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I have the S305 Motorola bluetooth headset. I can control other music players (like Audacious or Goggles) from my headset but not VLC.

Is there some way to control VLC with a BT headset?

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Can you use the keyboard multimedia keys? Maybe this is the problem: – Leo Jun 10 '13 at 22:16
Thank you very much for your response Leopoldo but the solution in that question doesn't seem to work. The answer about global hotkeys is interesting but I need it to work even if VLC doesn't have focus (and that didn't seem to work either). – Darin Jun 10 '13 at 23:19
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  1. First download some packages

    sudo apt-get install bluez-utils bluez-gnome bluez-alsa
  2. Find the MAC of the headset

    sudo hcitool scan

    The output will look something like this:

    $ sudo hcitool scan
    Scanning ...
            XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX       Stereo Headset
  3. Setup ~/.asoundrc file

    pcm.bluetooth {
            type bluetooth
            device "XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX"
            profile "auto"
  4. Reboot

    sudo reboot
  5. Connect Bluetooth Headset

  6. Change alsa-audio-device in ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc:

    gedit ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc


    # Audio output device (string)
    # alsa-audio-device=default

    And change it to

    # Audio output device (string)

Hope this help.

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BiggJJ I am accepting your answer because I won't have time to test it before the bounty times out and if it works I want you to get the full bounty. Thank you so much for taking the time to give a step by step and clear answer :) – Darin Jun 20 '13 at 15:28
That's not a problem @Darin. Thanks – BiggJJ Jun 21 '13 at 13:58
@Darin Did you ever try this? – BiggJJ Jun 23 '13 at 0:05
Not yet but I'll try to make time this weekend. I'm using a different laptop at the moment. – Darin Jun 23 '13 at 13:53

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