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I've got a Bluetooth headset which works great in both Windows 8 and Android 4.2 however on Ubuntu (13.10) it just doesn't seem to work. I installed Blueman, it paired and connected successfully when I tried Audio sink but it still doesn't show up in my Sound Settings nor PulseAudio which I installed and tried. All there is in my Sound Settings is "Analog Output". I tried several fix like changing and adding things in /etc/bluetooth/audio.conf without any success. I've restarted the bluetooth service several times in the process as well.

Let me know if you need more information from me and my system.

Kind regards, Michael.

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I'm with the same problem, after pair the headset, I'm using the pulseaudio -k command, then the device shows up in the Sound Settings and it works.

It's not a good solution, but it was what I got until now.

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I see I'm not the only one with that specific issue. I'll give you the answer for leading me towards the right path and I'll stay up to date in your question instead. Thanks – Michael Nov 6 '13 at 20:44
LOL don't say it's not good. It just kills pulseaudio which starts itself up again. that's a very nice and easy solution :D – Mina Michael Jun 27 '15 at 23:31

The following worked for me.

There's an option in /etc/bluetooth/audio.conf called AutoConnect=true. Make sure this is not commented (i.e. no hashes) (change #AutoConnect=true to AutoConnect=true)

This will make pulseaudio recognize the device.

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I think this worked for me. At least I can select the device now. Thanks. – jnns Jul 7 '15 at 13:18
This worked for me, thanks! After changing this option I had to remove the device from the Bluetooth menu and re-pair it, after it appeared! – Justgivemeaname Jul 24 '15 at 13:22
I'm on Ubuntu 15.10 Gnome and for me AutoEnable=true in /etc/bluetooth/main.conf did the trick. Thanks. – select Oct 24 '15 at 13:34

i've got the same issue on Lubuntu 13.10 with blueman and an wireless speaker adapter. For me the following fixed it:

Insert load-module module-switch-on-connect in the /etc/pulse/

Command pulseaudio -k

Command pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover

This module isn't loaded automatically, you have to load it manually. I didn't find a more convenient way.

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