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[Solved] bluetooth speakers don't play

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[Solved] bluetooth speakers don't play

#1 Postby mmikeinsantarosa » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:57 am

I'm trying to help a friend get his amazon BTV1 bluetooth speakers to play on a MX14 system that he recently upgraded to MX16 (preserve home). He didn't try the speakers with MX14 but they are new-ish.

The bt tool (blueman applet) can discover and pair the speakers and they show up identified as a headset. The mixer is set to output to the BTV1 headset but no sound comes out. Audio levels in the mixer are up and enabled.

Anything else I can suggest he try?

thanks in advance - mike
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Re: bluetooth speakers don't play

#2 Postby Jerry3904 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:13 am

I've never tried to use them, but have frequently read that they are not easy to set up. Some very useful-looking items on a web search "linux bluetooth speakers" starting with the Debian Wiki. I see references to a package that we don't include (but probably should): pulseaudio-module-bluetooth. You should install that, turn off BT, and then turn it back on.

All I have...it would be great if we could solve this.
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Re: bluetooth speakers don't play

#3 Postby mmikeinsantarosa » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:39 am

Jerry3904 wrote:I've never tried to use them, but have frequently read that they are not easy to set up. Some very useful-looking items on a web search "linux bluetooth speakers" starting with the Debian Wiki. I see references to a package that we don't include (but probably should): pulseaudio-module-bluetooth. You should install that, turn off BT, and then turn it back on.

All I have...it would be great if we could solve this.

Thanks Jerry. All that mixer shenanigans yesterday was part of this effort.

stay tuned.
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Re: bluetooth speakers don't play

#4 Postby tascoast » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:51 pm

My recent bluetooth speaker experience has become a little patchy with the default blueman.
Getting blueman to find and trust the speaker is fine. It's the connecting successfully in the correct mode (eg Audio Sink) that has gone awry. Manually connecting to a mode via Blueman reports 'Connection failed..'.

I thought I was good initially but am now scratching my head figuring out a reliable way to connect, be it after a fresh boot, exiting/opening Blueman or turning bluetooth off/on again...

Just now I deleted the device, then searched and added it again in Blueman (while leaving speaker powered on for discovery).

This recognition does not seem to last however....
Turning Bluetooth off and on again left the device showing it was unconnected, until I turned the speaker off/on again.

*I have pulseaudio-module-bluetooth installed already for some reason. I didn't add it myself.
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Re: bluetooth speakers don't play

#5 Postby rokytnji.1 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:03 pm

My soundmine skull candy speaker thread is over here. It is not Debian. But oh well. Mine works on all my installs , AntiX with pulse Audio even. After I learned how.

https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/netw ... l-speaker/

Edit: Used https://packages.debian.org/sid/pulseau ... -bluetooth

https://wiki.debian.org/BluetoothUser/a2dp

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Re: bluetooth speakers don't play

#6 Postby mmikeinsantarosa » Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:04 pm

After attempting every tip I could find, I couldn't get the BT radio in my dell laptop to stay connected to this speaker. So, I bought a USB dongle and it all works without any tricks. I also proved the setup works on 2 32 bit laptops (one MX15 and the other MX17) that don't have built in BT radios.

My dongle $14
rokytnji.1 suggested this dongle $5 on eBay, but I didn't try it.

Maybe newer firmware will at some point will allow my built in BT radios to work. It took nearly a year after my PC was started the first time for a combination of kernel & fw for the mobile broadband card in this thing to work right all the time.

marking this one solved for now.

- mike
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