How can I get the bluetooth UI to use a specific bluetooth adapter when more than one is available?

My laptop's built-in bluetooth adapter has glitches. So I bought a USB bluetooth adapter. I'm able to command-line utils to connect a device with the 2nd adapter, but I can't get the UI to use it. :(

Steps for manual connection:

# Step 1: Find alias for my adapter
sudo hciconfig
# hci1: <stuff> (this is the new one)
# hci0: <stuff> (built-in)

# Step 2: Discover available devices
bt-adapter -a hci1 -d
# <bd mac>

# Step 3: Bind bluetooth device
bt-device -a hci1 -c <bd mac>

# Step 4: Connect audio device
bt-audio -a hci1 -c <bd mac>

Ubuntu release:

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS
Release:    12.04
Codename:   precise
  • I might be able to help, edit your question to add the results from lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net and lsusb
    – Jeremy31
    Mar 9, 2015 at 23:34
  • I'm not trying to fix the built-in device. I just want to select the device the UI uses. The devices shouldn't matter, I'd be suspect if they did.
    – TJR
    Mar 9, 2015 at 23:36
  • There are a few different ways to fix it if you post the info
    – Jeremy31
    Mar 10, 2015 at 0:40

1 Answer 1


You could manually shut it down with sudo hciconfig hci0 down but a udev rule could work also gksudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/10-local.rules and enter the following

ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="hci0", RUN+="/usr/bin/hciconfig hci0 down"

Save, exit and reboot

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