Bluetooth dysfunctional in Xubuntu 18.04

Asked by Jesse Stern on 2018-09-13

Hello, I'm having trouble with Bluetooth in a basic and fully updated install of Xubuntu 18.04. If I try to turn Bluetooth off in the xfce panel, nothing happens. If I exit the panel applet, it disappears from the Panel tray (as expected) but then I am unable to restart bluetooth. (Error: `Bluez daemon is not running, blueman-manager cannot continue. This probably means that there were no Bluetooth adapters detected or Bluetooth daemon was not started.`)

I have searched here and on SO, tried every suggestion on this thread (, but none of them seems to have any effect.

For example, when disabled, if I `sudo service bluetooth start`, nothing happens. if I `sudo bluetoothd`, the terminal stops responding and sometimes (but not usually) the bluetooth applet icon returns to the panel tray. If I run `hwinfo --bluetooth` or `sudo lshw | grep "bluetooth" -i` I get nothing. On a previous install of Ubuntu Studio, Bluetooth seemed to work OK. Could this indicate a missing driver? Do I need to manually install a driver for Xubuntu?

I rarely use bluetooth, so disabling it is an option, but basic functionality would be nice (i.e. the ability to turn bluetooth off/on).

FWIW, I posted this question back in August on AskUbuntu, and got the Tumbleweeds badge :/ so any reply, link, or suggestion would be helpful. Please and thank you.

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