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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X System
A search on Google and apple.com support boards reveals that I'm not alone in my frustration with getting my BT200 to work with my Mac. The problem is that when you get the headset to pair, you can only get it to connect for a second ... and this was with my cheap TRENDnet Bluetooth adapter. A quick read of Apple's documentation makes it clear that the only Bluetooth dongle worth buying at all is the D-Link DBT-120 (rev B2 or later; mine is the B4) -- only the latest D-Link adapters (and internal Bluetooth) work with Bluetooth headsets. And then, only after upgrading the firmware.

OK. At this point I've upgraded the firmware on the D-Link adapter but the problem remains. I can pair my Jabra BT200 but can only connect for a second or two. What's the deal? Apparently the Jabra BT200 has two pairing modes. The first is when you hold down the handset shaped button till the light shines solid for a few seconds.

The other mode is the enhanced mode. This is the pairing method most of us have learned as it is how we pair it with our mobile phones. With this method you hold down, in tandem, the headset and up buttons till the light shines solid for a few seconds. But Apple doesn't like these enhancements apparently. Make sure you pair the headset using just the headset button to make the Jabra BT200 discoverable. It really sucks that neither Jabra or Apple have provided this information; there are scores of users wondering what the heck is going on. Thank Woz macOSXhints is around, eh?
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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: rfrost on Oct 19, '04 12:52:47PM

I have a Plantronics M2500 which seems to have pretty much the same set of problems. Indeed, from the description, I suspect that they just may be the same units relabeled.

My problem is otherwise. I cannot seem to get the sounds routed properly. The microphone channel routes properly into the Sound Pref panel--I can see the audio bars in the Sound PrefPanel and I can use Wiretap or AudioRecorder to capture the incoming audio stream, regardless of whether or not I use the Bluetooth Serial Utility (BSU). Sadly, however, the sound-out to the earpiece doesn't happen. After successfuly pairing the unit with my PB, I've tried routing audio out both with and without BSU. When I set up the in and out channels with BSU, the Sound PrefPanel doesn't recognize them.

I bought this unit with two purposes in mind, Skype and for routing my class lectures both to the lecture hall's PA system and to an internal recording device/software (Wiretap and/or Audiorecorder). The rub seems to be in bridging the working audio-in stream to the output jack.

Any clues on this?



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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: mdlieber on Oct 19, '04 01:36:27PM

I have the same problem pretty much. I'm trying to use the Jabra FreeSpeak 250 with Skype on OS X. For me, the pairing goes ok, but then the headset simply does not work. I can't hear or use the mic. OS X definitely recognizes the headset as a bluetooth devide but that seems to be about it.



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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: mdlieber on Oct 19, '04 01:37:33PM

I have the same problem pretty much. I'm trying to use the Jabra FreeSpeak 250 with Skype on OS X. For me, the pairing goes ok, but then the headset simply does not work. I can't hear or use the mic. OS X definitely recognizes the headset as a bluetooth devide but that seems to be about it.



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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: sukhjeet on Oct 19, '04 04:26:00PM

i also have a jabra bt200. you have to go through the following to get it working after you pair it with your computer:

System Preferences -> Sound (under Hardware)
then select the Output tab and select your bt200 (only shows up when paired)
also go to the Input tab and select your bt200

now you're jabra will work with os x and your mac. what i prefer doing myself is keeping the output to the speakers. there are also utilities that sort of override which applications send sound out to which devices. this may be helpful to you if you'd like skype to just send to the jabra but you'd still like music coming out of your speakers.

also, if any of you guys are using a t616/t610, you can't pair the bt200 and your computer with the phone at the same time. it's kind of annoying so i just use the bt200 when i'm on the go and a wired headset at home w/the phone.



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Sorry - posted in wrong place
Authored by: mdlieber on Oct 19, '04 01:38:40PM

my apologies



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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: JohnITG on Oct 19, '04 07:04:30PM

A little FYI...

I have a Motorola HS820 that I got for my V710 and just tried it with my G5 2G w/Bluetooth and it works great even the sound out. I was able to make recordings and use speech recognition no prob.



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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: Batshua on Jun 15, '05 05:03:38AM

How did you manage this? When I tried to pair my Motorola headset (same model) with my TiBook, it said headsets are not supported with my hardware. Is there some known limitation that I have?



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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: cynikal on Oct 20, '04 11:14:15AM

what exactly does pairing with a headset give you? a microphone/headphone combination? i mean what applications are there for using a bluetooth headset with a computer anyway? pardon my ignorance, never seen the need but you guys make it sound intriguing



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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: ddldreaming on Oct 23, '04 03:51:49PM

My Jabra FreeSpeak BT250 works well as a headset for my phone (a Sony Ericsson P800), but also plays nicely with my 12" Powerbook. I've recently held several iChat audio conversations using it with acceptable results, considering my counterparts were using their laptops' built-in mic and speakers. (The other night my dad "called" me over iChat just after the Sox won the pennant, and I could clearly hear Tim McCarver still blathering on Fox Sports in the background (my own TV was muted).) There is low-level fuzz and noticeable compression, so you wouldn't use it to record music.

Before the last round of Mac Bluetooth firmware and system updates, I often had to re-pair either the phone or the headset to my Mac in order to get them to work together, but I haven't had to do that in several months. The headset properly picks up a connection from whichever peer tries to contact it, the phone syncs perfectly with OS X, everything is peachy cool and hassle-free (iChat lets you select input and output devices independently of the general system preferences, so I don't have to fiddle around).



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Pairing Jabra BT200 headsets with OS X
Authored by: origican on Oct 28, '04 02:08:52AM

hey i just got the HS810 as well hoping to get ton of use from it. obviously use it my cellphone but also for skype. as far as the headset question, yes it's a combination of mic and headphone. I had no problem pairing it with my computer. the sound preferences recognizes it fine..and apprently so does i chat. But nothing else seems to want to work with it. I'm curious how the HS820 worked out. could it be because it has bluetooth 1.2? I tried using the headset as a mic in garageband but it was grayed out, and right next to it it said (not 44.1). Maybe that's the problem, the quality isn't high enough for some of these other programs? I tried chaging some stuff in the Audio/MIDI setup but whenever i change the rate it would go back to 44khz. Anybody have a sucess story with other than ichat?



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Can't pair Jabra 250 Headset with PB G4
Authored by: DBG on Jan 15, '05 04:04:27PM

I have an early 17" PB G4 1mHz and am trying to set up a Jabra 250 headset to use with Skype. I have the newest upgrades (Bluetooth 1.5 and Firmware Updater 1.2) installed, but it still doesn't seem to work. When I use the Bluetooth Setup Assistant, it can find the phone, but when I press "Continue" I get the message, "Failed to set up the headset. Headsets are not supported on your Bluetooth hardware." Is it really a hardware question? Did Apple change the hardware at some point and, if so, is it possible to get an upgrade? I called Apple Support and they were less than helpful. I don't have a bluetooth cell phone and bought the headset soley for this purpose. Any suggestions would be appreciated.



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Can't pair Jabra 250 Headset with PB G4
Authored by: tamaracks on Mar 02, '05 08:15:41PM

I got this same error with my Jabra BT200 and my iBook G4 with built-in bluetooth. Oddly, I did have the headset paired before, but was trying to repair it. Not sure if some update broke it or what. If anybody else knows anything, I'd love to hear.



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Can't pair Jabra 250 Headset with PB G4
Authored by: piper on Mar 28, '05 07:40:41PM

I just bought a Jabra 250 headset and have a 15" aluminum PB. I get the same mesasge: Headsets are not support on your Bluetooth Hardware.



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Can't pair Jabra 250 Headset with PB G4
Authored by: lestmak on Apr 06, '05 04:54:45PM

Update your firmware with the latest from the Apple website. It will then work



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Can't pair Motorola HS820 bluetooth headset with PB4 1.5G 17"
Authored by: Joshlipe@mac.com on May 23, '05 09:03:01PM

Information on my Bluetooth software/setup issue:

I cannot seem to pair my Motorola HS820 headset. When I choose Headset as the device option, it automatically displays the message:

'Failed to set up with the headset. Headsets are not supported on your Bluetooth hardware.'

The headset is found if I select the 'Any device' option and perform a search... but again, when I select the device to continue, it displays the same message.

Snap, I'm mad. How the heck do I get this to work?

Details on my software version/firmware version:

Apple Bluetooth Software Version: 1.6.0f2
Hardware Settings:
[computer name]
Address: n/a
Manufacturer: Cambridge Silicon Radio
Firmware Version: 1.526 (1.526)
Bluetooth Power: On
Discoverable: Yes
Requires Authentication: No
HCI Version: 1 ($1)
HCI Revision: 526 ($20e)
LMP Version: 1 ($1)
LMP Subversion: 526 ($20e)
Device Type (Major): Computer
Device Type (Complete): Laptop Computer
Composite Class Of Device: 1057036 ($10210c)
Device Class (Major): 1 ($1)
Device Class (Minor): 3 ($3)
Service Class: 129 ($81)

Thanks for any enlightenment you can provide.



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Can't pair Motorola HS820 bluetooth headset with PB4 1.5G 17"
Authored by: macwebmac on Jun 25, '05 04:58:59AM

u have old firmware version in your bluetooth. version 526 is not good for mac headset support. u need to update firmware with apples firmware update app. that is only way to have headset bluetooth suport on macs. if your bluetooth device (usb key?) cant be updated with apples firmware app u will not be able to use headset with it. u wil need to buy new bluetooth usb key.



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Can't pair Motorola HS820 bluetooth headset with PB4 1.5G 17"
Authored by: macsebi on Jul 14, '05 08:25:19PM

Hi there.

well, I have the same problem: Powerbook G4 1.5 GHz and internal BT. Version 1.526.
But Apples Updates doesn't do (change) anything... !?
- OS 10.4.2


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Bye,
MacSebi



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Can't pair Jabra 250 Headset with PB G4
Authored by: schrap on Jan 10, '06 09:11:16AM

If hav ea jabra bt200 and it will works with OS X.
Just make an bluetooth pairing with your headset.

That moment the software will give you the information that it will not work.
You still have to install your headset. Open system preferences and open bluetooth.
There you can install the jabra as a headset.
Go to the prefs from skype and set in and out to the jabra.

Simpel as that it is.

It will works very well.



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