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{{i18n_links_end}}This article describes how to set up a bluetooth mouse with Archlinux. I used a Logitech v270 with a Trendnet TBW-101UB USB Bluetooth dongle, but the general process should be the same for any model.
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This article describes how to set up a bluetooth mouse with Arch Linux. I used a Logitech v270 with a Trendnet TBW-101UB USB Bluetooth dongle, but the general process should be the same for any model.
 
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== Required software ==
 
== Required software ==
  
You need the '''bluez-utils''' and '''bluez-libs''' packages from the extra repository.
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You need the {{Pkg|bluez}} package from the extra repository.
  
 
== Configuration ==
 
== Configuration ==
 
The pertinent options in /etc/conf.d/bluetooth are  
 
The pertinent options in /etc/conf.d/bluetooth are  
HCID_ENABLE=true
 
 
  HIDD_ENABLE=true
 
  HIDD_ENABLE=true
 
after that, start bluetooth services with
 
after that, start bluetooth services with
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The command
 
The command
  # modprobe -v hci_usb bluetooth hidp l2cap
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  # modprobe -v btusb bluetooth hidp l2cap
 
loads the kernel modules you need, if they weren't loaded automatically.  
 
loads the kernel modules you need, if they weren't loaded automatically.  
  
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  /etc/rc.d/bluetooth start
 
  /etc/rc.d/bluetooth start
  
Note: The above instructions to start the mouse at startup don't work with the current (3.11) bluetooth packages. To start the mouse at startup, add:
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Note: The above instructions to start the mouse at startup do not work with the now outdated 3.11 bluetooth packages. New versions such as the current (3.32) packages are not affected. If you are using an older version, then to start the mouse at startup, add:
 
  hidd --connect <enter here your bluetooth mouse address (No capitals!!!)>
 
  hidd --connect <enter here your bluetooth mouse address (No capitals!!!)>
 
to your /etc/rc.local file.
 
to your /etc/rc.local file.

Revision as of 07:33, 4 December 2012

This article describes how to set up a bluetooth mouse with Arch Linux. I used a Logitech v270 with a Trendnet TBW-101UB USB Bluetooth dongle, but the general process should be the same for any model.

Required software

You need the bluez package from the extra repository.

Configuration

The pertinent options in /etc/conf.d/bluetooth are

HIDD_ENABLE=true

after that, start bluetooth services with

/etc/rc.d/bluetooth start

Finding out your mouse's bdaddr

It is of the form 12:34:56:78:9A:BC. Either find it in the documentation of your mouse, on the mouse itself or with the hcitool scan command.

kernel modules

The command

# modprobe -v btusb bluetooth hidp l2cap

loads the kernel modules you need, if they weren't loaded automatically.

(See below for some tips if you're stuck at this point)

Connecting the mouse

hidd --search
hcitool inq

are good for device scanning.

hidd --connect <bdaddr>

to actually connect.

hidd --show

will show your currently connected devices. The mouse should show up in this list. If it doesn't, press the reset button to make it discoverable.

Note: If you have the ipw3945 module loaded (wifi on HP computer) the bluetooth wont work.

Connecting the mouse at startup

Edit /etc/conf.d/bluetooth:

# Arguments to hidd
HIDD_OPTIONS="--connect <enter here your bluetooth mouse address>"

and test the new settings:

/etc/rc.d/bluetooth stop
hidd --killall (drop mouse connection)
/etc/rc.d/bluetooth start

Note: The above instructions to start the mouse at startup do not work with the now outdated 3.11 bluetooth packages. New versions such as the current (3.32) packages are not affected. If you are using an older version, then to start the mouse at startup, add:

hidd --connect <enter here your bluetooth mouse address (No capitals!!!)>

to your /etc/rc.local file.

Note #2: You can connect any bluetooth mouse and/or keyboard without any further configuration and without knowing the device address. You can do it by adding the --master and/or --server option in HIDD_OPTIONS depending on your device.

Troubleshooting tips

If you have trouble with your USB dongle, you may also want to try

# modprobe -v rfcomm

At this point, you should get an hci0 device with

# hcitool dev

Sometimes the device is not active right away - try starting the interface with

# hciconfig hci0 up

and searching for devices as shown above.