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    Bluetooth is disabled and won't turn on

    I've done a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a gazp9 and added the system76 drivers. Both before and after adding the drivers bluetooth is marked as disabled and there seems no way to turn it on. If I go to System Settings -> Bluetooth -> On, the message in the window still says that bluetooth is disabled. I can also turn airplane mode on and off but that only seems to affect the wireless not bluetooth.

    How do I enable bluetooth in 14.04 LTS?

    Previously, when the system was based on Lubuntu 14.04 with the package Ubuntu-desktop added, bluetooth was available with no extra action needed.

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    Re: Bluetooth is disabled and won't turn on

    What does rfkill list show?

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    rfkill

    Thanks! It said

    Code:
    2: hci0: Bluetooth
    	Soft blocked: yes
    	Hard blocked: no
    So unblocking it made it show up.

    Code:
    sudo rfkill unblock bluetooth
    I'll have to see if that survives a reboot. Funny that was not necessary before with other installs on the same hardware.

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    Re: rfkill

    Glad it worked!

    I have to enable wifi from time to time too on my C720. I thought that was due to my mostly wired ethernet use. I've never gotten a general BT connection to work with this machine.

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    Re: Bluetooth is disabled and won't turn on

    Thank you! this was showing up intermitently, usually after i had the BT headphones connected and then off. solved it for me

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