Apple Bluetooth Keyboard (Al) and 8.10

Asked by Max Waterman on 2008-12-25

Hi,

I recently upgraded from (iirc) 8.04 to 8.10, and my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard (Al model) has stopped working.

I've looked through the forums and tried various things, but none of them work.

I know the keyboard is working since I can use it on other computers (eg Nokia E90).

My computer is a Lenovo T61.

'hcitool scan' shows that it sees my keyboard is there, but the bluetooth device wizard doesn't show anything - actually it doesn't show my Nokia E90 either (visibility is set to all).

My /etc/default/bluetooth file is (currently - I've tried a few combinations) :

BLUETOOTH_ENABLED=1
HID2HCI_ENABLED=1
#HID2HCI_UNDO=1
HIDD_ENABLED=1
HIDD_OPTIONS=" --server --connect 00:1B:63:FC:32:15"

The address there is the one for my keyboard, as I noted down from my 8.04 setup, and also as reported by hcitool (so it hasn't changed).

If I switch on my keyboard (so that the green led is double flashing) and try 'hidd --server --connect 00:1B:63:FC:32:15' it responds by saying 'Can't get device information: Host is down'.

How should I get my keyboard working?

Max.

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2009-06-07
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2009-05-23
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #1

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I don't have anything to add, apart from that this is still an issue.

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still an issue...

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still an issue...

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still an issue...

is there *anything* I can do to get this question addressed?

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still an issue...sad that this is still an issue, but it is still an issue

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still an issue...

Hans van den Bogert (hbogert) said : #13

google on blueman
or make a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/blueman.list

with the following :
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/blueman/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

then do a apt-get/aptitude update
and install the blueman packages, you might run into a breakage, uninstalling the old libbluetooth solves if I remember correctly. I don't know how well HID works with blueman with a reboot/cold boot.

Thanks for the extra info. I installed the package just fine and, yes, it's much nicer to install things now. However, it still doesn't work.

'Search' will find my keyboard, but when I try to 'setup'/pair with the keyboard, it says 'Failed to add device'.

I can easily connect the keyboard with my S60 phone, so I know it's not the batteries or anything like that.

Any clues?

smrsmr (sergi-mateu) said : #15

I'm having the same problem too.
I have a Microsoft keyboard anb bluetooth-wizard can't pair with the keyboard.

Try installing hidd:
sudo apt-get install bluez-compat

and then click on your keyboard connection button and execute this:
sudo hidd --connect 00:1B:63:FC:32:15

The problem is that i have to reconnect if I don't use it during 1 or 2 minutes

smrsmr said :
> sudo hidd --connect <mac>

(I got the mac from the bluetooth manager from the System/Preferences menu, after pressing the 'Search' button)

That seemed to make a big difference. After doing that, when I type a code into the keyboard, the blueman applet says I need to enter the code and after I do that, it connects just fine.

I still think this needs to be fixed somehow, so that this hidd command somehow isn't needed. Any ideas?

Max.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #17

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The keyboard pairing works very nicely in Jaunty, though I did an 'upgrade' so there's no telling how much config is left over from before.

Lionel VICTOR (lionel-victor) said : #19

Max ?

You said pairing works nice in jaunty...

I have an apple bluetoothe keyboard as well, pairing works but it won't reconnect if I turn the keyboard off and on again... It used to work on intrepid with the legacy hidd package, but installing it on jaunty has not helped.

Do you have the same issue ? If no can you provide additional details about how you paired / configured your setup.

many thanks in advance

Sorry it took me so long to reply...but, no, I can't provide any more info. I just tried it again on a different machine and it took me a while to get it to pair, but once I have it paired, switching the keyboard off and on again results in it just pairing automatically.