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    Christmas Day and No Bluetooth connection sob sob . . . .

    Well OK. Bit dramatic. But one of my presents I opened today is a really super Bluetooth portable speaker from a well-known loudspeaker company. Or rather, the present is from OH. So . . .

    I've never used Bluetooth on my Asus Transformer TF700T before (Android OS) and can't see much reference to that particular function in the user manual. Anyway. I went into settings, turned Bluetooth to ON, and that was that. Then I turned on my new portable JBL speaker, turned it on, turned on its Bluetooth, and . . . nothing. The speaker kept pulsing a little blue light. The Asus sat there like a brick. No information on screen about connectivity, just the Bluetooth icon at the bottom of the display.

    We next tried it with our Apple iPad Pro. Turned on Bluetooth, waited less than 20 seconds, and the iPad made the connection without any difficulty at all. It identified the name of the device (the speaker) to which it was now linked.

    Sad, but. . . Is it the case that the Asus TF700T really is too flippin' old to be bothering with? I so loved my original TF101 slab that I couldn't bear to part with it when it ceased to work after nearly 6 years usage. (It's wrapped up in a drawer.) I bought the Infinity because it's a damn sight better than the horrendous 'Prime' which OH had; it was 3 years old and cost 85 and worked as if brand new at the time of purchase, six months ago. (Even the wifi gets a signal yay!!)

    I really would've expected a tablet manufactured in 2013 to be able to function on Bluetooth. But we're talking about Asus. And I know just how far that brand has devalued itself with shoddy production and non-existent customer care. So: am I just expecting too much of Asus? The Prime couldn't get wifi (but perhaps got Bluetooth) so is it now the case that the Infinity gets wifi but never Bluetooth?? Or is the Bluetooth used in my TF700T some out-of-date version that can't pair with a brand spanking new JBL speake's Bluetooth????

    Advice as to any steps I might take to see if I can actually get Bluetooth to work would be appreciated. Season's greetings to all.

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    Well certainly you cannot expect it to automatically pair itself. First unpair the speaker with the Apple and start fresh. Read the speaker's manual, the section about pairing. I've long since forgotten exactly what the stock ROM's BT section looks like, but you will have to put the tablet and the speaker in pairing mode simultaneously, then tell the tablet to pair with the newly discovered device manually. This will probably require a code that should be in the speaker's manual (I write mine down on the device in question so I don't have to look in the manual every time). It's still possible that the newer device may simply be incompatible, and it might just not work no matter what. I wouldn't toss a perfectly good tablet because of that, though, most BT speakers also have a jack for a wired analog connection, and so does your tablet. The cables are cheap.
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    Hi Kevin: Sincere thanks for responding so quickly and fully -- and especially at Christmastime! I'm going to try to follow your guidance but it rather seems to me that there may be an incompatibility issue. The speaker is a JBL Go. There is no passcode. The unit simply has a power on button, Bluetooth button, and volume controls. The user manual (as such) is a 4-page pictogram described as as 'Quick Start Guide'. No other documentation exists. Thanks to you though, I've now belatedly realised that there is an audio input socket. So although it may never be possible to get the Bluetooth function to work, then, as you say, going back to the traditional cable should / will save the day. (Better have a look on Amazon UK then for a suitable cable!) Thanks again, Kevin. Much appreciated.

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    Well, you should try the BT anyway. Look in Settings under Bluetooth, there should be something about discovering new devices, or pairing, or some such. Not all BT devices have codes but it seems like most do. As far as cables go, they should be available nearly anywhere, and Amazon may not be the cheapest. Here in the SW US, we have a chain of stores that sells stuff for US$0.99, that's where I'd look.
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    Hi Kevin: Will do! I certainly haven't given up hope of a wire-less future. (Wireless though: what my dad used to call 'a radio' back in the day. At which time it never occurred to me the word was a compound. Everybody but everybody sat down to listen to the wireless. Now, had it been wirefree, that might've been different . . .) Anyway. Big thanks again and, from a gale-blasted rain-lashed England, best wishes to you and yours out there in Southwest USA -- we were over there not long back, stayed in Scottsdale and Tucson. Beautiful. The cactii we see here grow 2 inches high in a small pot.

 

 

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