Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.


Search this Thread
Old 10-30-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
Registered: Oct 2009
Posts: 51

Rep: Reputation: 9
Has anyone got Bluetooth headset to work under Slackware 14

I am trying to get my bluetooth (Motorola H375) headset to work under Slackware 14 (64 bit) on my thinkpad w530.

I run xfce and the bluetooth device manager that comes with xfce.

I can pair the headset with the adapter.
hcitool ouput shows:-

root=>hcitool con
	> ACL 00:0B:2E:57:C9:EC handle 12 state 1 lm MASTER AUTH ENCRYPT
aplay -L shows

root=>aplay -L
    Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)
    BT Headset
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC269VC Analog
    Default Audio Device
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC269VC Analog
    Default Audio Device
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC269VC Analog
    Front speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC269VC Analog
    4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC269VC Analog
    4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC269VC Analog
    5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC269VC Analog
    5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC269VC Analog
    7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers
and my /etc/asound.conf is:-
pcm.btheadset {
    type plug
    slave {
        pcm {
            type bluetooth
            device 00:0B:2E:57:C9:EC
            profile "auto"

    hint {
        show on
        description "BT Headset"

ctl.btheadset {
  type bluetooth
If I try to play a tune e.g

aplay -D btheadset <some random mp3 file>

all I get is a high-pitched hum through the headset.

if I try to switch the headset to slave role using hcitool I get:-

root=>hcitool sr 00:0B:2E:57:C9:EC s
Switch role request failed: Input/output error
So can anyone give me a hint as to what is wrong .. I am obviously part way there in that I can successfuly connect to my headset but I cannot work out what else needs to happen to get a successful connection.

I must add that this headset used to work fine under 13.37 (32 bit) on my old t61.

It exhibits the same (broken) behaviour under Slackware 14 (64 bit)on the t61.


pete hilton
Old 10-30-2012, 04:59 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,014

Rep: Reputation: 147Reputation: 147
My "/etc/asound.conf" is
@hooks [
                func load
                files [
                errors false
Old 10-30-2012, 05:40 AM   #3
Registered: Aug 2012
Location: Ryomgård, Danmark
Distribution: Slackware64
Posts: 94

Rep: Reputation: 58
If I try to play a tune e.g

aplay -D btheadset <some random mp3 file>

all I get is a high-pitched hum through the headset.
aplay on my system (slackware 12.2.0) does not play mp3
try with some .wav file

Last edited by ml4711; 10-30-2012 at 05:45 AM.
Old 11-04-2012, 01:44 AM   #4
Registered: Nov 2006
Posts: 42

Rep: Reputation: 4
Does anyone have any more in depth info on this?

Did you have to do anything else to get it to work?

I'm getting the same trouble with only a horrid noise coming out of my headset. Using both methods listed above.


I believe I've found the issue. The headset is meant for voice only so it can only send/recieve at 8000 Hz. Anything higher results in that awful noise spewing through the headset. Try this:

For reference all I needed to do was add the commented section from /etc/alsa/bluetooth.conf into /etc/asound.conf , I did not need to edit bluetooth.conf
I use blueman-manager to pair and connect to my headset.

Make sure Enable=Socket is set in /etc/bluetooth/audio.conf

in a console do

arecord -D bluetooth test.wav and sing into the headset mic. It should default to 8000Hz but you can set -r 8000 if you want.

aplay -D bluetooth test.wav and you should hear your wonderful singing.

I hope that solves it for you, however disappointing. To get better quality audio you'd need a non-phone headset.

Last edited by thegato; 11-07-2012 at 12:56 AM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bluetooth headset problems ninja master Linux - Hardware 2 10-03-2012 07:43 PM
Bluetooth headset, Alsa - no soundcard in /proc/asound/cards (but headset works) simopal6 Linux - Hardware 1 04-29-2009 10:07 AM
Bluetooth Headset wdowning Linux - Hardware 1 02-23-2009 12:30 PM
Bluetooth headset as DVD? minchina Linux - Hardware 1 09-29-2006 12:33 PM
Bluetooth headset patthew Linux - Hardware 1 06-14-2005 08:17 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:53 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration