The recipe for breaking blue tooth is so far:

Fresh install - blue tooth is happy install broadcom drivers for wifi Update to latest ubu install sixad run it once through and check ps3 controller is working. reboot Bluetooth is dead

or if I disable blue-tooth before reboot it won't come back either.

Latest stable Ubuntu - inbuilt bluetooth module. Hp Probook 6470b.


Running sixad via:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:falk-t-j/qtsixa

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sixad


sudo sixpair
sixad --start

And turning off bluetooth to disconnect the PS3 controller and ctrl c the terminal means bluetooth can't be reactivated. Even after a reboot.

Help is appreciated! I'm very new to Ubuntu so be gentle.


Reinstalling bluez, fixes it...


sixad -r will restore regular bluetooth.

  • This is the correct answer if you setup sixad to startup automatically. You can switch it back over to using sixad as the bluetooth service with 'sixad -s' – Evan Plaice Dec 26 '18 at 11:44

It seems that permission of /usr/sbin/bluetoothd has changed, so you can do:

sudo chmod +x /usr/sbin/bluetoothd
sudo service bluetoothd restart

my problem was that I had the option sixad --boot-yes enabled. After disabling (--boot-no), rebooting and manually starting sixad it worked fine again.

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