I am running Linux Mint 18.2 (64-bit, Xfce) on a Dell Latitude D430. It runs fine, but bluetooth does not appear to be working. I can detect devices, but connecting doesn't always work, and sending files always fails. I've tried switching out my bluetooth device to a USB dongle, and even booted into Linux Mint MATE and Black Lab Linux (which uses a different USB client). The problem persists under all circumstances. I have no such problem on my other computer, running Mint Cinnamon on a Dell Studio 1737. Can anyone tell me if this is a Ubuntu driver bug, or if I am looking at a more serious hardware issue? Thanks.

  • Welcome to U&L . Please edit here by adding the output of rfkill list and dmesg | grep -i blue
    – GAD3R
    Commented Oct 22, 2017 at 19:03

1 Answer 1


You can try this:

sudo apt-get install blueman 

In most of all cases it works.

  • Thanks! I also just discovered that by removing my device from the list of known devices and re-pairing it seems to solve the problem as well. For some reason it didn't work yesterday, worked today.
    – Martin
    Commented Oct 22, 2017 at 22:29
  • I've traced the problem back to the particular bluetooth card installed in my computer. Unfortunately, it does not appear to support a connection with an old Nokia C3. Thanks for the tip, though!
    – Martin
    Commented Oct 22, 2017 at 22:37

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