect to the device to verify the passkey. When you connect to another computer, you receive a message that the computers are trying to connect.

The Options tab in Bluetooth Devices provides options that control how devices discover and connect to your computer. The main option is Turn discovery on. This option lets devices discover your computer so that you can make a connection.

Other options on this tab include the following:
•      Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer
This check box controls whether any devices can connect to your computer. If this check box is cleared, no devices can connect to your computer.
•      Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect
This option controls whether you receive notification when a device tries to connect to your computer. If this check box is cleared, you do not receive notification.
Other options on the Options tab let you turn on or turn off the Bluetooth icon in the notification area and restore default settings.

Typically, your Bluetooth-enabled computer will discover other devices. Therefore, you only have to turn on the Turn discovery on option when your computer acts as a device. For example, you might want to turn on this option when your computer is connected to another computer by a Personal Area Network (PAN). When computers are connected by a PAN, one of the computers must have discovery turned on.

By default, discovery is not turned on in Windows XP SP2, because a discoverable Bluetooth device may be less secure than a device that is not discoverable. We recommend that you keep the Turn discovery on check box cleared unless you want another Bluetooth device to discover the computer. When the connection is complete, the Add Device Wizard turns off discovery automatically.

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