I just have to share this in case someone else hit the same problem as I did. Upgrading to XP worked like a charm and I am glad I did it, the machine is much quicker now as well.
A new problem occured though when I installed Nokia PC Suite to connect it to my cellphone – it did not want to communicate with the phone! I tried anything, handshaking here and there, disabling, rebooting, reinstalling, reactivating but nothing helped. When I chose to add phone in Nokia PC Suite and it asked for the pin, the Thinkpad answered instead thinking it was the phone. The bluetooth stack took over! My phone did not get the chance to answer the handshake request…
I had to laugh when I figured it out, I am always suspicious to branded PCs and brand-software. I found this when I chose add/remove programs :
Thinkpad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software. Ewww… Software that enhances stuff is most of the time dangerous and unstable.
I uninstalled this and then everything worked fine!
If you have the same problem, make sure you have the C:SWTOOLSDRIVERSTPBToothWin32drivers, you have to use it later.
Go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs and remove “Thinkpad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software”, then reboot your machine.
When you log on again it finds new hardware and asks for drivers, choose “have disk” and direct it to C:SWTOOLSDRIVERSTPBToothWin32drivers. Then it install Bluetooth properly and you’re ready to go!
How fun technology can be…