I am trying to get my Bluetooth working on Ubuntu 12.04 for my Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop.

I have tried installing Blueman, but yet Ubuntu is unable to access my Bluetooth Device. Could anyone help me with installing the drivers and configuring the bluetooth.

2 Answers 2


I haven't seen much Bluetooth receivers lacking Linux support. However, there are other things to check here, I think.

  • First of all, check that your wireless devices are unlocked (no rfkill active).

    sudo rfkill list

    In case bluetooth is 'Soft blocked' you can unblock it:

    sudo rfkill unblock all

    In case bluetooth is 'Hard blocked', try to find a hardware switch on your laptop to unblock it.

  • Then, check your kernel messages for Bluetooth related stuff:

    dmesg | grep -i bluetooth
  • And does your Bluetooth driver expose an hci device?

    hcitool dev

    should list for example hci0.

  • Check your system BIOS that Bluetooth is enabled.

  • Is your Ubuntu kernel up to date (and did you reboot after that)?

  • Try installing the linux-firmware and linux-firmware-nonfree packages. Your device may require loading some proprietary firmware.

  • couldn't solve the issue with this information.As i googled further i came up with the information of editing the existing driver for the broadcom which was working with the previous release of ububtu,but ufortunately that also isn't working as expected.
    – prajul
    Dec 15, 2012 at 18:34
  • @prajul I would suggest to ask your own hardware-specific question.
    – gertvdijk
    Dec 16, 2012 at 17:29
  • @gertvdijk +1 for answer Jan 9, 2013 at 11:00

Installing linux-firmware-nonfree Install linux-firmware-nonfree solved it for me, on a generic Bluetooth 2.0 USB adapter from Amazon.com. In my experience with Dell internal adapters, you have to blacklist any driver other than your specific one.

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