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  1. #1
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    Bluetooth on dell studio 17 does not work

    Hey

    I installed Ubuntu on my new awesome laptop.
    I got everything up and running but I am really stuck with the bluetooth device.

    I can see the bluetooth icon, and when I get into "preferences" it says that "bluetooth is diables".
    I click on the BIG BUTTTON "Turn On Bluetooth" and the button become disabled, and... thats it. nothing else happen even after 20 minutes.

    here is my ifconfig output:

    Code:
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:26:b9:d2:5f:89  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
              Interrupt:36 
    
    eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 78:e4:00:bf:b4:9e  
              inet addr:192.168.1.3  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::7ae4:ff:febf:b49e/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1492  Metric:1
              RX packets:76956 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:95331
              TX packets:55894 errors:6 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:107648552 (107.6 MB)  TX bytes:5636133 (5.6 MB)
              Interrupt:17 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:28 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:28 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:1936 (1.9 KB)  TX bytes:1936 (1.9 KB)
    Help anyone???

  2. #2
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    Re: Bluetooth on dell studio 17 does not work

    For the sake of future generation, here is what happened.

    I have dual-boot with windows 7, now, I noticed that when I disable my bluetooth in windows, I cannot enable it in ubuntu.

    So if I want to use bluetooth in ubuntu, I have to enable it in windows first, and than boot to ubuntu.

  3. #3
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    Re: Bluetooth on dell studio 17 does not work

    Thanks for taking the time to post your solution, looks like that was the same thing that was happening to me, I just spent 20 minutes loading and reloading the bluetooth module, grep'ing around /etc/init.d to make sure I hadn't changed anything myself >.<

    Windows can affect a lot of low-level stuff like that, I had a similar problem with a friend's laptop trying to enable the Quick-whatever its called BIOS which was really neat and let you check email, chat and browse the web from a BIOS program (linux based of course ). I enabled the option in BIOS and rebooted 100 times but it wasn't until I installed a special program and enabled it in Windows that I got it to work.

    If all else fails, enable it in Windows!
    Can't sleep.....must....compile......kernel.........

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