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    Sharing bluetooth mouse between Windows and Ubuntu

    Hello!

    I have a Mac mighty mouse which I have been using under Windows.

    I want to switch to Ubuntu, but because games don't really work under Ubuntu, I have to stick with windows for a while for gaming.

    I would really like to be able to share the mouse between Ubuntu and Windows so that I don't have to pair up every time I boot into the other operating system. Actually not being able to do this slows down my switch considerably, because I keep booting into Windows out of convinience. There should be a way to extract the link key from windows and register it under linux... I suppose that is a kind of a hack, but maybe there are better ways?

    HW:
    Asus F3SV
    Mighty mouse

    SW:
    Windows XP: Toshiba Bluetooth manager

    (I don't think anything else is of interest)



    Thanks for your help,
    axos88

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    Re: Sharing bluetooth mouse between Windows and Ubuntu

    My mighty mouse does not works for 8.04. Ubuntu can find bluetooth device and show mighty mouse on device list as well. But mouse never works.


    I have same problem to switch back to window.

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    Re: Sharing bluetooth mouse between Windows and Ubuntu

    Hey there Im New to the Whole Linux System Im Impressed So far Just that i Have the same problem as You Aswell

    "I have a Mac mighty mouse which I have been using under Windows."

    I really want to get on with my work so if anybody knows the solution Please share

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    Re: Sharing bluetooth mouse between Windows and Ubuntu

    bump for a similar issue.
    (want to share a bluetooth mouse between my macboook and linux box)

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    Re: Sharing bluetooth mouse between Windows and Ubuntu

    bump again.
    I want my trackpad to appear as a mouse on bluetooth (penryn macbook pro)

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    Re: Sharing bluetooth mouse between Windows and Ubuntu

    OK, I think I figured it out. In Windows (I'm using XP), go to Control Panel > Bluetooth Devices> Hardware> Properties > Advanced. Here, it shows you the radio's name and address. Copy these down or remember them or whatever.

    Now, in Ubuntu (I'm using 9.04), open the terminal and type
    Code:
    hciconfig
    The BD Address given should match the radio address in Windows, seeing as how it's the same physical machine. Now, type
    Code:
    hciconfig hciX name "name"
    where "name" is the name of your Bluetooth radio in Windows. Alternately, you can go to Ubuntu's Bluetooth preferences and change the "Friendly Name" to this name.

    Or, you could do the reverse of this and change the one in Windows to match that in Ubuntu. Either one should work just fine.

    Next, you'll need to connect your mouse in both OSes, making sure to use the same passkey/PIN (or to not use one).

    Both OSes should recognize the mouse immediately upon activation. Depending on the mouse, you may need to turn it off and back on upon changing OSes.

    This is what worked with me, but your mileage may vary. Good luck!

    Oh, and as an unrelated note, having just started with Ubuntu recently, I'd like to thank the entirety of ubuntuforums.org for being so damn helpful!

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    Re: Sharing bluetooth mouse between Windows and Ubuntu

    I just got this reply as a PM from dgttm (http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=1019330). I thought it might be of some help to someone in the future.

    hi,

    could you please help me a little more with your explanation how to get a bluetooth mouse working with a dual boot windows + linux laptop..

    (this is the thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=764756)


    could you please tell me, which values exactly got be replaced with hciconfig and where to find them in windows (i have windows 7).

    I just changed the name to the same name in windows and linux but it is still not recognized and requests a password/key.


    thank you very much

    Nicolas

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