I've just installed the latest version of mint (version 8?) on an Acer Travelmate 3200 laptop. I'm running gnome and have updated all the software. I can't get anywhere with bluetooth. There's an on / off button on the front that doesn't respond (although the wireless network one next to it works fine).
Running bluetooth properties (menu -> preferences -> bluetooth manager) brings up 'no bluetooth adaptors present'.
The output from
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dmesg | grep -i blue
[ 0.328065] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.15
[ 0.328097] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[ 0.328100] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[ 5.763726] Bluetooth: L2CAP ver 2.13
[ 5.763729] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[ 5.763732] Bluetooth: SCO (Voice Link) ver 0.6
[ 5.763734] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[ 5.763766] Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
[ 5.763769] Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
[ 5.763772] Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11
and bluetooth has worked under Fedora (I think it was FC10).
The blue led of the bluetooth button lights up at boot but goes off early in the boot process (possibly before grub).
I've had a look in the bios but there doesn't seem to be any option to default bluetooth to on or off.
I've had a look in /proc/ but I can't see anywhere that I can contrl the bluetooth button from the cli, although I've found references to doing this and to the acerhk kernel module. Unfortunately the module doesn't seem to be available and the subdirectories in /proc/ that I've found references to don't exist either.
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Device is not available: No such device
As far as I can tell this is an issue with the control of the hardware. Do I need to look into acpi support? If anyone can suggest how I can get bluetooth working I'd be very grateful