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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Rgarner, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Is there a way to retrofit this Dell Inspiron with Bluetooth and/or touchscreen? It's about 5 or 6 years old. I would like to be able to use it with a Bluetooth speaker that's already available, and a touchscreen would enable more possibilities.
     


  2. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Bluetooth is easy.. you can by a small Bluetooth adaptor that plugs into a USB socket... for a few pounds/dollars

    Touchscreen is harder.. as it may be possible but is going to involve quite a lot of screwdriver work, and crafting of the case to get something in, and even then it may cost a significant amount of cash/time
     
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  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    And even then you'll need drivers, and that assumes that the motherboard has the connection needed for a touch panel (I've never taken a touchscreen laptop apart so don't know, but a touchscreen obviously requires extra signals back to the computer which a non-touch panel does not, so a different or additional connector seems quite possible, and your motherboard may or may not have this).

    If it's a desktop then it should be simpler - you can just buy a touchscreen monitor. You may need a free USB port for the touch part to communicate with the PC, but you should be able to use it with any PC whose OS supports touch input.
     
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  4. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    So.... Bluetooth easy... Touchscreen hard.
     
  5. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    yes! I've been using the USB bluetooth adapters for years, they work very well with Windows and Linux. They are very cheap to buy and very compact. You can leave one plugged in and the laptop will still fit easily in it's bag.
     
  6. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Yeah, I wish it had a bag. Where do I get a Bluetooth adapter? I hope it's not more than about $10-20.
     
  7. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    there are plenty on EBay (UK) from £0.99 or EBAy (USA) From $0.99.
    these are from China/Hong Kong / Malaysia.

    In the UK, from a UK retailer, from £4.99, in the US from a US retailer, from $4.99

    so not expensive, and they do work well with both Windows 10 and Linux.
     
  8. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Wouldn't you know it? I have Windows 8.1. Would it work with that? Would Best Buy have it?
     
  9. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Probably... And probably
     
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  10. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I expect so - they've been around long before Windows 8 was out, never mind Windows 10.

    I imagine they list their compatibilities anyway.
     
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  11. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Thanks for all your help, and I got the Bluetooth done. I found a cheap one for less than ten dollars and it works great,. I'll probably just have to let the touchscreen go for now. Have you heard of C Cleaner? I keep getting a message from it but I don't know whether to trust it. I sure hope it's not cheetah mobile.
     
  12. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    It's not Cheetah Mobile, but it does contain a task killer so I'd personally not use it. Have you installed it, or are these messages ads?
     
  13. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    It might have been installed already. I got the pc used. What happens is there's an ad I guess which pops up sometimes and claims it can clean up x amount of space.
     
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