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Update bluetooth service in Mavericks System 10.9
I recently started having severely shortened battery life on my Magic Trackpad. It turns out the fix is pretty easy.

When researching the problem, I found the standard fix reported over the last few years was to "update service" in OS X's bluetooth preferences. Looking for that option in Mavericks proved fruitless. Finally, out of desperation, I selected the option to disconnect the trackpad, then re-associated it. Immediately, the day-old batteries showed a 100% charge instead of the prior 10% and I've had no problems since.
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Update bluetooth service in Mavericks
Authored by: benwiggy on Dec 19, '13 07:12:35AM

Is anyone actually checking/testing these "hints"? Can we at least verify whether this is a known issue and a 100% tested solution, rather than "I had a problem, I did this and then it started working".

This may well be a valid hint -- or it may not be. Time was when the moderator/editor would write "Tried this, and it seems to work", or "was unable to test this". The other recent hint about Calendar seems to address a non-existent problem.

Also, I can't see any "Update Service" option in System Prefs > Bluetooth. Can we have more information on this?

Edited on Dec 19, '13 07:14:26AM by benwiggy



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Update bluetooth service in Mavericks
Authored by: jceaser on Dec 23, '13 04:56:57AM

Agree. I also can confirm no such interface in the Bluetooth preference panel.



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Update bluetooth service in Mavericks
Authored by: dcoyle on Dec 19, '13 07:15:17PM

Hi Benwiggy. I know this is kind of a lame hint. You touched on the issue I ran into. If you Google for battery issues with the Magic Trackpad, the most useful hits talk about updating the BT service in OS X's preferences. The reason for this admittedly lame hint is that the "update service" option is apparently gone in Mavericks. What I did appears to do the same thing and I no longer have to charge my MT's batteries daily. In fact they are still up since I submitted this hint.



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Update bluetooth service in Mavericks
Authored by: Thomas Lunney on Dec 23, '13 01:47:56PM

I agree with the postings that things need to be tested prior to publishing. However I too had a problem with my Bluetooth services regardless if the posting was incorrect regarding the apply button in system preferences. If you think outside the box and you actually have this problem the hint actually resolve my issue. But I do think they should test the hint prior to posting.



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Update bluetooth service in Mavericks
Authored by: dzurn on Jan 03, '14 04:14:19AM

Not to be pedantic, but if a moderator isn't experiencing the problem at this time, or even have a trackpad, then they can't check if the fix might work or not.

Admittedly, I assume "I haven't tested this" if nothing appears.

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Update bluetooth service in Mavericks
Authored by: Thomas Lunney on Jan 05, '14 02:37:40PM

I agree with dzurn. How could a moderator test a problem if they don't experience the problem or for that matter have the equipment in question.



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