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I have a Lenovo B590 laptop. The laptop is Ubuntu-certified for Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, so I wasn't expecting any problems. First I tried to get the Broadcom 43142 wifi/bluetooth module working on Ubuntu 12.10 64bit but failed. Therefore I made a fresh Ubuntu 13.10 64bit installation yesterday. Here the wifi module was recognized out of the box. The only thing I had to do was to enable the restricted driver. The bluetooth module is recognized too, but it doesn't work.

The problem is: I have two further bluetooth devices placed closely to the laptop, non-paired and each being able to discover the other respectively. None of them is able to disover the laptop, nor does hcitool scan find any devices. It does not give any errors though.

lspci|grep -i broadcom:

02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)1

dmesg|grep -i blue:

[    8.023496] thinkpad_acpi: rfkill switch tpacpi_bluetooth_sw: radio is unblocked
[    8.384905] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.16
[    8.384936] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[    8.384943] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[    8.384944] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[    8.384959] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[    8.721266] Bluetooth: can't load firmware, may not work correctly
[   11.274285] Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
[   11.274298] Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
[   11.274299] Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11
[   11.283683] Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3
[   11.283686] Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast
[   11.283696] Bluetooth: BNEP socket layer initialized
[   13.417478] Bluetooth: hci0 command 0x1003 tx timeout


hci0:   Type: BR/EDR  Bus: USB
        BD Address: 1C:3E:84:E8:81:98  ACL MTU: 1021:8  SCO MTU: 64:1
        RX bytes:1265 acl:0 sco:0 events:84 errors:0
        TX bytes:3794 acl:0 sco:0 commands:81 errors:0

bluez-simple-agent hci# 1C:3E:84:E8:81:98:

Creating device failed: org.bluez.Error.ConnectionAttemptFailed: Page Timeout

rfkill list:

0: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
1: brcmwl-0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
2: tpacpi_bluetooth_sw: Bluetooth
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
3: hci0: Bluetooth
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no

uname -a:

Linux B590 3.11.0-14-generic #21-Ubuntu SMP Tue Nov 12 17:04:55 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

And finally here's the output of the scan attempt, which does not give any results:

hcitool scan:


What have I missed? How am I supposed to get the bluetooth device working?

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Have you installed bluez drivers? –  user224082 Dec 26 '13 at 13:40
@DuminduMahawela I have the packages bluez and bluez-tools installed. –  user228890 Dec 26 '13 at 13:46
Try with the other packages sudo apt-get install bluez bluez-alsa bluez-audio bluez-btsco bluez-compat bluez-cups bluez-dbg bluez-gstreamer bluez-hcidump bluez-pcmcia-support bluez-tools bluez-utils python-bluez bluewho indicator-bluetooth libbluetooth-dev libgnome-bluetooth11 libbluetooth3 –  user224082 Dec 26 '13 at 13:49
@DuminduMahawela I installed these packages, rebooted, but hcitool scan is still not finding anything. –  user228890 Dec 26 '13 at 13:55
I filed a bug for this issue: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/bluez/+bug/1264311 –  user228890 Jan 7 '14 at 13:06

1 Answer 1

I am using the driver wl driver from Broadcom at http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php The driver needs to be patched and I got the patch file from one of the arch linux forums. Make and installed wl.ko and remember to load the btusb module for bluetooth to work

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A more detailed answer would be really helpful. I have the same problem but your instructions are a bit too advanced for me to follow. An actual link to the patch would also be helpful –  ThomasH Aug 10 '14 at 12:53

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