I run Kubuntu Quantal on a Macbook 8-2 and want to disable the Bluetooth device.

Yeah, disable, not just hide or stop a deamon, but shut off the damn hardware.

I know it can be done on Lenovos using

echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/thinkpad_acpi/bluetooth_enable

but for Macbooks? Someone briefly told me about -bt 0 but couldn't really remember ... and that string is certainly hard to google.


You can blacklist the bluetooth kernel module:

echo bluetooth >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

This should disable the device from being initialized.

As far as -bt 0. I was able to google it with disable bluetooth "bt 0". The first result suggests it was a flag passed to hal to disable bluetooth. Unfortunately hal is depreciated so this method will no longer work.

  • Yap, with reference to hal I found /usr/lib/hal/hal-system-smbios --bt 0. Thanks. But udev should have a similar feature. I'll google that... – arney Apr 26 '13 at 14:08

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