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I booted up my computer yesterday and found I couldn't discover new bluetooth devices.. It works fine when booting into Windows, so I know my radio didn't die.

I'm using a VIZIO CT15-A5 laptop...

Here are some outputs for you:

funkdified@vizio ~ $ sudo bluetoothd -d -n
bluetoothd[2603]: Bluetooth daemon 4.101
bluetoothd[2603]: src/main.c:parse_config() parsing main.conf
bluetoothd[2603]: src/main.c:parse_config() discovto=0
bluetoothd[2603]: src/main.c:parse_config() pairto=0
bluetoothd[2603]: src/main.c:parse_config() pageto=8192
bluetoothd[2603]: src/main.c:parse_config() auto_to=60
bluetoothd[2603]: src/main.c:parse_config() name=%h-%d
bluetoothd[2603]: src/main.c:parse_config() class=0x000100
bluetoothd[2603]: src/main.c:parse_config() Key file does not have key 'DeviceID'
D-Bus setup failed: Name already in use
bluetoothd[2603]: Unable to get on D-Bus


Loading configuration plugins
SetAdapter (/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blueman/gui/
on_property_changed (/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blueman/gui/
adapter propery changed Discovering 1 
on_property_changed (/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blueman/gui/
adapter propery changed Discovering 0 
on_property_changed (/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blueman/gui/
adapter propery changed Discovering 1 
destroy (/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blueman/gui/
__del__ (/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blueman/gui/
Deleting widget 
__del__ (/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blueman/gui/
deleting mainlist


funkdified@vizio ~ $ rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: no
1: hci0: Bluetooth
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: no

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Not sure how it just died suddenly!

Kernel = 3.5.0-17-generic

Ubuntu = 12.10 64 bit version

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Can you press SHIFT on booting to display your GRUB and select your previous kernel - does this resolve your issue? – fossfreedom Mar 22 '13 at 23:30
No I have tried this! – Abram Mar 22 '13 at 23:31
Linux vizio 3.5.0-17-generic #28-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 9 19:31:23 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux – Abram Mar 22 '13 at 23:33
12.10 64 bit version – Abram Mar 22 '13 at 23:34
Please edit your question with results and replies - we can then tidy up the comments. Why are you running such an old kernel? Please update to the latest kernel in the repos. – fossfreedom Mar 22 '13 at 23:36

I would recommend first upgrading your 12.10 version. I have right here when running uname -a the version 3.5.0-26

So let's do an sudo apt-get update followed by a sudo apt-get upgrade and then reboot. When doing that, verify that any bluetooth related package (including python) gets updated. This update might be the solution. You would have to reboot to see if it works.

The output of bluetoothd suggest that it needs an update or a python library update. In both cases, the suggested update of the system might fix it. At least it worked for me but on a Desktop PC and a bluetooth dongle.

If not, maybe you can add the output of dmesg to include more information but am very positive that it will work after the update.

UPDATE: Ok now am certain that after upgrading you have a 99% chance of getting it to work. Right now you have the 4.101 version. most likely the first version for it. The current package version is the 4.101-0ubuntu6 which can be found in

I mentions the following changelog:

* debian/rules: add --enable-gatt (and remove the unrecognized configure
  options left over from previous releases). This fixes a regression in the
  support for Low Energy bluetooth devices such as thermometer probes and the
  like. (LP: #1055616)
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Hi Luis, the main thing was updating the kernel, but thanks for your help. Bounty is yours as the other guy never bothered making an answer. – Abram Mar 25 '13 at 6:09

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