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.
You need the bluez-utils and bluez-libs packages from the extra repository.
The pertinent options in /etc/conf.d/bluetooth are
after that, start bluetooth services with
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.
# modprobe -v hci_usb bluetooth hidp l2cap
loads the kernel modules you need, if they weren't loaded automatically.
Connecting the mouse
hidd --search hcitool inq
are good for device scanning.
hidd --connect <bdaddr>
to actually connect.
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
# 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 don't work with the current (3.11) bluetooth packages. To start the mouse at startup, add:
hidd --connect <enter here your bluetooth mouse address>
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.