I've got 2 PowerPC Macs, one is a 2005 Mac mini G4, the other is a 2002 PowerBook G4 Titanium. Both have Airport and Bluetooth cards installed and they work fine and both are OS X 10.5.8.

The Mac mini's BT card is built-in Apple and the PB's BT card is 3Com's PCMCIA card and its drivers are http://www.traud.de/bluetooth

Because their Airport cards have limited range as they've got only one antenna, I've tried to connect to Internet over my Android 7 phone's 4.5G and Bluetooth and Bluetooth-Tethering.

On Mac mini G4 I've managed to easily connect to the Internet using Bluetooth Network method but on PowerBook, I get The Bluetooth network is unavailable error Bluetooth Network Error

On the Console, a new line appears (shortened and simplified) [Req OpCode 1104 from: kernel_task (0) ... timeout: 10000] Bluetooth warning: An HCI Req timeout occured.

When I try to send a file from Powerbook to Android 7 phone, using the send file option at the Bluetooh icon, I can easily send files.

How to do a Bluetooth Network connection over this Android 7 phone?

  • You said "both work fine." How do you know the Bluetooth on the PowerBook is working properly? The 3Com BT driver you linked to appears to be 3rd party - how do you know that works? Can you connect simple BT devices to the PowerBook like a mouse, or a speaker or similar?
    – Allan
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 15:37
  • Thank you for the comment. The BT on the PowerBook works properly because once it's up and running, I can connect to any BT mouse or keyboard or whatever. On the picture, on the left is a connected BT mouse. And I can send files to Android 7 phone, as I've already stated on the message. So this Bluetooth card should be working fine. I haven't tried it with my BT headphones but I will give it a try soon. Yep the drivers are 3rd party as there were no OS X drivers coming with the card.
    – Terry
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 19:01
  • I've just tried connecting my Sony MH100 Bluetooth headphone. The pairing was okey but after the pairing when I selected "use headphone" on the Bluetooth menu, the computer just crashed i.e. I needed to press the power button for seconds to reboot the OS. So the BT drivers may not be perfectly working.
    – Terry
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 19:35
  • That's your starting point, then. You first have to get a stable BT setup on the PowerBook - maybe searching for "better" drivers or maybe a different piece of hardware.
    – Allan
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 19:47
  • That's not easy because this BT card was manufactured in February 2002 and the OS X drivers were compiled at around 2005 and haven't got any update since then.
    – Terry
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 20:19


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