dimanche 1 novembre 2009

Fedora 11 : Enable Dell 370 bluetooth card

I have a Dell e6400 professional laptop. Installed the 370 bluetooth minicard but it wasn't recognized.

Running hcitool scan i had :

Device is not available: No such device

It turns out that this can be fixed by two steps,one of them is lame.
  1. Install the Dell drivers in Windoze while this bug is resolved : https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/bluez/+bug/277211 (also affects Ubuntu). This will enable the hardware part (the bluetooth led will now be active in Linux). There is probably a way to activate it in Linux, but my laptop came with XP, and i kept the partition so that was easier.
  2. For the software part, run the hid2hci utility to make the device connectable by non-HID devices (i.e other than mice and keyboards, for example bluetooth headsets). You have to identify which device in the lsusb output is the card. For me, it was : ID 413c:8158 Dell Computer Corp. It is probably the same for you. So, run this command as root : hid2hci -v 413c -p 8158 -r hci -m dell
  3. You can now run ,as root : hcitool scan . This should scan for devices instead of giving the "no such device" error.
  4. Enjoy !

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