I have a built-in USB device, lsusb | grep "bluetooth" outputs:

Bus 002 Device 004: ID 413c:8187 Dell Computer Corp. DW375 Bluetooth Module

This device has hardware issues, it's not working reliably in Windows either. (It works in Linux after a

sudo hciconfig hci0 reset

, but after a suspend to ram, the device sometimes completely disappears, sometimes it can not be re-activated, issues, issues...)

I rather use an external Bluetooth dongle, but I do not want to waste battery power on this internal device.

Disabling in BIOS is no alternative, as the BIOS is password protected by company policy. Blacklisting?

EDIT: running latest BIOS firmware

1 Answer 1


To stop bluetooth service

$ su -
$ service bluetooth stop

To disable bluetooth service on startup

# nano /etc/rc.local

add this line before exit 0

rfkill block bluetooth

To disable the bluetooth driver on startup

# nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

and add this line to blacklist.conf

blacklist btusb

To cut power source for bluetooth to run

# nano /etc/bluetooth/main.conf


InitiallyPowered = true


InitiallyPowered = false

Source: http://namhuy.net/1397/disable-bluetooth-ubuntu-xubuntu-linux-mint.html

  • btw: No such thing as InitiallyPowered under Ubuntu-MATE 16.04, but the Rest works fine.
    – Frank N
    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:19

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