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I have no idea what to pin this on, and I'm going a little nuts ...

I have these A2DP speakers:

they're great. I got a deal on them and they didn't come with the USB receiver, but I figured, hey, I have a cheap bluetooth dongle, no big deal.

They work fine (with a few ms of latency) right after being paired/installed, but after giving them a rest for a little while (i.e. waiting a couple hours without playing any audio, or letting the machine suspend, etc.) when I try to use them again, there's about 5-10 seconds of latency on the audio (this gets pretty ridiculous pretty quickly), and there's nothing I can do to fix this other than unpair, restart the machine, and re-pair. I've tried newer CSR drivers, I've tried restarting the Windows Audio and BT services; nothing fixes this apart from re-starting and re-pairing.

I have a suspicion that I just have a junky BT dongle, but I used to have an even junkier one that had issues with re-pairing a headset after I'd shut it off; this one has no problem with the headset, just massive A2DP latency. Are there entire tiers of "crappy bluetooth dongle" that I'm currently slowly climbing through, or am I missing some easy software solution?

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I'd settle for a shitty batchfile that I could run to restart the (invisible, maybe not a service per se) service when needed, for what it's worth! – serilain Dec 1 '12 at 1:43
It is most likely your BT dongle... Windows support (even in 8) still sucks for audio devices especially bluetooth. I have had many problems with bluetooth and this is one of them. It more often than not is related to the dongle than the device. Buy a high rated known-name brand adapter. – CenterOrbit Dec 1 '12 at 2:57
thanks. I think I've actually figured out a reproducible set of steps for fixing them without restarting (it involves unplugging the dongle, restarting services, then plugging it back in) ... will let you know. I got this one in a two pack and put the other in my Ubuntu machine; will see if they have the same issues. – serilain Dec 1 '12 at 3:34

well, confirmed I can fix it by turning the speaker off, re-plugging the dongle and then running:

net stop hfgservice
net start hfgservice
net stop audiosrv
net stop audioendpointbuilder
net start audioendpointbuilder
net start audiosrv

then turning the speaker back on. needless to say, this is a bit tedious (though having the BT dongle in a front USB port within arm's reach helps), and I ought to finally get a more expensive dongle so this isn't necessary.

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Hi, hope you can still read and answer this. Have you ever solved this without unplugging? Does buying a better dongle solve this issue? – Sid Dec 9 '15 at 16:26

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