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I recently installed Debian Jessie 8.6 as a clean install. The only thing I kept was my HOME partition.

After the installation finished, I wanted to connect my bluetooth headphones but they couldn't be paired.

Checking the status of the service: service bluetooth status

Dec 18 13:03:55 user-laptop bluetoothd[512]: Bluetooth daemon 5.23
Dec 18 13:03:58 user-laptop systemd[1]: Started Bluetooth service.
Dec 18 13:03:58 user-laptop bluetoothd[512]: Starting SDP server
Dec 18 13:03:58 user-laptop bluetoothd[512]: Bluetooth management interface 1.6 initialized
Dec 18 13:03:59 user-laptop bluetoothd[512]: Sap driver initialization failed.
Dec 18 13:03:59 user-laptop bluetoothd[512]: sap-server: Operation not permitted (1)

I tried without success:

  1. Purging all bluetooth packages and installing them again.
  2. Following Thorsten's message from the Debian mailing list.
    • bluetoothctl
    • scan on
    • pair
    • unblock
    • connect
  3. Installed pulseaudio bluetooth packages and repeated previous step. (and removed them again)

In step #2, the device is paired and connected successfully, but the sound is still going out through the laptop, instead of the headphones.

The strange thing is that this worked with Jessie 8.4 out of the box.

What could the problem be?


Bluetooth installed packages: dpkg -l | grep blue

ii  blueman                               1.99~alpha1-1+deb8u1                 amd64        Graphical bluetooth manager
ii  bluetooth                             5.23-2                               all          Bluetooth support
ii  bluez                                 5.23-2+b1                            amd64        Bluetooth tools and daemons
ii  bluez-firmware                        1.2-3                                all          Firmware for Bluetooth devices
ii  bluez-obexd                           5.23-2+b1                            amd64        bluez obex daemon
ii  bluez-tools                           0.2.0~20140808-3                     amd64        Set of tools to manage Bluetooth devices for linux
ii  libbluetooth3:amd64                   5.23-2+b1                            amd64        Library to use the BlueZ Linux Bluetooth stack
  • Welcome to U& L ? Does the bluez package is installed on your system? – GAD3R Dec 18 '16 at 13:42
  • Yes! I will update the post with all the bluetooth related packages. – Adri C.S. Dec 18 '16 at 14:12
  • Do you use a gamepad over bluetooth like PS3 controller? – user192526 Dec 18 '16 at 14:51
  • Install pavucontrol package then run it as user ,From the output device choose headphone under the Port menu – GAD3R Dec 18 '16 at 15:00
  • @Bahamut It's a pair of Philiphs headphones. – Adri C.S. Dec 18 '16 at 15:16

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