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    Bluetooth setup problem

    In Xubuntu 11.10, I failed to get bluetooth working using the applet & various wheezes I've since forgotten. So I decided to try again via the CLI to make documenting what I'd done a bit easier:

    1) Built-in bluetooth
    Code:
    onebir@dell640m:~/Desktop$ lsusb | grep -i bluetooth
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 413c:8103 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 350 Bluetooth
    onebir@dell640m:~/Desktop$ hcitool dev
    Devices:
    	hci1	00:16:41:57:F5:55
    onebir@dell640m:~/Desktop$ sudo hcitool scan
    [sudo] password for onebir: 
    Scanning ...
    onebir@dell640m:~/Desktop$
    Checked for information on "Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 350 Bluetooth". Discovered there can be problems with the driver
    This laptop has a (little-used) win$ dual-boot - installed & updated since that post. Looks like that particular issue's fixed.

    Decided to go through BluetoothSetup in Ubuntu documentation (using 11.04 instructions, couldn't find updates for 11.10):

    Code:
    onebir@dell640m:~$ sudo apt-get install bluez python-gobject python-dbus
    [sudo] password for onebir: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    python-dbus is already the newest version.
    bluez is already the newest version.
    python-gobject is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    # But what are the newest versions...
    onebir@dell640m:~$ apt-cache show bluez python-gobject python-dbus  |egrep "Package|Version"
    Package: bluez
    Version: 4.96-0ubuntu3
    Package: python-dbus
    Version: 0.84.0-2
    Package: python-gobject
    Version: 3.0.0-0ubuntu2
    Package: bluez
    Version: 4.96-0ubuntu4
    Package: python-gobject
    Version: 3.0.0-0ubuntu4
    # Why two versions of bluez & python-gobject? :s
    onebir@dell640m:~$ hcitool dev
    Devices:
    	hci1	00:16:41:57:F5:55
    onebir@dell640m:~$ sudo bluez-simple-agent hci1 00:16:41:57:F5:55
    Creating device failed: org.bluez.Error.ConnectionAttemptFailed: Page Timeout
    Googling suggests it's a problem with bluez...

    2) USB dongle.
    But I also have a $2 USB Bluetooth adapter (also available for a mere $34 here - what a deal, thinkpenguin!). Plug it in:

    Code:
    onebir@dell640m:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 413c:8103 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 350 Bluetooth
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode) # Same manufacturer as thinkpenguins'...
    onebir@dell640m:~$ hcitool dev
    Devices:
    	hci0	00:16:41:57:F5:55 # built-in one
    	hci1	00:1F:81:00:08:30 # USB one
    onebir@dell640m:~$ sudo bluez-simple-agent hci1 00:1F:81:00:08:30
    [sudo] password for onebir: 
    Creating device failed: org.bluez.Error.ConnectionAttemptFailed: Page Timeout
    Googling the error led me to an explanation of how-ubuntus-broken-bluetooth-support-came-to-be - but no solutions.

    Has anyone had any luck (in 11.10 or 12.04, since I guess my upgrade is overdue)? Thanks....

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    Re: Bluetooth setup problem

    So Bluez has been broken (or undocumented to the point no one knows how to use it) since August 2010? & that's just the way things go?

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    Re: Bluetooth setup problem

    I've been using bluetooth in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 10.10, and 11.04 for months, even years routinely - with internal bluetooth as well as USB bluetooth dongles. I tether my cell phone to get my laptop on the internet with it. I connect bluetooth mice and headsets. I've never had to do anything to make it work - it has been pretty automatic. Never had to install any packages. It's much simpler to use than Windows for sure.

    I've also at least tested it with later versions of Ubuntu - even if I haven't used it extensively. But it seems like the same kind of built-in support.

    I can't speak for Xubuntu - maybe that's part of the problem you're having? Have you booted a regular Ubuntu live CD to see if it can pick up your bluetooth hardware, at least?

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    Re: Bluetooth setup problem

    Well, that's good to know, thanks

    There's actually no problem with hardware recognition AFAICT:

    Code:
    onebir@dell640m:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 413c:8103 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 350 Bluetooth
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode) # Same manufacturer as thinkpenguins'...
    onebir@dell640m:~$ hcitool dev
    Devices:
    	hci0	00:16:41:57:F5:55 # built-in one
    	hci1	00:1F:81:00:08:30 # USB one
    The problems arise when I try to do anything with it with bluez:
    Code:
    onebir@dell640m:~$ sudo bluez-simple-agent hci1 00:16:41:57:F5:55
    Creating device failed: org.bluez.Error.ConnectionAttemptFailed: Page Timeout
    I think I had a similar problem when I tried with the Blueman GUI (it was a couple of weeks ago).

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    Re: Bluetooth setup problem

    bluez-simple-agent also looks broken in Xubuntu 12.04; I tried it on a T91 netbook with an internal adapter (not how to find out the make; lsusb, lspci & lshw don't give me anything bluetooth-related) & the same $2 dongle used earlier.

    Code:
    onebir@T91:~$ lsb_release -rd
    Description:	Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
    Release:	12.04
    onebir@T91:~$ apt-cache show bluez python-gobject python-dbus | egrep "Package|Version"
    Package: bluez
    Version: 4.98-2ubuntu7
    Package: python-gobject
    Version: 3.2.2-1~precise
    Package: python-gobject
    Version: 3.2.0-3
    Package: python-dbus
    Version: 1.0.0-1ubuntu1
    
    #Trying inbulit card - not sure of hardware
    onebir@T91:~$ hcitool dev
    Devices:
            hci0 00:25:D3:A4:4A:A7
    onebir@T91:~$ hcitool scan
    Scanning ...
    onebir@T91:~$ sudo bluez-simple-agent hci 00:25:D3:A4:4A:A7
    [sudo] password for bir:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/usr/bin/bluez-simple-agent", line 102, in <module>
        path = manager.FindAdapter(args[0])
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dbus/proxies.py", line 70, in __call__
        return self._proxy_method(*args, **keywords)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dbus/proxies.py", line 145, in __call__
        **keywords)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dbus/connection.py", line 651, in call_blocking
        message, timeout)
    dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.bluez.Error.NoSuchAdapter: No such adapter
    
    # Plug in USB Bluetooth dongle as used in *
    onebir@T91:~$ hcitool dev
    Devices:
            hci0 00:25:D3:A4:4A:A7
            hci1 00:1F:81:00:08:30
    onebir@T91:~$ sudo bluez-simple-agent hci 00:1F:81:00:08:30
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/usr/bin/bluez-simple-agent", line 102, in <module>
        path = manager.FindAdapter(args[0])
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dbus/proxies.py", line 70, in __call__
        return self._proxy_method(*args, **keywords)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dbus/proxies.py", line 145, in __call__
        **keywords)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dbus/connection.py", line 651, in call_blocking
        message, timeout)
    dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.bluez.Error.NoSuchAdapter: No such adapter
    Is it just me, or is Bluetooth resoundingly broken in the last few releases of (X)ubuntu?

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    Re: Bluetooth setup problem

    Same problem occurs on Dell Inspiron 640m with Xubuntu 12.04 running from live USB, once again with both inbuilt Bluetooth & USB dongle:
    Code:
    xubuntu@xubuntu:~$ apt-cache show bluez python-gobject python-dbus | egrep "Package|Version"
    Package: bluez
    Version: 4.98-2ubuntu7
    Package: python-gobject
    Version: 3.2.2-1~precise
    Package: python-gobject
    Version: 3.2.0-3
    Package: python-dbus
    Version: 1.0.0-1ubuntu1
    xubuntu@xubuntu:~$ hcitool dev
    Devices:
    	hci0	00:16:41:57:F5:55
    	hci1	00:1F:81:00:08:30
    xubuntu@xubuntu:~$ lsusb
    ...snip...
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 413c:8103 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 350 Bluetooth
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
    xubuntu@xubuntu:~$ sudo bluez-simple-agent hci0 00:16:41:57:F5:55
    Creating device failed: org.bluez.Error.ConnectionAttemptFailed: Page Timeout
    xubuntu@xubuntu:~$ sudo bluez-simple-agent hci1 00:1F:81:00:08:30
    
    Creating device failed: org.bluez.Error.ConnectionAttemptFailed: Page Timeout

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    Re: Bluetooth setup problem

    To summarise, I've now tried to use bluez-simple-agent with the six following combinations hardware & Ubuntu versions:

    - Dell 640m, (builtin) Dell Wireless 350 BT chip, Xubuntu 11.10
    - Dell 640m, USB Cambridge Silicon Radio BT chip, Xubuntu 11.10
    - Dell 640m, (builtin) Dell Wireless 350 BT chip, Xubuntu 12.04
    - Dell 640m, USB Cambridge Silicon Radio BT chip, Xubuntu 12.04
    - Asus T91m, builtin BT chip, Xubuntu 12.04
    - Asus T91m, USB Cambridge Silicon Radio BT chip, Xubuntu 12.04

    None of these has worked and this thread has only had one reply. I've also raised a couple of bug reports, these haven't had any replies.

    Does anyone have any suggestions about how I might proceed? (I haven't tried vanilla Ubuntu, for example. Is it possible there are some Xubuntu-only Bluetooth bugs?)

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    Re: Bluetooth setup problem

    I'm having this issue with my Xubuntu. Currently using 13.04 x64. I can't get Bluetooth to work since........ forever.

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    Re: Bluetooth setup problem

    @onebir
    Probably not of much help. But some information which may be helpfull. I did not have any problem with the blueZ 4.98 which came along with ubuntu 12.04. The BT pairing worked fine. But this was all throught he GUI. To see how the BlueZ works, I uninstalled the default version and built 4.101 which is the latest of 4 series. Guess what I couldnt pair with any BT devices anymore, and I am using bluez-simple-agent!

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