Symptom: The Bluetooth dongle that came with your cheap no-name wifi card isn’t showing up when you plug it into the USB port of your Windows 11 computer.
Fix: To first find out if it’s fixable, you need to see if the computer is actually recognizing the dongle. To do that, right-click on your start menu icon and select “Device Manager”. Under the directory tree for ‘Universal Serial Bus controllers” you should see “CSR Bluecore Bluetooth”. If you can’t see this in the list, there is an actual hardware problem with the dongle and you will likely need to replace it. If “CSR Bluecore Bluetooth” shows in the list then perform the following steps.
- Right click on “CSR Bluecore Bluetooth” in “Device Manager”
- Select “Update Driver”
- Select “Browse my computer for drivers”
- Select “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer”
- Select “Generic bluetooth driver”
Once the generic Bluetooth driver has been installed you should now notice a small Bluetooth icon in your systray. You can now turn on the Bluetooth device you’d like to connect your computer to and the pair with it.