I am trying to setup my ubuntustudio 14.04 , 64bit as a bluetooth audio sink (service a2snk in a2DP), so that I can redirect music from the android phone to the pc and from there to my speakers.

I am following this guide which even though older can still work without too many modifications, up to the point where I have to load

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth
pactl load-module module-bluethooth-discover

Now, installing the module works as expected. But loading the module fails, so even though phone -> pc audio connection has been established, no bluetooth device pops up in pulse-audio and as such I hear no sound from the speakers.

This module appears in pulseaudio :

pactl list short modules | grep blue
9       module-bluetooth-policy 
22      module-bluetooth-discover   

Checking syslog, it states the following related info

Dec 14 12:32:19 starmaze NetworkManager[1243]: <info> (50:32:75:B3:DA:31): new Bluetooth device (driver: 'bluez' ifindex: 0)

where 50:32:75:B3:DA:31 is indeed the bluetooth MAC address of my android phone.

and a little later

Dec 14 12:38:47 starmaze pulseaudio[2663]: [pulseaudio] module-bluetooth-device.c: /org/bluez/942/hci0/dev_50_32_75_B3_DA_31 is not a valid BlueZ audio device.
Dec 14 12:38:47 starmaze pulseaudio[2663]: [pulseaudio] module.c: Failed to load module "module-bluetooth-device" (argument: "path=/org/bluez/942/hci0/dev_50_32_75_B3_DA_31 address=50:32:75:B3:DA:31 profile=a2dp_source source_properties=device.icon_name=blueman card_properties=device.icon_name=blueman"): initialization failed.

From these other threads: AU1 , AU2 , AU3 , AU4 , AU5

running pulseaudio -k does not seem to solve the issues and a contradictory statement to Disable=Socket in `/etc/bluetooth/audio.conf actually makes the service "a2dsnk" as broadcast from the pc to the phone to disappear.

What could be wrong? I guess the problem is pinpointed in a failure to load the bluetooth-discover module in pulseaudio or something related. But with all the info (sometimes contradictory) out there, I can not be certain. Can you help?


lsusb returns

Bus 006 Device 004: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)

lsusb -t returns

/:  Bus 06.Port 1: Dev 1, Class=root_hub, Driver=uhci_hcd/2p, 12M
    |__ Port 1: Dev 4, If 0, Class=Wireless, Driver=btusb, 12M
    |__ Port 1: Dev 4, If 1, Class=Wireless, Driver=btusb, 12M
    |__ Port 1: Dev 4, If 2, Class=Application Specific Interface, Driver=, 12M

lspci and lspci -nnk are over in pastebin. Not sure how this will help so I included all the output.

  • Did you ever figure this out?
    – Andrew
    Aug 30, 2015 at 4:09
  • @SantaClaus it was always a problem of my bluetooth dongle. 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle is apparently notorious for not working correctly. so close, but no cigar...
    – nass
    Sep 1, 2015 at 18:02

2 Answers 2


On my system this problem was caused by gdm starting a pulseaudio client and grabbing the bluetooth audio card before the user's client could. I fixed it by disabling pulseaudio for the gdm user: in



autospawn = no
daemon-binary = /bin/true
  • This worked for me on 16.04 Beta 1 running on Dell XPS 13 9350
    – ErlVolton
    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:31
  • Suppose I want to fix this without rebooting. What command should I run if gdm has already grabbed the audio card? Thanks
    – spraff
    Jul 27, 2016 at 14:46

This command might fix your issue

 sudo pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover
  • nope the module is already loaded..
    – nass
    Jan 1, 2015 at 23:18
  • It seems that everything should be fine. I mean I can play audio from phone to the pc, but no bluetooth sound source appears in pulseaudio playback devices
    – nass
    Jan 1, 2015 at 23:29
  • Can you include the results from lsusb -nnk and lsusb as it might be an issue with needed firmware on the PC's bluetooth device
    – Jeremy31
    Jan 2, 2015 at 11:50
  • Hi there, info is included, but lsusb -nnk returns "invalid options' for both "n" and "k". did you mean something else perhaps?
    – nass
    Jan 2, 2015 at 12:37
  • yes I did lspci -nnk and lsusb
    – Jeremy31
    Jan 2, 2015 at 12:39

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