Windows 7 Bluetooth drivers download–Toshiba chipset


If you recently bought a Bluetooth dongle, you may have experienced significant frustration with the out of the box Windows 7 Bluetooth driver.  I could not get the A2DP profiles to work and the Windows 7 wouldn’t allow me to setup local PAN connections.

So, I returned my cheap $2 dongle and bought a Kensington Bluetooth dongle with the Toshiba chipset.  This dongle comes with a great set of drivers and an application to setup multiple profiles.  If you have a Toshiba Bluetooth chipset you can download the drivers from here.

Unzip the x32 and x64 files and run setup.exe and enjoy the Bluetooth goodness!

Download Toshiba Bluetooth drivers

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ASP.NET Development Server and Linking to Remote Shares using Symbolic Links


In one of our recent eCommerce projects, we needed to access images stored on a network share within our website hosted on the ASP.NET development web server.

By default, the ASP.NET web server does not allow you to add virtual directories like IIS does.  This article will give you the steps to find your way around this problem

Our scenario deals with a web project in Visual Studio.  The site uses some images stored on a network share.  It is not effective to download and store all these images locally.  When users access the site, the images should be loaded directly from the network share.  For (e.g) When you access http://customsite/images/image1.jpg , the web server assumes that you have a images directory underneath your webroot and will look for a image1.jpg file.

When users access the site, we need to pull image1.jpg from a network share.  The technique to achieve this is really simple if you are using Windows Vista/7/Windows Server 2008.

Symbolic Links are a core feature of these later editions of Windows and help us achieve the above

Read more about Symbolic Links

Step1: Map a network drive to the remote network share.

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Map the network share location that has the images to a drive letter in Windows

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Step 2: Create a Symbolic Link using the mklink command

In our example, when the user requests an image it is loaded from the images folder.  This images folder is supposed to be found by the ASP.NET web server under the root folder of your web application.  For e.g. if your web application is located under “C:\inetpub\wwwroot\webapplication1” then your images folder is usually under the webapplication1 folder.

Important Tip: Do not create the images folder manually and try to map to the network share. Mklink will do that for you

Open a command prompt as an administrator

Type the mklink command as follows

mklink /d “Your Image Folder under your webroot”  “Mapped Network Drive Location”

In our example, it will be

mklink /d “C:\inetpub\wwwroot\webapplication1\images” W:\

Now you should see Windows Create a Symbolic link to the network share.

Browse to the site and you should see your images loaded from the network share

Important Tip: Be very careful, when deleting the Symbolic linked folder. You will be deleting the underlying files on the network share

iPhone MTP USB Device driver issue


I reinstalled Windows 7 this weekend. This time I have decided not to install iTunes or QuickTime or any software from Apple on my main Windows machine. That said, I do want to access the pictures on my iPhone through Windows. After the reinstall, my iPhone wasnt recognized by the OS and it gave me an error about “Unable to install MTP USB device”. The fix is to go into the Device Manager, Uninstall the “Unknown MTP device” and scan for hardware changes. Windows 7 enumerated the devices and recognized the iPhone without any issues. A day without iTunes is a good computing day!

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