Tethering a Blackberry with OSX 10.5.6

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Evidently there are some pieces of Bluetooth that get changed with the Leopard 10.5.6 update.  One of those appears to break tethering to Blackberries.  If you have everything “correct” based on the number of other tutorials out there, but you get disconnected after 5-30 seconds of being connected (to Verizon in my case), try the following fix (you can use the editor of your choice instead of vi if you like, as the instructions below might get you in trouble if you make any mistakes and aren’t familiar with vi):

  • Open a terminal
  • Type sudo vi /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist
  • Type your admin password
  • Type /CCPEnabled and press enter
  • Move your cursor to the line below that line (that looks like <integer>1</integer> and place it on the number 1
  • Type r
  • Type 0
  • Type :
  • Type wq
  • Exit the terminal and reboot (I tried prior to rebooting, as everyone should, but still had problems)
  • While your machine is rebooting, marvel in the obscurity of vi

Thanks to:
http://www.imroot.com/2008/05/26/bluetooth-tether-verizon-blackberry-8800-on-leopard/

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