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Old 07-14-2005, 01:52 PM   #1
lmcilwain
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Enable and Manage Bluetooth Devices


Hello all,

I am trying to get my bluetooth mouse to work on my laptop running FC4 but I don't seem to see the software (Bluetooth File Sharing and Bluetooth Manager)used to connect my device. From what I understand, they would be in the System Tools menu.

I checked my services and saw that bluetooth is running

hcid (pid 2618) is running...
sdpd (pid 2620) is running...

But I just don't see the software utilities. I looked in the add/remove programs to see if these were even an option but I couldn't find them in there either. Is there a way that I can tell if they are on my machine at all? and if it isn't is there a way that I can install them?

Thanks,
 
Old 07-15-2005, 02:28 PM   #2
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Well I have just done some of the work and here is how I have my BlueTake BT500 working with a Dell D810.

First you have to find the mouse so do the following:

1) check if you have the Bluetooth tools installed do:
- which hcitool

If you have found hcitool then great if now you may need to search your disk for it. It is normally installed in /usr/bin.

2) Now that you have the hcitool you can do the following:
- hcitool -scan
- power up your mouse and hit the reset/pairing button.

hcitool should return something like:
Scanning ...
<HEX Device ID> Description

Now you know your mouse if found, if not then more debugging is necessary and a search for Bluetooth mouse will take you to several good sources.

3) With your mouse found do the following (as root):
o hidd --server
o hidd --connect <HEX Device ID>
o hit the reset/pairing button on the mouse.

For me that is all it took, you may need to make changes to the X11 Config files to get yours working, but mine worked after these steps.

Problems:
I cannot get the bluetooth mouse to work on boot-up. A suggestion was made to add the hidd --connect into the rc.local and then hit the pairing key during bootup.
Sometimes I loose connection and must redue the hidd connect feature. This must be done as root, but I plan to add it to sudo.

Good Luck
 
Old 07-20-2005, 12:08 PM   #3
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Well I followed those directions as stated:
[root@Whistler ~]# hcitool scan
Scanning ...
00:50:F2:E2:A5:A2 n/a
[root@Whistler ~]# hidd server
[root@Whistler ~]# hidd connect 00:50:F2:E2:A5:A2

and I was still not able to get my mouse working. I also tried doing this in the bluetooth manager and it discovers my mouse but I can't double click no it or right click on it or get to the poperties of it to try and connect it. If I need to edit the X11 files is that wise to do? and if its ok what files might I need to take a look at.
 
Old 07-20-2005, 12:40 PM   #4
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I noticed another thread about bluetooth mouses and the need to add entries into the X11 configuration files. I didn't have to do this so I don't have the instructions handy. A quick google should get you the the correct sources.

Good Luck...
 
Old 07-22-2005, 11:24 AM   #5
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Please see thread in the Hardware Forum look for "connect bluetooth mouse auto..."

I am doing this and it works great.

Good Luck...
 
Old 07-22-2005, 11:33 AM   #6
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I tried my search in that form and it said nothing existed. I can't be that dense can I ? I will keep searching.
 
Old 07-22-2005, 12:30 PM   #7
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There was a post to the hardware forum today look for

"connect bluetooth mouse automatically"

Good Luck...
 
Old 07-22-2005, 01:05 PM   #8
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OK I found it by looking on that first page manually. I posted my stuff there along with some log stuff, so I will see what they have to say about it. Thanks for the pointer.
 
Old 07-25-2005, 08:17 AM   #9
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My -- was not in front of my command option. Instead of hidd --search I had hidd search. Funny enough that it doesn't complain about not having them and I originally left them off because I got an error when I tried to use them (so I recall). In any case you were right and the directions you followed which are the same you suggested to me work fine.
 
  


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