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How to Transfer Files Between a Notebook and an HP iPAQ Pocket PC

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Overview

These instructions will guide you through transferring files or images between your notebook and an HP iPAQ via Bluetooth (BT).
NOTE:Because Bluetooth wireless communication is an emerging technology, the information in this document is subject to change.
Some of the screen shots and menu options shown may be different for your particular notebook or HP iPAQ model, but the approach to Bluetooth file transfer is the same. Refer to the documentation that came with your notebook and HP iPAQ if you have further questions.
NOTE:Except where the use of a tablet PC is specifically indicated as a separate procedure, the term notebook in this document refers to both notebook computers and tablet PCs.

Installing Bluetooth software on your notebook

The Bluetooth software comes preloaded on your notebook hard drive. However, before you can use the Bluetooth device in your notebook, the software must be installed and configured. The Software Setup application included with your notebook, described in the following task, will assist you in installing the Bluetooth software.
NOTE:If you cannot find the software on your notebook by following these instructions, it is also available for download at the HP Support Site: http://www.hp.com/go/support .
To install the software for your Bluetooth device:
  1. Select Start, All Programs, Software Setup.
  2. Clear the checkboxes for Hardware Enabling Drivers and Software Applications.
    Figure 1: Select Components
  3. Select the plus (+) symbol for Hardware Enabling Drivers to expand the list of available applications. Then select the Bluetooth check box. The Hardware Enabling Drivers check box is also selected automatically.
    Figure 2: Hardware Enabling Drivers
  4. Select Next, and then select Finish to complete the installation.

Enabling Bluetooth Hardware on your notebook

Before beginning the configuration of your Bluetooth software and drivers, verify that the wireless light on the notebook is turned on. Refer to your notebook documentation for the location of the light.
If the light is not turned on:
For notebooks:
  • Press the wireless button to turn on the Bluetooth device. Refer to your computer documentation for the location of the wireless button.
For tablet PCs:
  • Turn on the Bluetooth device through the Q Menu. Refer to the Software Guide for your tablet PC for more information regarding the Q Menu.
When the wireless light turns on, the Bluetooth device is powered on, hardware detection is initiated, and the Found New Hardware wizard opens, or, depending upon the operating system, the installation of the Bluetooth USB driver may be started automatically.
If a dialog box is displayed, perform the following steps:
  1. Select Next (the installation of the USB driver for the Bluetooth device begins).
  2. Select Finish to complete the installation of the Bluetooth hardware-enabling driver.

Pairing your Bluetooth notebook and your HP iPAQ

Pairing allows you to avoid manually entering a passkey each time you connect to the paired device. Paired devices share a unique link key, which they automatically exchange each time they connect.
NOTE:The mate of a pair is always displayed in My Bluetooth Places, even if it is not turned on or is out of connection range.
Paired devices remain paired even when:
  • One of the devices is not on.
  • A service connection is interrupted or the service is stopped.
  • One or both devices are restarted.
To pair automatically with another device
If a Secure Connection is enabled, devices are automatically prompted to pair the first time they connect. If the passkey entered on the first connection is correct, the pairing is complete.
The Secure Connection is specific to each Bluetooth service on a device.
To enable a secure connection on the HP iPAQ:
  1. Select the Bluetooth icon, and then select Bluetooth Settings.
  2. Select the tab for the service you want to use, for example, File Transfer.
  3. Select the check box for Authentication (passkey) required.
  4. Select OK.
To enable a secure connection on the notebook:
  1. On your notebook, right-click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar.
  2. Select Explore My Bluetooth Places.
  3. Select View my Bluetooth Services.
  4. Right-click the service you want, for example, My File Transfer, and then select Properties.
  5. Select the check box for Secure connection.
  6. Select Apply, and then select OK.
To pair manually with another device
NOTE:If you have already paired your Bluetooth notebook and your HP iPAQ, you can skip the following two steps.
  1. On the notebook, in the Folders pane of My Bluetooth Places, right-click the icon for the HP iPAQ, and then select Pair Device
    from the shortcut menu.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing.
To remove a device pairing
You can remove a paired relationship between devices.
  1. On the notebook, in the Folders pane of My Bluetooth Places, right-click the icon for the device, and then select Unpair Device from the shortcut menu.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the pairing.

Enabling the File Transfer Service on your notebook

  1. Right-click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar of the notebook.
  2. Select Bluetooth Setup Wizard from the menu.
  3. Select I know the service I want to use and I want to find a Bluetooth device that provides that service, and then select Next to continue.
    Figure 3: Bluetooth Setup
  4. Select File Transfer, and then select Next.
    Figure 4: Bluetooth Service Selection
    The Bluetooth Device Selection dialog box displays a list of devices in range.
    • If the device you want is not displayed:
      • Select
        Show all devices.
    • To narrow the search to a particular kind of device, such as a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA):
      • Select the device category from the drop-down list.
    Figure 5: Select a device
  5. Select iPAQ device name
    from the list of available devices.
    The Bluetooth Setup Wizard Completion Page is displayed, prompting you to establish a shortcut in My Bluetooth Places for this service. The default name for this service is <iPAQ device name> OBEX File Transfer.
    Completing Bluetooth Setup
  6. Select Finish.

Transferring a file or an image from your notebook to your HP iPAQ

There are three ways to transfer files using Bluetooth.
  • Microsoft Windows Explorer
  • Bluetooth icon in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar
  • File menu from any Microsoft Office Application
NOTE:You can also use the data synchronization feature to synchronize a file from the HP iPAQ to the notebook. Before you synchronize a file, you must install the Microsoft ActiveSync software on the notebook. Refer to the documentation included with your HP iPAQ for instructions on installing ActiveSync and synchronizing data.
To transfer a file using Windows Explorer
  1. On your notebook, select Start, Programs, Windows Explorer, and then browse to the file(s) you want to transfer to the HP iPAQ.
  2. Right-click the file(s), and then select Send To, Bluetooth and then select the device name, for example, POCKET_PC.
    The Authorization Request dialog box is displayed on the HP iPAQ screen, prompting you to accept the file.
    • To accept the file:
      • Select Accept. The files are copied to the HP iPAQ.
    • To cancel the file transfer request:
      • Select Deny.
To transfer a file using the Bluetooth icon
  1. On your notebook, right-click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar.
  2. Select Quick Connect, File Transfer, and then select the device name - for example, POCKET_PC. Windows Explorer displays the file directory on your HP iPAQ where any files you transfer will be sent.
  3. On your notebook, select Start, All Programs, Windows Explorer, and then browse to the file you want to send. After you locate the file, drag and drop it into the Windows Explorer window displaying your HP iPAQ file directory.
    The Authorization Request dialog box is displayed on the HP iPAQ screen, prompting you to accept the file.
    • To accept the file:
      • Select Accept.
    • To cancel the file transfer request:
      • Select Deny.
To transfer a file within a Microsoft Office application on your notebook
NOTE:This method works only with Microsoft Office applications.
  1. On your notebook, use the appropriate Microsoft Office application (such as Microsoft Word) to open the file you want to transfer.
  2. Select File, Send to, Bluetooth, and then select the device name - for example, POCKET_PC.
    The Authorization Request dialog box is displayed on the HP iPAQ screen, prompting you to accept the file.
    • To accept the file:
      • Select Accept. The files are copied to the HP iPAQ.
    • To cancel the file transfer request:
      • Select Deny.

Enabling the File Transfer Service on your HP iPAQ

NOTE:If you have already enabled the file transfer service on the HP iPAQ and created a shortcut to the notebook, proceed to the next section.
  1. On the HP iPAQ, select Start, Bluetooth Manager.
  2. Select New, Connect!, Browse files on a remote device.
  3. Select Next, and then tap in the device selection box. The HP iPAQ searches for devices in range.
  4. Select the notebook where you want to send the file, and then select Finish.

Transferring a file or an image from your HP iPAQ to your notebook

  1. On the HP iPAQ, select Start, Bluetooth Manager.
  2. In the My Shortcuts tab, select Files on <computer name>.
  3. Select File, Send a file.
  4. Browse to the file that you want to send, and then select it. The file is copied to the Bluetooth exchange folder on the notebook.

Verifying a file or image transfer

Files transferred over a Bluetooth connection are placed in the designated folder on the device that received the file.
  • On the notebook, this folder is called the Bluetooth Exchange Folder.
  • On the HP iPAQ, it is called the Shared folder.
    NOTE:If a file of the same name already exists in the designated folder, you are prompted to overwrite the file currently in the folder.
  • To overwrite the file:
    • Select Yes.
  • To cancel the file transfer request:
    • Select No.
To find the Bluetooth Exchange Folder on the notebook:
  1. On your notebook, right-click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar.
  2. Select Explore My Bluetooth Places.
  3. Select View My Bluetooth Services on the left pane of the My Bluetooth Places window.
  4. Right-click the icon for the My File Transfer service, and then select Properties. The location of the Bluetooth Exchange folder is listed on the General tab of the Properties dialog box.
To verify that a file has been transferred to the notebook:
  1. Select Start, All Programs, Windows Explorer.
  2. Browse to the Bluetooth Exchange Folder.
  3. Verify that the transferred file is listed in the file list for the Bluetooth exchange folder.
To find the Shared Folder on the HP iPAQ:
  1. Select the Bluetooth icon on the HP iPAQ, and then select Bluetooth Settings.
  2. Select the File Transfer tab. The location of the shared folder is listed in the My Shared Folder field of the File Transfer tab.
To verify that a file has been transferred to the HP iPAQ:
  1. Select Start, Programs, File Explorer.
  2. Browse to the Shared Folder.
  3. Verify that the transferred file is listed in the file list for the Shared Folder.

Troubleshooting

Problem: Cannot Connect to a Paired Device
  • Device may be out of range. Paired devices are always displayed in My Bluetooth Places, even if the remote device is out of range or is not powered up. The maximum recommended distance between Bluetooth devices is 10 meters (30 feet). Bluetooth technology does not require a direct line of sight between the sending and receiving devices.
    • Verify that the device is within range and turned on, and then attempt the connection again.
Problem: Cannot Discover Services on an Un-paired Remote Device
  • The remote device may not be turned on.
    • Verify that the device is plugged in and turned on.
  • The notebook may be too far from the HP iPAQ. The maximum recommended distance between Bluetooth devices is 10 meters (30 feet). Bluetooth technology does not require a direct line of sight between the sending and receiving devices.
    • Move the HP iPAQ closer to the notebook.
  • The remote device might not be discoverable in My Bluetooth Places.
    • Verify that the notebook and HP iPAQ are discoverable in My Bluetooth Places.
      • For the HP iPAQ, in Bluetooth Manager, select New, Connect!, Explore a Bluetooth device. Then select Next, and tap in the device field. The HP iPAQ searches for devices in range.
      • For the notebook, in My Bluetooth Places, select View My Bluetooth Services.
Problem: Cannot locate Bluetooth software in Software Setup.
The software is also available for download on the HP support Web site. To download and install the Bluetooth software from the HP Support Web site:
  1. Go to
  2. Select Notebooks and Tablet PCs.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to browse to the support page for your notebook.
  4. Select download drivers and software.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the Bluetooth by HP software.

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