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W7 Audio through Bluetooth

I have my bluetooth headphones paired with the pc using a usb bluetooth dongle.
But I cannot see anywhere to set it as the source for audio, nothing shows under playback devices and from what I have read it seems MS's drivers do not support it.
It's a cheap generic dongle

Any clues how to get this to work
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Gary
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Hi Gary,
I also have a Bluetooth dongle (but it is not a cheap generic β€” it is a cheap Kinivo brand). Works fine on W7/64-bit with the MS driver. What shows under Bluetooth Radios in your Device Manager? Mine looks like this:

BT dongle
Regards, Joe
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GaryAuthor Commented:
Thats similar, but I cannot get it to show as an audio device i.e. play audio thru bluetooth
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
When you right-click on the speaker icon in the system tray and select "Playback devices", does the BT show up in the Playback tab? Mine looks like this:

BT playback
But when it is not the active playback device (green check-mark), you have to select it and click the Set Default button.
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GaryAuthor Commented:
Nope
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
Two ideas: (1) Open Device Manager. In the Bluetooth Radios section, disable MS Bluetooth Enumerator, then re-enable it. That may fix it. If not... (2) Right-click on the BT icon in the system tray and select Show Bluetooth Devices. Your headset should be there. Right-click on it and make sure Headset is ticked. If it is and is still not working, right-click again and Remove Device. Then re-add it by clicking Add a device and put your headset into pairing mode. When it's added, right-click on it and make sure Headset is ticked.
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GaryAuthor Commented:
Well I've now got it showing in the Sound dialog but disconnected and won't connect.
Why is this so hard, on my phone and tablet I just click connect and it's done!
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
What happens when you click on it in the Sound dialog and then click the Set Default button and then the OK button?
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GaryAuthor Commented:
I had sound but it was all garbled for, so I stopped the video and now nothing again
The headphones are running on COM3

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Sound back, but it's way behind the video and slowly gets slower.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016DeveloperCommented:
That's a different issue β€” performance. But you now have the headset paired, connected, and working as the audio playback device β€” great progress!

BT performance is a horse of a different color and likely depends on many factors, but it's not an area of expertise for me. I often get lag times that vary from mildly irritating to ruins-the-video maddening. For the most part I'm happy with the Kinivo headset (BTH220) and Kinivo dongle (BTD-400), but I don't know enough about BT technology to help you with the lag time problem. Regards, Joe
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