I am using Apple Airpods and recently installed a new 20.04 version on my laptop. The Airpods connect but the sound at the beginning of usage is a bit choppy. After a few seconds it works smoothly. Then, at some random point in time the sound gets choppy and either recovers or ends up to stop working completely. I then have to restart bluetooth and reconnect the headphones. Rinse and repeat. I tried the solutions here: Bluetooth randomly cutting out in Ubuntu but they did not work.

I am using kernel 5.8.0-41-generic and I am connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


BT Device:

03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Wireless 8265 / 8275 [8086:24fd] (rev 78)
    Subsystem: Intel Corporation Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 [8086:0010]
    Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi
    Kernel modules: iwlwifi
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0bda:0316 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. USB3.0-CRW
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04f2:b604 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Integrated Camera (1280x720@30)
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0461:4d51 Primax Electronics, Ltd 0Y357C PMX-MMOCZUL (B) [Dell Laser Mouse]
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 046a:0113 Cherry GmbH CHERRY Wired Keyboard
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  • I cannot comment yet so writing here. Sounds like a driver issue but please provide more information. Either run sudo btmon, or share the related part of /var/log/syslog. My biggest guess would be it is due to corrupted PulseAudio., however it might be also related to the bluez as well. Hence, please try the solution available here. – Mr. Panda Feb 8 at 13:53
  • What is the BT device? Please edit your question and add output of lspci -knn | grep Net -A3; lsusb terminal command. – Pilot6 Feb 8 at 14:40
  • Hi @Pilot6 just edited my post. – mikanim Feb 8 at 15:45

If you are using 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi at the same time, this could be a reason why this is happening. Try to disable bt_coex by running:

sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi-opt.conf <<< "options iwlwifi bt_coex_active=N"

Reboot to test.

The setting can be reverted by:

sudo rm /etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi-opt.conf
  • Tested for almost a full day of work and it seems to have solved the problem. Many thanks for the help. It is weird though because my wifi is usually off as I use an ethernet cable. Could simply having bt_coex running have caused the problem and not necessarily connecting to wifi? – mikanim Feb 9 at 11:45
  • It may be. The bt_coex technology is really poor in iwlwifi. But it is enabled by default. – Pilot6 Feb 9 at 11:46
  • Is there another driver that ubuntu users should/could use? – mikanim Feb 9 at 11:47
  • No, there is no separate BT driver. – Pilot6 Feb 9 at 11:48
  • Ok thanks and lastly would keeping it disabled have any side effects? I.e. wifi not working stably or so. – mikanim Feb 9 at 12:06

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