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Old 03-25-2016, 12:11 PM   #1
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Is there a Linux Distro that supports a Bluetooth Dongle out of the box?
 
Old 03-25-2016, 01:12 PM   #2
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Yes, very many of them. What dongles and distributions have you tried?
 
Old 03-25-2016, 03:06 PM   #3
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Yes. Instead of replying, very many of them. why not list some. I have tried 7 that don't work.
 
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Yes. Instead of replying, very many of them. why not list some. I have tried 7 that don't work.
How instead of getting snippy, YOU list the dongle you're trying to use, as you were asked. As with other hardware support in Linux, it's the hardware you're trying to use that matters, not the distro you're trying to use it with.

If a dongle works out of the box in one distro, it will likely work out of the box in almost all of them.
Similarly, if a dongle does not work out of the box in a handful of distros, there's a good chance it won't work out of the box in any of them.

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Old 03-25-2016, 03:39 PM   #5
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Yes. Instead of replying, very many of them. why not list some. I have tried 7 that don't work.
My first instinct was to post Welcome to LQ as a reference as to how to ask a more effective question.

Please understand that people have no idea all the details about your question. You just now included this detail about having tried 7 of them.

What I can tell you are that Bluetooth dongles are largely like WIFI dongles, in that there are very many of them; however they largely will have one of the most popular chips from certain manufacturers which manufacture the chips.

As suicidaleggroll points out, and I'll add to it. There are a variety of factors. The system you have for starters, and it would be good to know whether or not you have something like an IBM XT or a current day machine. Or if you're experimenting with one of the very many hobbyist boards. Next would be the operating system, be that Linux, Windows, MAC. Likely Linux since you're here, however you may be running a 10 year old distribution or something, so the distribution name and version would be helpful. And then the dongle manufacturer and model would be the final piece.

Chances are that if the computer is relatively new and the Linux distribution is a "regular" or "common" one, not something very limited or a situation where you built the kernel by yourself, then likely it will support the dongle and maybe what you are having trouble with is determining that it is detected/working, but just don't know how to employ use of it in your particular system.
 
Old 03-25-2016, 08:46 PM   #6
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Mine works

Code:
$ lsusb
<snip>
Bus 006 Device 002: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
<snip>
Code:
$ lsusb -t
<snip>
/:  Bus 06.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=uhci_hcd/2p, 12M
    |__ Port 1: Dev 2, If 0, Class=Wireless, Driver=btusb, 12M
    |__ Port 1: Dev 2, If 1, Class=Wireless, Driver=btusb, 12M
<snip>
But it took some skill to get my External Skull Candy Soundmine bluetooth speaker to work with it.

More effort I think than you are willing to expend. So listen to the previous replies if really interested in getting yours to work.

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Old 03-26-2016, 07:06 PM   #7
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Thank you. I guess I really did not state the question properly. Most Linux Distros will recognize the bluetooth adapter. The problem has been getting the system to recognize the Bluetooth Headset once connected. When I go to the pavu control, it doesn't show up. Finally I found Manjaro. After I sync my headset, it shows up in the pavu control as a choice and I can choose that to be the playback device.
 
  


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