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  1. #11
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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Why do I get the following response from search

    jack@jack-desktop:~$ sudo hidd --search
    Searching ...
    Connecting to device 00:0A:95:3B:56:75
    HID create error 14 (Bad address)

    With bluez-utills installed I get this type of response from both my Apple Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse. If I de-install it the keyboard is visable from boot. I want both mouse and keyboard. I have not been able tomake that work. All I can get is keyboard but only without using bluez-utils. This is with the 6.10 DVD installed.

    Any ideas of what I can try? I have been reading posts for weeks and found nothing that works. My system is a Dual 2Gz G5 Power Mac.

  2. #12
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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Finally I got time to comment on your replies:

    1. Some people had trouble getting automatic reconnect to work. In my first version of this howto, I forgot to tell you to enable HID-support by default. I edited my howto in this regard. Check the updated version! Hopefully this solves these tedious reconnect problems.
    2. Someone suggested removing the package "bluez-utils". Since this package provides the very basic linux bluetooth support, it didn't make any sense to me at first. Without bluez-utils, nothing should work at all!

      I just realized that anyone who had success removing "bluez-utils" might not actually be using a standard bluetooth dongle, but some kind of HID-proxy bluetooth device (don't know how you call it actually). I also used to have such a device as it came with my Logitech MX900 mouse. This device connects to the PC via USB and acts as a standard USB mouse. In this case, the mouse is not paired directly with the PC, but with this proxy base station.

      Try running "hcitool dev" (from "bluez-utils") to determine if you have a real bluetooth dongle or just some kind of proxy device. This command should output something like the following if you have a real bluetooth dongle:

      Code:
      user@ubuntu:~$ hcitool dev
      Devices:
              hci0    BD_ADDR
      user@ubuntu:~$
      The device list will be empty if you use a proxy device.

      Maybe someone who had success removing "bluez-utils" can comment on this?
    3. Someone had a problem getting "permission denied" errors. You might try resetting your bluetooth subsystem by removing /var/lib/bluetooth/*.

      Warning: this will remove all bluetooth pairings!

      Code:
      user@ubuntu:~$ sudo rm -rf /var/lib/bluetooth/*
      You should now follow the howto from the beginning to see if you're lucky this time...


    Have some luck!
    Last edited by naag; April 2nd, 2007 at 07:26 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Hmmm, I tried what you said (resetting the bluetooth subsystem) but it didn't work.

    I've actually just freshly installed Feisty, and it doesn't work. I still get the "Can't get device information: Permission denied" message when trying to connect to the device (the final step).

    Any ideas what it could be? Is it the keyboard, maybe my dongle (it's a D-Link DBT-120). It all worked before in Edgy, then for some reason has stopped working and won't let me access the device.
    Last edited by Bealer; April 26th, 2007 at 11:20 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Ok weird. It's working now.

    I moved the dongle about and rebooted a few times. It's currently back in the usb port it was in before. Now though, the Bluetooth Manager is showing along the task bar. When I connected and entered a pin, a popup message appeared from it, and I was able to pair the keyboard.

    Any idea why the Bluetooth Manager wasn't properly showing? Ah well, not exactly a solution but it seems to have worked.

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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Is anyone here dual booting? If so are you choosing your os via the alt/option key or via X L C. I would like to use the latter as it auto boots linux but beggers cant be choosers.

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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    i am having a slightly similar problem that may fall under the category of this post. I am attempting to pair my motorola v3xx RAZR to my Fiesty Fawn in high hopes of using it as an internet connection.

    i know that i can use the phone as an internet connection because i have zero problems doing that now with a USB cable. while the USB cable has its perks, it's still a cable and i like to be free and unbounded at times, which is why i am so set on getting this Bluetooth connection (pairing) to work.

    • i can scan for devices and receive the 'bdaddr' or what looks to be a MAC address and the name of my phone.
      Code:
      hachenbeak@Warsteiner:~$ hcitool scan
      Scanning ...
              00:1B:52:CF:D8:5E       Aaron's Phone
    • when i enter
      Code:
      hachenbeak@Warsteiner:~$ hidd --connect 00:1B:52:CF:D8:5E
      the blue light flashes on my phone for a moment and then i receive
      Code:
      Can't get device information: Success
    • My /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf looks like:
      Code:
      root@Warsteiner:/home/hachenbeak# more /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf 
      #
      # HCI daemon configuration file.
      #
      
      # HCId options
      options {
              # Automatically initialize new devices
              autoinit yes;
      
              # Security Manager mode
              #   none - Security manager disabled
              #   auto - Use local PIN for incoming connections
              #   user - Always ask user for a PIN
              #
              security auto;
      
              # Pairing mode
              #   none  - Pairing disabled
              #   multi - Allow pairing with already paired devices
              #   once  - Pair once and deny successive attempts
              pairing multi;
      
              # Default PIN code for incoming connections
              passkey "1234";
      }
      
      # Default settings for HCI devices
      device {
              # Local device name
              #   %d - device id
              #   %h - host name
              name "%h-%d";
      
              # Local device class
              class 0x3e0100;
      
              # Default packet type
              #pkt_type DH1,DM1,HV1;
      
              # Inquiry and Page scan
              iscan enable; pscan enable;
              discovto 0;
      
              # Default link mode
              #   none   - no specific policy 
              #   accept - always accept incoming connections
              #   master - become master on incoming connections,
              #            deny role switch on outgoing connections
              lm accept;
      
              # Default link policy
              #   none    - no specific policy
              #   rswitch - allow role switch
              #   hold    - allow hold mode
              #   sniff   - allow sniff mode
              #   park    - allow park mode
              lp rswitch,hold,sniff,park;
      }
      device 00:1B:52:CF:D8:5E {
          name "Aaron's Phone";
          auth enable;
          encrypt enable;
      }
      root@Warsteiner:/home/hachenbeak#


    help!

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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Some people had trouble getting automatic reconnect to work. In my first version of this howto, I forgot to tell you to enable HID-support by default. I edited my howto in this regard. Check the updated version! Hopefully this solves these tedious reconnect problems..
    Okay, but I think you got it backwards.

    Change "HIDD_ENABLED=1" to "HIDD_ENABLED=0". Take care that using this how-to you do not need any "--connect BD_ADDR" parameters to hidd. So you can remove them from HIDD_OPTIONS. "HIDD_OPTIONS='--master --server'" is just fine.
    My Bluetooth connections were not sticky after reboot until I set

    HIDD_ENABLED=1

    Still couldn't have made it work without ya', naag!

    Thanks,

    -Cal

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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Hey, thanks for the great guide. It worked pretty much "as advertised," however I was never asked for a pin ... strange. Does that mean whatever I'm typing someone else might be viewing?

    So ... is there any safeguard for the security of this?

    Oh, and one other thing. I noticed that the number pad of my Apple Keyboard doesn't seem to be working. Any hints?

    Thanks,
    bash

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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Thanks for the info. I used this to pair my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse!
    Last edited by twocargar; August 26th, 2007 at 06:49 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth)

    Quote Originally Posted by zman14321 View Post
    Thanks morphet!
    Removing the bluez utils mad both the keyboard and mouse pair instantaneously
    What an easy fix!

    zman
    Same here [mouse anyway, i don't have a bluetooth keyboard]. I makes me wonder why it was even part of the installation when the system works better without it.

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