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kentraco 12-30-2019 04:20 PM

Bluetooth Issue
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I installed Zorin 15.1 to replace Windows 7 on my PC and have had no problems with its setup, configuration and use.

Connecting to a couple of Bluetooth devices, however, has been unsuccessful. The old OS paired up with them just fine.

Is this a known issue with Zorin? I haven't been able to find a mention of it online.

business_kid 12-31-2019 12:23 PM

No, actually. It's a known problem with Bluetooth :).

Bluetooth was designed by IBM as a 'James Bond' type protocol - super secure, to be used by bankers to let the new partner into the company safe. (I'm open to correction, but I think it was part of one of their failed efforts to monopolize the pc market - the PS/2 or OS2 Warp?) It is being used by everyone to swap files, and everyone is extremely pissed off with it being super secure.

You initially list available people, detect someone, unblock them if they're blocked, pair with them, trust them, connect to them, and then you might get somewhere with a transfer.

I finally got through with blueman manager in X and Bluetoothctl in a shell. Blueman manager didn't allow me to trust someone and Bluetoothctl was excellent for everything except transferring. I'm not tempted to repeat unless there's NO OTHER WAY. Everyone writes their own bluetooth stack, and some are lousy.

kentraco 12-31-2019 12:44 PM

Thanks for your response.

Even when Bluetooth did made the connections (through Windows 7), there was a distracting delay between what was shown on the screen and the sound coming from the headphones or remote speaker. So I can do without it as far as my PC is concerned.

business_kid 12-31-2019 03:20 PM

I've never gone to bluetooth with mouse, keyboard, or headphones.

kentraco 01-03-2020 04:00 PM

For what it's worth, I was able to get Bluetooth working.

With my remote speaker highlighted under "Bluetooth Devices" (and turned on), I clicked on "Audio Sink" under the "Devices" menu.

There's still some slight latency that keeps the transmitted audio from synching precisely with video played on my PC, but I don't think that can be corrected.

business_kid 01-04-2020 06:16 AM

There's Bluetooth-1.0 to 4.0, fairly like usb-1.0 to 3.0

Make sure they're running as fast as possible. Funnily, Android & Apple seem to be the gold standard for Bluetooth. I've had much faster phone transfers than pc transfers. I'm sure others have sorted it better than I did, but my experience was poor too. Not quite dial up modem, but not impressive.

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