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Thread: Fresh 19.04 Ubuntu Studio install - [FIXED]bluez.dbus.error & [FIXED]Volume Key broke

  1. #1
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    Apr 2019

    Fresh 19.04 Ubuntu Studio install - [FIXED]bluez.dbus.error & [FIXED]Volume Key broke

    After a fresh install of 19.04 I find two issues which were not present on my 18.04 install of Ubuntu Studio.

    Firstly the Volume Keys (Mute, Up, Down - Fn+F1,2,3) on my Thinkpad X250 no longer control the audio volume. (Other keys such kill-networking & brightness keys work fine). After much searching I found a workaround involving xfce4-volumed. If I kill xfce4-volumed and then start it up again my keys are working. Perhaps somebody can offer a better solution so I can fix the problem? I am not sure why the initial auto-started instance fails to map the keys and the second manually started instance is successful - both are owned by my user.

    note: On 18.04 I added the ubuntu-studio 18.04 backports ppa and the software updater install packages that were being held back by apt-get. This broke the volume controls on 18.04. I just did a ppa-purge and it reverted to working condition. This might be relevant?

    The second issue is when I attempt to connect to my Denon Bluetooth Speaker I get the error
    Connection Failed blueman.bluez.errors.DBusFailedError:Host is down.
    or (more commonly I think)
    Connection Failed blueman.bluez.errors.DBusFailedError:Resource Temporarily Unavailable

    The speaker does appear to connect briefly then lose the connection as if it fails to be connected to pulse audio after connecting to the adapter.
    This is shown when using bluetoothctl

    [bluetooth]# scan on
    Discovery started
    [bluetooth]# pairXX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
    Attempting to pair with XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
    [CHG] Device XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX Connected: yes
    [CHG] Device XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX ServicesResolved: yes
    [CHG] Device XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX Paired: yes
    Pairing successful
    [CHG] Device XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX ServicesResolved: no
    [CHG] Device XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX Connected: no

    The issue of DBusFailedError seems from searches to be ongoing and unsolved. I can only get connected if I delete the device from the bluetooth manager and sudo service bluetooth restart and then pair the speaker and connect. This usually works (not always) but is not a sustainable workaround since my speaker powers off after about 10 minutes silence and then I cant reconnect!

    For reference

    Any advice on fixes or avenues of investigation appreciated.
    Last edited by joebuntu99; May 7th, 2019 at 12:38 AM.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2019

    Re: Fresh 19.04 Ubuntu Studio install - bluez.dbus.error & Volume Key Control broken

    I have the same two issues when I boot ubuntu studio live from the install usb stick

    The volume issue seems to have cleared up and the volume keys are being correctly mapped at login.
    Last edited by joebuntu99; May 2nd, 2019 at 11:17 PM.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2019

    Re: Fresh 19.04 Ubuntu Studio install - [FIXED]bluez.dbus.error & [FIXED]Volume Key b

    I solved my bluetooth issue by copying the /var/lib/bluetooth directory from my old install to my new one. It appears to behave as before now.

  4. #4
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    Mar 2014

    Re: Fresh 19.04 Ubuntu Studio install - [FIXED]bluez.dbus.error & [FIXED]Volume Key b

    I just discovered the ppa-ubuntustudio and applied it to my installation of 18.04. The most noticeable effect (apart from the whole new set of icons) was that my logitech keyboard's volume buttons (mute, up and down) were killed.

    I tried your workaround of killing 'xfce4-volumed' and restarting it. This works for me, thanks.

    I'll live with that until something better comes up.

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