How to turn Bluetooth device connection switch to "on"

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How to turn Bluetooth device connection switch to "on"

Post by moze229 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:13 pm

Hell all,

I can pair my Microsoft Designer keyboard and mouse perfectly in 17.2. I can even type the pin required into the keyboard to pair. But as soon as they "connect", they aren't connected anymore. Clicking on the device in the Bluetooth manager shows a greyed out "Connection" switch associated with the device, which is off. How do I turn it on? With it being detected and pairing so easily, it seems that it would be something simple to get these devices to work. Thanks.

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Re: How to turn Bluetooth device connection switch to "on"

Post by lord-cronos » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:02 am

Hello !

I am in the same situation as you, I just installed Linux Mint to turn windows 10 on an Eee Book and it detects my speaker and my PC fixed but not the microsoft mouse.
Can you help us ?

I tried things like this:

https://askubuntu.com/questions/646433/ ... -14-04-lts

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Re: How to turn Bluetooth device connection switch to "on"

Post by moze229 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:56 pm

Upon further research, it appears to be an issue with Bluez. We need Bluez 5 in order for these BT items to work. As of the latest release of Ubuntu, as far as I can tell, it's still not working. My research indicates that Fedora and Debian (I think) are the only two Linux packages that have this driver installing and operating properly. I guess it's just not a priority.

I ran into a couple of pages that leads users through some terminal gymnastics that gets the devices to work, but they often disconnect arbitrarily, cause system errors, or cause the whole OS needing to be reinstalled. I think I'll just wait for the update.

Is there anyway to find out where they are with this? I'm not trying to be pushy, but I'm just genuinely curious as to the status of developing a working Bluez 5 for Ubuntu.

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Re: How to turn Bluetooth device connection switch to "on"

Post by meetloaf » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:59 pm

Had similar problems on LM 18.2, and I have found this to be of help:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/694503/ ... 616#935616

Also, see comment #28 on the link below:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... ug/1510570

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Re: How to turn Bluetooth device connection switch to "on"

Post by moze229 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:39 pm

meetloaf wrote:Had similar problems on LM 18.2, and I have found this to be of help:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/694503/ ... 616#935616

Also, see comment #28 on the link below:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... ug/1510570
Thanks. It looks like at least it was being looked at at one point. Still seems like it kinda fell through the cracks again. The last post was from May of this year, and there hasn't been any further discussion on it. I've searched far and wide all over and while it is a known problem, there aren't any real official fixes. We'll probably have to get into a lot more devices that operate in the "power saving" mode (aka - when everyone's peripherals stop working) until there is a real fix. As it appears from the discussion, it's likely something that a Mint developer could easily fix and create an update for if they had a designer mouse and keyboard in front of them.

I may go back to that thread at some point and give it a try. From what it says, the mouse will work with manipulating the config files alone, but the keyboard will only work if Bluez is updated to 5 something. This is the part that makes me nervous. There are many reports of people doing this with catastrophic results. I may elect to wait.

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Re: How to turn Bluetooth device connection switch to "on"

Post by Linux_Lobo » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:00 pm

Hi Maze 229,

Did you solve the Microsoft Designer Mouse issue? I have a similar issue with Mint 18.3 installed and haven't been able to get a connection at all with the mouse (not visible in Bluetooth devices to connect).

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