I am having trouble connecting my Bluetooth speakers with a fresh 15.10 install (EDIT: applies to 16.04 as well). The speakers are connected however they are not listed as an available audio device.

I tried to load the Bluetooth module using:

sudo pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover
Failure: Module initialization failed

The same speakers have worked perfectly on 14.04. Any ideas how I could properly load the module so I can use my speakers?


Solved by using SimFox3 answer in this thread.

Bug and possible solution: actually I found a bug in that make the headset unusable, it seems that the pulse audio module: module-bluetooth-discover works only if started after the X11 session is up. So I have a workaround.

Edit the file:


and comment out (with an # at the beginning of the line) the following line:

#load-module module-bluetooth-discover

now edit the file:


and after the lines:

   if [ x”$SESSION_MANAGER” != x ] ; then
        /usr/bin/pactl load-module module-x11-xsmp “display=$DISPLAY session_manager=$SESSION_MANAGER” > /dev/null

add the following line:

    /usr/bin/pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover

This way the Pulse audio’s Bluetooth modules will not be downloaded at boot time but after x11 is started.

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    You are my hero! Did you submit this as a bug report somewhere? This fixed it for me. – select Nov 25 '15 at 23:48
  • Worked for me too - this on the cheap & cheerful Lidl bluetooth SBL 4.1 which has previously failed to appear on googling it with Linux. Well done +1! – Mark Williams Feb 22 '16 at 14:33
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    it works for 16.04 as well, believe or not this bug still exists and seems no one is going to fix this – Zippp Apr 23 '16 at 18:54
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    Great! The same problem in Debian 9 and the same solution... – multiplayer1080 Jun 29 '17 at 23:35
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    Is there an upstream or distro bug report for this? I can't seem to find it neither in Ubuntu nor Debian nor upstream... – bk138 Oct 18 '17 at 14:42

The solution in 16.10 is:

$ sudo apt install bluetooth pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

This answer was originally posted as an edit to the question.


Sometimes, it works after reboot, and later such error appear ...

So the sequence :

sudo pactl unload-module  module-bluetooth-discover 
sudo pactl   load-module  module-bluetooth-discover 

can save my time.

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