IF YOU CHOOSE TO INSTALL THE TOSHIBA BLUE TOOTH STACK ON YOUR DELL SYSTEM YOU ARE DOING SO AT YOUR OWN SUCCESS OR PERIL, AND ASSUME ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INSTALLING THE TOSHIBA BLUE TOOTH STACK, INCLUDING FLASHING THE FIRMWARE ON YOUR DELL WIRELESS 350 BLUE TOOTH MODULE. THE ADVISE GIVEN BELOW IS GENERALLY RELIABLE BUT CANNOT BE TAKEN AS FACT, AND YOUR DELL WIRELESS 350 BLUE TOOTH MODULE MAY NOT IDENTIFY CORRECTLY WITH THE TOSHIBA BLUE TOOTH STACK. CONTINUING TO READ BEYOND THIS PURPLE TEXT IS YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS.
EDIT: post re-written due to data loss.Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth module and Windows 7
OK, so after going back to the R142181 driver from Dell (the newest available specifically for the 350 card - for Vista), it did settle down mostly, but still was generally unreliable and randomly dropped connections. Also, trying to install the newer Dell drivers, meant for the 355, 360, and 370 bluetooth modules went unsuccessfully for me.
After a little digging around many more forums, bing and google searches; I found a bit of hope. While I cannot prove this as true, it seems the 350 module (and only the 350) may have been manufactured for Dell by Toshiba. There wasn't a lot of information on people using the Toshiba bluetooth stacks, so I tried it myself.I downloaded the latest Toshiba stack
, and after un-installing R142181 "Vista Profile," I ran the Toshiba download. It installed successfully, and gave me no trouble. Looking at the details in the Toshiba bluetooth utility (by the way, is way more functional than what Dell provided) the module identifies correctly as the Dell 350 in the device manager. Edit add: In the Toshiba bluetooth utility, it identifies the manufacturer as Cambridge Silicon Radio.
On the Toshiba page, they explicitly point out in bold red that "These stacks are for TOSHIBA notebooks only!"
I am assuming this is only a support disclaimer - because the Toshiba stack will RE-FLASH the module's firmware upon install.
I have no idea if it will be possible to go backwards to Dell again - if they ever release a working driver.
None of that matters though, as the 350 module and the Toshiba utility are working flawlessly together in Windows 7 - for about a week and a half so far without an instance of a problem.
Found the spec sheet that Dell published in 2005 for this thing. Back then Dell was supporting Windows 2000 for this module. Attached.