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Cannot Remove Bluetooth Device

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:09 am
by creekblue
Hi,

I paired an Air-Fi Venture stereo headset to LinuxMint 18 Cinnamon, newly installed on a Lenovo Thinkpad T410. It paired and worked, until the laptop went into suspend. I removed it, and did a re-pair, and then no sound (even though Mint listed it fine in audio output, etc). I removed again, and re-paired. Still no audio. This time I re-started the computer, but now Mint won't allow me to remove it from the device list, and I've shut down/restarted many times. I've manually restarted the "service" via command line with "sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart" but nada. I can't remove the headset from the device list, re-pair, nothing. How can I force this to work again?

Re: Cannot Remove Bluetooth Device

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:54 am
by JeremyB
Try using terminal to unpair the headphones

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bluetoothctl
Will bring up the bluetooth control and should list the MAC and names of the bluetooth controller and devices you have paired with. Use

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remove 
followed by the MAC address and see if it can be removed that way. Use CTRL + d to quit bluetoothctl

Re: Cannot Remove Bluetooth Device

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:40 am
by creekblue
JeremyB, thank you!!! That did the trick, first try. I'll see if I can set up the headphones one more time, and then try another set of headphones I have.

Re: Cannot Remove Bluetooth Device

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:14 am
by prashantsays
Can't dissconnect using the terminal also, it says
Failed to remove device: org.blue.Error.NotReady

Re: Cannot Remove Bluetooth Device

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:12 am
by Ghost Zim
Hi this worked for me

root@edison:~# rfkill unblock bluetooth
root@edison:~# bluetoothctl
[bluetooth]# agent KeyboardDisplay
[bluetooth]# default-agent
[bluetooth]# scan on
[bluetooth]# scan off
[bluetooth]# pair <device>

got it from https://communities.intel.com/thread/62848

:D

Re: Cannot Remove Bluetooth Device

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:43 pm
by jjmk
The solution worked for me but it doesn't keep. I'm not sure what might cause my settings to get corrupted? I noticed that the bluetooth gui in LM 18.3 didn't even have the name of my host laptop device (was blank) even though I named it before. Last time I used it, it connected just fine to my phone this time it would not connect and I had to go through all these steps. Wonder what I can do to make this more stable? I am connecting a Nexus 5x Android phone.

Re: Cannot Remove Bluetooth Device

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:55 pm
by baj
JeremyB wrote:
Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:54 am
Try using terminal to unpair the headphones

Code: Select all

bluetoothctl
Will bring up the bluetooth control and should list the MAC and names of the bluetooth controller and devices you have paired with. Use

Code: Select all

remove 
followed by the MAC address and see if it can be removed that way. Use CTRL + d to quit bluetoothctl
This worked for me with the same issue in Mint v19.3, thanks! I had paired the wireless BT headset I use for my phone to my laptop so I could hear my laptop audio in a very noisy environment at work. Unfortunately it auto re-paired to my laptop every time I flipped the boom open even though the BT GUI would let me remove it, it would find it and reconnect again on it's own.