tried messing around with a lot of different things and following different threads but to no avail, so i'm hoping someone here can help me.

I'm running Xubuntu 14.04.2 LTS on an inspiron 7537, bought last year. After months of running around the interwebs like a headless chicken, i've finally, finally managed to get working bluetooth speakers. However one problem remains - the Volume up and down buttons on the keyboard have no effect of the bluetooth speakers when connected. This is turning out to be a real pain. Ive tried settings-settings editor and looking for xfce-mixer as advised in some posts but this doesn't exist in my version of xubuntu.

Can anyone point me in the right direction??

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! ;-) If you go to system settings - sound, can you change the volume there??? – Fabby Mar 8 '15 at 20:53
  • yes i can change it there alright – fiachrafiachra Mar 28 '15 at 20:27
  • So the keyboard buttons aren't bound to the master volume? (does clicking the speaker icon and changing the volume there work with the BlueTooth speakers?) – Fabby Mar 28 '15 at 23:41
  • No the keyboard buttons work with the laptop speakers but not when the bluetooth speakers are plugged in. Clicking the speaker icon and changing the volume works with the bluetooth speakers. – fiachrafiachra Mar 29 '15 at 8:56
  • scratch that - moving the slider on the speaker icon doesn't change the volume on bluetooth speakers. in Volume Control, the keyboard volume buttons move the slider on Built In Analogue Stereo – fiachrafiachra Mar 29 '15 at 12:47

OK i've finally figured it out, so simple yet i overlooked it completely.

in Volume Control - Output Devices tab i clicked on the green icon 'Set As Fallback' next to the bluetooth device and that did it. It had remained on the Built-In Audio Analog Stereo device.

Thanks a million for you help anyway!

  • Answer is useful, please mark it as solved – Bengt Olsson Mar 5 '16 at 8:47
  • i wonder why isn't this the default thing that happens when you connect a bluetooth speaker. now we have a bunch of people saying "that other OS is better because we don't have to google stuff like this"... – Hayri Uğur Koltuk Nov 12 '17 at 20:06

Found this at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/indicator-sound/+bug/1404729 :

Just edit this file:

sudo gedit /etc/pulse/default.pa

And add the following:

# automatically switch to newly-connected devices load-module module-switch-on-connect

After Adding above lines to file run the following in terminal:

pulseaudio -k

You will need to disconnect and reconnect your bluetooth device.

Worked just fine for me, maybe it works for you too!

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