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I have been using a number of devices (phone, headset, speakers) connected to my Thinkpad which is running 13.04.

Today quite out of the blue (forgive the pun!) bluetooth disabled itself. Despite going into settings and clicking ON it refuses to activate bluetooth. I see an instantaneous list of the devices, then they disappear and bluetooth defaults to OFF.

Anybody any thoughts as to how I can restore bluetooth?

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Have you check out Ubuntu don't detect my Bluetooth receiver, how to fix it?? –  Braiam Dec 4 '13 at 17:50
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try

rfkill unblock bluetooth

for starting bluetooth..

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Perfect - worked a treat, many thanks –  gpslok Dec 4 '13 at 19:12
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Blueman applet helped me. To install blueman, type following command in terminal

sudo apt-get install blueman
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