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I have an ACER C7 Chromebook with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. Also I have two apps installed Bluetooth Manager and Bluetooth.

I am trying to connect MEElectronics AF9-BK Air-Fi Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Microphone, to Ubuntu. I have tried to setup new device and pair, but the headset is never recognized.

Also I checked hard and soft setting for bluetooth and they are on.

Any suggestion. Please note - I am new to Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux and need specific instructions.

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Default Ubuntu Bluetooth Pairing

  1. Open the Bluetooth setting by clicking on the Bluetooth symbol on the top panel:
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  2. Choose + in the bottom left corner of the following window:
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  3. Put your Bluetooth device in "Pairing Mode". Check with your manual on how to do this.
    The MEElectronics AF9-BK headset will enter pairing mode by turning the device OFF and then pressing and holding the multifunction button for 7 s until the blue light remains permanently on.
  4. Then Proceed with "Continue" to enable "new device setup" in Ubuntu.
  5. The device should now be recognized:
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  6. Select the new device. In case we use a non-default PIN for pairing we may give "PIN options" but this is usually not needed. Press "Continue" to finish setup.
  7. Go to the "Sound Settings" on the top panel menu:
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  8. Choose your headset as audio output or input device, and give in the "Mode" for Bluetooth service. Note that the microphone will not be available in A2DP mode:
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In case we had used the headset on a different device, or when pairing failed we may have to repeat the pairing procedure. Before we can do so we may have to remove the device first (this is done in step 2. above by pressing -).

Paring with Blueman (here shown for Lubuntu):

  1. Open Bluetooth Manager from Preferences menu.
  2. Put your headset in pairing mode (see 3. above)
  3. Then choose "Search":
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  4. Select the new device and choose the keys symbol for pairing: enter image description here
  5. Enter the PIN code (for headsets this is usually is 0000): enter image description here
  6. Right click on the device to select the Bluetooth service: enter image description here

Also see the following questions:

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There is no «Mode» under 14.04 – Ed Villegas Jun 13 '14 at 5:21
@EdVillegas: "Pairing mode" is a feature of your device, not of Ubuntu. – Takkat Jun 13 '14 at 6:01
Yes, that's what I thought. However, after pairing the device, confirmed both by the system as well as by the headset, there is no such «Pairing mode» in the Sound settings. If I select to «Test sound» of the bluetooth headset, the system uses the laptop speakers. Check screenshot: – Ed Villegas Jun 14 '14 at 15:53
I found the solution. I must install pavucontrol, as you stated as a suggestion here:…. Thanks – Ed Villegas Jun 16 '14 at 15:58
Thank you @Takkat! – Luke Stanley Jan 24 at 0:27

From the command line, already discussed here:

Good luck

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I was wrestling with bluetooth headsets off and on for years, with very limited success. I was able to get bluez/blueman working, pair the device, and even transfer audio using a command line program with a manually-entered device name. That did me no good, though. Only one application was able to find and use my headset (ALSA's discovery API doesn't seem to work with BT headsets) and even that app now fails in its most recent version. I have read that PulseAudio makes bluetooth headsets a bit easier, but since Pulse is not viable for me, the situation is still pretty bad.

Then I found this little gadget: Jabra LINK 360 UC USB Adapter

It pairs with a bluetooth headset, but presents itself to the computer as a USB sound device instead of a bluetooth adapter. Every application I have is able to discover and use it because it doesn't require any bluetooth support in the operating system. It completely solved my problem.

As far as I know, Jabra is the only company that makes such a thing. (If someone knows of others, please post links.) They also made one or two earlier models that can be found for less money. I chose the new one mainly because it's so tiny.

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Thanks ʇsәɹoɈ! Your answer helped me to choose headset for my system. Platronics has such adapter too (named BT300), but it's much more expensive. Also looks like headsets with "UC support" provided with such adapters. Audio device should be less buggy than bluetooth support. – HighCat Apr 15 at 21:57

For those using Ubuntu studio: If not installed, Install blueman (bluetooth manager) open terminal sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth Once you insert usb bt dongle, bt icon appears in top panel. turn on headset, go sound settings -> app/player -> choose bt headset (name) go configuration tab -> click bt headset name -> choose high fidelity

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apt-get install pulseaudio pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pavucontrol bluez-firmware

then proceed with the above suggested.

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