I'm trying to get my bluetooth speaker working with Ubuntu 16.04 Gnome. It connects but doesn't show up in sound output devices list.

I've tried few suggestions

sudo -i pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover


Connection failure: Connection refused
pa_context_connect() failed: Connection refused

I had the same issue. In this post is pointed this solution.

Basically, you have to create/edit the file /var/lib/gdm3/.config/pulse/client.conf

And add the following configuration lines

autospawn = no daemon-binary = /bin/true

And give to GDM the ownership

sudo chown gdm:gdm /var/lib/gdm3/.config/pulse/client.conf

Retart GDM and it is solved

  • Thanks, I've given up on BT speaker but if I try it again I'll let you know how it went – wisemonkey Dec 11 '16 at 21:01
  • I can confirm that this worked on Ubuntu (with Gnome shell) on 17.04! Thanks so much! (btw I got Failure to load module, not the error the OP got) – fgblomqvist Apr 18 '17 at 0:53

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