September 30, 2011
I just received my Asus USB-BT211 Bluetooth dongle in the mail today and was excited to finally get to use my trusty Apple Wireless keyboard again. I ordered it from Amazon after I read this tonymacx86 blogpost about recommended hardware for SandyBridge Hackintosh builds. Supposedly it should have worked right out of the box, just plug-and-play. However the dongle (<BT21) that the link pointed to wasn’t for sale anymore so carelessly I found a dongle with a similar name (BT211). Long story short, the previous version (BT21) works out of the box but the newest one that I got (BT211) does not. The remainder of this post are instructions that I found after some digging on how to make it work (with some limits).
Download this file (it’s extracted Windows 7 drivers courtesy of the user ajg0r at the tonymacx86 forum)
Run Terminal and change dir to your Downloads directory:
$ cd ~/Downloads
(No, you can’t just click “install” script in Finder — it requires to be run with sudo. If you click it, it will just exit.)
$ tar zxf ath3k-firmware-uploader-V2.tar.gz
Go to unpacked directory
$ cd ath3k-firmware-uploader-V2
Install (will require admin rights)
$ sudo ./install
Shutdown, do power-off, power-on, and enjoy native bluetooth right from the start
Once back in OSX there will be a window stating that there is a new network adapter available. Go to Network in System Preferences and click the plus on the left and select Bluetooth DUN. All done, now just pair your device/s as usual.
Now the limits? People are reporting that the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad do not work, only ”… wireless keyboard[s], audio and phones.” As I just wanted to use my Wireless Apple keyboard, I got what I wanted -_-. Thanks drcrack and ajg0r for the help!