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Old 01-28-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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BlueZ <= 3.36 and Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS not compatible with new USB bluetooth adapter?

Hello all, I'm trying to use the Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter with Ubuntu 8.04.3 and I'm not having good luck. A user who reviewed the product said it worked with Ubuntu 12.04 out of the box so I'm wondering if my software is just too out-of-date.

I'm running a custom Linux and I configured it for BlueTooth support (HCI USB driver was all that I needed to enable ) and installed the new kernel, but it just doesn't seem to handle the device right when I plug it in...

dmesg seems to confirm that I did in fact enable support in the kernel

[ 64.350069] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.15
[ 64.350121] NET: Registered protocol family 31
[ 64.350123] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[ 64.350126] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[ 64.434582] Bluetooth: L2CAP ver 2.13
[ 64.434584] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[ 64.613030] Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
[ 64.613037] Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
[ 64.613038] Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11
This is the message I get when I plug it in

[ 4193.300293] usb 1-1.3: new full speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 8
[ 4193.411891] usb 1-1.3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice

I installed the bluez utilities and library files from the apt repositories as well as "blueman" (gnome bluetooth manager) but neither see the device. I also downloaded and installed bluez 3.36 (newest I could install) but this had no difference.

I did try compiling/installing bluez 4 but had some compiling errors so want to know if I'm working in the right direction before I really try to tackle that.

Is there anything else that I'm not aware of which I should be checking?

Old 01-28-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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Ubuntu 8.04 is "end of life" and completely unsupported. It has no drivers for hardware newer than April 2008 (its release date).
Old 01-28-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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Yeah, I've been doing my best to just compile new versions of stuff by hand but I think I've finally hit a wall with this. Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and try out a new version.


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