I say this with almost 25 years experience with PCs, so I'm not a beginner.
Decided the other day that I would like to pair my new Bose bluethooth headphones with my laptop.
For this I needed a plug in adapter which are as cheap as chips these days. One came from Amazon, plugged it in and first thing it didn't do despite pairing successfully with my phone, was accept the receipt or transfer of any files.
Not that important, but then I tried to pair the heaphones. Again, according to the dialogue boxes you get, it was paired and connected, but whenever I played a music file, no music in the cans, just on the laptop speakers.
E mailed Bose. They responded promptly and told me that the adapter needed to be A2DP compliant. I made light of this in my reply and referred to R2D2. They responded and told me there was a big difference.
I've chucked the packaging for the dongle in my mad burst of spring cleaning, so I don't know if mine is an R2D2 or a C3PO and Windows certainly won't reveal this.
Waiting for yet another fucking dongle to come from E Bay this time which states it is R2D2.
Gripe 1. Bluetooth is a relatively simple wireless technology, yet since it appeared on computers, I've had little to no joy with it either working or when it does, its reliability.
I was amazed when the headphones made friends with the Sony phone and it continues to work perfectly. Hugs to Bose for humouring me and my Star Wars silliness and of course for making good kit.
I decided this morning to dig out my HP wireless printer as I have a little favour to grant for Bob the Butcher.
I last used it at Christmas. Should be a matter of plugging it in and setting to work yes ?
No. It refuses to link into my wireless network. I;m one of those saddo's who knows the network password off by heart and have so far keyed it in 4 times before cussing like a good un and aborting the 10 minute print job I had planned after 45 minutes of fucking about.
The printer is recognising the network, just won't log in.
Gripe no 2. A ten minute job, should not take upwards of an hour and this is becomeing more common the case with modern computing.
Gripe no 3. I've had my laptop since last August. The card reader has broken. Now the USB ports (all 3) are "loose" if you have something plugged in, the slightes move of the laptop and it acts like you unplugged it.
So, it's still in warranty, but you know the drill. Take it back to PC World and they will have it for upwards of 2 weeks.
The way things are going, I think I may have to do this as I am now getting to a stage where I was with Wally the Welder's old hand me down leptop where every simple job you have to do takes ages and has to have some sort of compromise.
Tech used to be fun, now it's a royal pain in the arse.