Bluetooth fail after system update

After system update 3 days ago, I can no longer send files to my phone (or any of the other 2 phones I’ve tried) over bluetooth. I did not change kernel during the update, as my current kernel is 6.6.26-1 LTS.

All phones are android.

I did transfer files to the phone a few hours before the update. Hence I know it was working before.

Now, when I try to send files using the Blueman Bluetooth Manager I get the message

name is not activatable

The message arrives immediately. Apparently it doesn’t even try to connect to the phone.
When I try to send files from phone to pc, I get the message “send failed” immediately. I doesn’t look like it even tries to send.

What I’ve tried so far is:

unpair - (re)pair from pc.
on phone I selected the pc and pressed “unpair”
on pc, in bluman I selected the phone and pressed the “-” icon.

Then I pressed “search” in bluman. Phone came up as search result
I right clicked on the phone → Connect.
Pair request showed up on phone.
And pair confirm message showed up on pc.
numbers were the same on both devices

I pressed “confirm” on PC and “pair” on phone.
BlueMan now showed a red line stating

Connection Failed: br.connection-create-socket

But, even though there is this error showing, the phone turns up in Blumans list of devices, and pc shows up in phones list of devices

I repeated the pair process several times, with the same red error message.

Then I selected “make discoverable” from the bluetooth system tray icon.
On phone I click on the PC.
On PC it pops up a message to allow “advanced audio”. I select accept.
Now phone is shown as Trusted in pc’s list of devices.
Phone shows pc as “connected, active”

Sending files still fails with the same error as when I started.

unpair - (re)pair from phone
I unpaired phone and PC as descibed above.
Then I selected “make discoverable” from the bluetooth system tray icon on pc.
On phone I click on the PC.
On PC it pops up a message to allow “headset”. I select accept.
On PC it pops up a message to allow “advanced audio”. I select accept.
Now phone is shown as Trusted in pc’s list of devices.
Phone shows pc as “connected, active”

Sending files still fails with the same error as when I started.

I’ve also tried

# systemctl stop bluetooth.service
# systemctl disable bluetooth.service 
# systemctl enable bluetooth.service 
# systemctl start bluetooth.service

# inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --width
System:
  Kernel: 6.6.26-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1
    clocksource: tsc avail: acpi_pm
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-6.6-x86_64
    root=UUID=b71e4128-01e3-4565-97ec-2fa0745987aa rw sysrq_always_enabled=1
    apparmor=1 security=apparmor
    resume=UUID=daf0114f-9ff9-4f2e-884d-24924538c92b udev.log_priority=3
  Desktop: Xfce v: 4.18.1 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.36 wm: xfwm4 v: 4.18.0
    with: xfce4-panel tools: light-locker vt: 7 dm: LightDM v: 1.32.0
    Distro: Manjaro base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: SCHENKER product: SCHENKER_VIA_14_SVI14E20 v: N/A
    serial: N/A Chassis: Notebook type: 10 serial: N/A
  Mobo: SCHENKER model: L140CU serial: N/A
    uuid: 134d0113-41ba-4784-a70a-186214504847 UEFI: INSYDE v: 1.07.08
    date: 03/27/2020
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 54.9 Wh (100.0%) condition: 54.9/73.9 Wh (74.2%)
    volts: 8.3 min: 7.7 model: Notebook BAT type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
    status: full
Memory:
  System RAM: total: 24 GiB available: 23.21 GiB used: 18.89 GiB (81.4%)
    igpu: 32 MiB
  Array-1: capacity: 32 GiB slots: 2 modules: 2 EC: None
    max-module-size: 16 GiB note: est.
  Device-1: ChannelA-DIMM0 type: DDR4 detail: synchronous size: 8 GiB
    speed: 2667 MT/s volts: curr: 1.2 min: 1.5 max: 1.5 width (bits): data: 64
    total: 64 manufacturer: Samsung part-no: M471A1G44AB0-CTD serial: N/A
  Device-2: ChannelB-DIMM0 type: DDR4 detail: synchronous size: 16 GiB
    speed: 2667 MT/s volts: curr: 1.2 min: 1.5 max: 1.5 width (bits): data: 64
    total: 64 manufacturer: Crucial part-no: CT16G4SFD8266.C16FD1
    serial: <filter>
CPU:
  Info: model: Intel Core i5-10210U socket: BGA1528 (U3E1) note: check bits: 64
    type: MT MCP arch: Comet/Whiskey Lake note: check gen: core 10 level: v3
    note: check built: 2018 process: Intel 14nm family: 6 model-id: 0x8E (142)
    stepping: 0xC (12) microcode: 0xF8
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB
    L3: 6 MiB desc: 1x6 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1287 high: 1300 min/max: 400/4200 base/boost: 1485/8300
    scaling: driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave volts: 0.8 V
    ext-clock: 100 MHz cores: 1: 1300 2: 1300 3: 1300 4: 1232 5: 1300 6: 1297
    7: 1267 8: 1300 bogomips: 33615
  Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm acpi adx aes aperfmperf apic arat
    arch_capabilities arch_perfmon art avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 bts clflush
    clflushopt cmov constant_tsc cpuid cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64
    dtherm dts epb ept ept_ad erms est f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fma fpu
    fsgsbase fxsr ht hwp hwp_act_window hwp_epp hwp_notify ibpb ibrs
    ibrs_enhanced ida intel_pt invpcid lahf_lm lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor
    movbe mpx msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm
    pdpe1gb pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pts rdrand rdseed rdtscp
    rep_good sdbg sep sgx smap smep ss ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp
    syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_adjust tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi
    vpid x2apic xgetbv1 xsave xsavec xsaveopt xsaves xtopology xtpr
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: gather_data_sampling mitigation: Microcode
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Split huge pages
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: reg_file_data_sampling status: Not affected
  Type: retbleed mitigation: Enhanced IBRS
  Type: spec_rstack_overflow status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
    prctl
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
    sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Enhanced / Automatic IBRS; IBPB: conditional;
    RSB filling; PBRSB-eIBRS: SW sequence; BHI: SW loop, KVM: SW loop
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel CometLake-U GT2 [UHD Graphics] vendor: CLEVO/KAPOK
    driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-9.5 process: Intel 14nm built: 2016-20
    ports: active: eDP-1 empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-1,HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 00:02.0
    chip-ID: 8086:9b41 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: Chicony USB2.0 Camera driver: uvcvideo type: USB rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 1-7:2 chip-ID: 04f2:b684
    class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.12 compositor: xfwm4 v: 4.18.0 driver:
    X: loaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa dri: iris gpu: i915
    display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
    s-diag: 582mm (22.93") monitors: <missing: xrandr>
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: AU Optronics 0x623d built: 2018 res: 1920x1080
    dpi: 158 gamma: 1.2 size: 309x174mm (12.17x6.85") diag: 355mm (14")
    ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
  API: OpenGL Message: Unable to show GL data. glxinfo is missing.
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP cAVS vendor: CLEVO/KAPOK
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl
    bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:02c8 class-ID: 0403
  API: ALSA v: k6.6.26-1-MANJARO status: kernel-api with: aoss
    type: oss-emulator tools: alsactl,alsamixer,amixer
  Server-1: JACK v: 1.9.22 status: off tools: N/A
  Server-2: PipeWire v: 1.0.3 status: off tools: pw-cli
  Server-3: PulseAudio v: 17.0 status: active (root, process) with:
    1: pulseaudio-alsa type: plugin 2: pulseaudio-jack type: module
    tools: pacat,pactl,pavucontrol
Network:
  Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
    bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:02f0 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
    broadcast: <filter>
  IF-ID-1: brfjt state: up speed: -1 duplex: unknown mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: global broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  IF-ID-2: brlyc state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: unknown mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: global broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  IF-ID-3: brmen state: up speed: -1 duplex: unknown mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: global broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  IF-ID-4: brprt state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: unknown mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: global broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  IF-ID-5: brptp state: up speed: -1 duplex: unknown mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: global broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  IF-ID-6: dumfjt state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-7: dumlyc state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-8: dummen state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-9: dumprt state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-10: dumptp state: unknown speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-11: vboxnet0 state: down mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-12: veth2237eth0 state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full
    mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-13: veth53088eth0 state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full
    mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-14: veth8683eth0 state: up speed: 10000 Mbps duplex: full
    mac: <filter>
  Info: services: NetworkManager, sshd, systemd-timesyncd, wpa_supplicant
  WAN IP: <filter>
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel AX201 Bluetooth driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB rev: 2.0
    speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 1-10:3 chip-ID: 8087:0026
    class-ID: e001
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: down bt-service: N/A rfk-block:
    hardware: no software: no address: see --recommends
Logical:
  Message: No logical block device data found.
RAID:
  Device-1: m type: zfs status: ONLINE level: linear raw: size: 476 GiB
    free: 97.2 GiB allocated: 379 GiB zfs-fs: size: 524.28 GiB free: 82.44 GiB
  Components: Online:
  1: nvme1n1 maj-min: 259:8 size: 476.94 GiB
  Device-2: z type: zfs status: ONLINE level: linear raw: size: 780 GiB
    free: 53.7 GiB allocated: 726 GiB zfs-fs: size: 755.75 GiB free: 29.46 GiB
  Components: Online:
  1: nvme0n1p7 maj-min: 259:7 size: 781.65 GiB
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: raw: 1.38 TiB usable: 1.4 TiB used: 1.03 TiB (73.8%)
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Kingston model: SA2000M81000G
    size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s
    lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: S5Z42105 temp: 26.9 C
    scheme: GPT
  SMART: yes health: PASSED on: 1y 314d 3h cycles: 1,408
    read-units: 31,010,219 [15.8 TB] written-units: 31,687,136 [16.2 TB]
  ID-2: /dev/nvme1n1 maj-min: 259:8 vendor: Micron model: 2200 MTFDHBA512TCK
    size: 476.94 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s
    lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: P1MU003 temp: 25.9 C
    scheme: GPT
  SMART: yes health: PASSED on: 163d 23h cycles: 4,143
    read-units: 14,165 [7.25 GB] written-units: 246,578 [126 GB]
  Message: No optical or floppy data found.
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 4.88 GiB size: 4.71 GiB (96.49%) used: 3.55 GiB (75.4%)
    fs: ext4 block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 maj-min: 259:3 label: N/A
    uuid: b71e4128-01e3-4565-97ec-2fa0745987aa
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
    used: 292 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat block-size: 512 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1
    maj-min: 259:1 label: N/A uuid: 6753-CC31
  ID-3: /com/common raw-size: N/A size: 59.92 GiB used: 30.46 GiB (50.8%)
    fs: zfs logical: z/common
  ID-4: /com/iva raw-size: N/A size: 520.78 GiB used: 491.33 GiB (94.3%)
    fs: zfs logical: z/iva
  ID-5: /com/pr raw-size: N/A size: 35.41 GiB used: 5.95 GiB (16.8%) fs: zfs
    logical: z/pr
  ID-6: /com/sw raw-size: N/A size: 227.99 GiB used: 198.53 GiB (87.1%)
    fs: zfs logical: z/sw
  ID-7: /com/vb raw-size: N/A size: 358.66 GiB used: 276.22 GiB (77.0%)
    fs: zfs logical: m/vb
  ID-8: /home raw-size: 87.76 GiB size: 85.33 GiB (97.23%)
    used: 29.51 GiB (34.6%) fs: ext4 block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p6
    maj-min: 259:6 label: N/A uuid: b6c4a853-9def-48bf-9586-ec731ff3c88f
  ID-9: /usr raw-size: 17.22 GiB size: 16.84 GiB (97.82%)
    used: 12.4 GiB (73.7%) fs: ext4 block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5
    maj-min: 259:5 label: N/A uuid: 64523363-5d2a-4e1a-825d-23fa623fa8cb
  ID-10: /var raw-size: 15.29 GiB size: 14.97 GiB (97.89%)
    used: 7.65 GiB (51.1%) fs: ext4 block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4
    maj-min: 259:4 label: N/A uuid: 8da49cc0-3304-4db8-894f-241e809ee825
  ID-11: /var/tmp/audacity-marli raw-size: N/A size: 82.44 GiB
    used: 128 KiB (0.0%) fs: zfs logical: m/test-open
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 5 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) zswap: yes
    compressor: zstd max-pool: 20%
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 24.41 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
    priority: -2 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2 label: N/A
    uuid: daf0114f-9ff9-4f2e-884d-24924538c92b
Unmounted:
  ID-1: /dev/nvme1n1p9 maj-min: 259:10 size: 8 MiB fs: N/A label: N/A uuid: N/A
USB:
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: hi-speed hub with single TT ports: 12 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s (57.2 MiB/s) lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 chip-ID: 1d6b:0002
    class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 1-7:2 info: Chicony USB2.0 Camera type: video driver: uvcvideo
    interfaces: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s (57.2 MiB/s) lanes: 1 mode: 2.0
    power: 500mA chip-ID: 04f2:b684 class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
  Device-2: 1-10:3 info: Intel AX201 Bluetooth type: bluetooth driver: btusb
    interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s (1.4 MiB/s) lanes: 1 mode: 1.1
    power: 100mA chip-ID: 8087:0026 class-ID: e001
  Hub-2: 2-0:1 info: super-speed hub ports: 6 rev: 3.1
    speed: 10 Gb/s (1.16 GiB/s) lanes: 1 mode: 3.2 gen-2x1 chip-ID: 1d6b:0003
    class-ID: 0900
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 41.0 C pch: 39.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 524 Power: uptime: 2d 13h 47m states: freeze,mem,disk
    suspend: s2idle avail: deep wakeups: 4 hibernate: platform avail: shutdown,
    reboot, suspend, test_resume image: 9.27 GiB
    services: upowerd,xfce4-power-manager Init: systemd v: 255
    default: graphical tool: systemctl
  Packages: 1559 pm: pacman pkgs: 1556 libs: 440 tools: pamac pm: flatpak
    pkgs: 0 pm: snap pkgs: 3 Compilers: clang: 16.0.6 gcc: 13.2.1
    Shell: Bash (su) v: 5.2.26 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.34

Is bluez-obex installed?

No. I wasn’t. Now it is.

That changed things. Now I can send files from phone to pc, but not from pc to phone.
When sending from PC it now tries to send, connects to phone, the I get this error:

 Error occurred while sending file [name of file]

Edit: I’m still not able to pair with phone from pc. But it works from phone.

I use KDEconnect instead of Blueman. It works very well with Android phones & doesn’t require the KDE desktop. Install it on your PC and the app from the app store on your phone. It also works on iphones but not as flawlessly as it does on Android.

I’m just mentioning it in case you are not aware it exists.

https://kdeconnect.kde.org/

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KDEconnect looks like a cloud service, giving a cloud access to both the phone and the pc. That is far from a bluetooth connection between the two.

Well, despite whatever you might think it looks like:

I hope this brief description helps to clarify the purpose of KDEconnect. :slight_smile:

Cheers.

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It’s not a cloud service. It is wireless communication over a local area network; it doesn’t use the internet at all. It has a lot of nice features. The following is from Github:

Some Features

Shared clipboard: copy and paste between your phone and your computer (or any other device).

Notification sync: Read and reply to your Android notifications from the desktop.

Share files and URLs instantly from one device to another including some filesystem integration.

Multimedia remote control: Use your phone as a remote for Linux media players.

Virtual touchpad: Use your phone screen as your computer’s touchpad and keyboard.

Presentation remote: Advance your presentation slides straight from your phone.

Run Commands: Run shell commands on your computer from your phone.

Access SMS: Read, send and reply to SMS and MMS from your computer.

All this is done completely wirelessly, utilizing TLS encryption.

Thank you for that information.

This topic is about how to make bluetooth work again after system update…

Yes well if Blueman is one of the things that got updated, you may want to try installing a previous version, or a later version. There seems to have been a lot of activity in April. Which version is installed on your PC ?

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blueman 2.3.5-3. Build date Feb. 11.
I guess thats not the one that got updated.

bluez 5.72-2. Build date Jan 14.
Can’t blame that one either.

bluez-libs and bluez-obex has same version and build date.

Must be something else causing the trouble.

One thing that I haven’t seen suggested so far is “Have you done a complete power off (not just a reboot) since the update?”

I had problems with Bluetooth a couple of times after updates a month or two ago, and all it took to fix the problem each time was a complete power off (in my case, shutting down my mini-PC & turning off the power at the power point for a couple of minutes). Apparently doing a complete power off can cause the firmware to be reloaded (although others here would know more about that than me).

By the way, I also recommend KDE Connect. I use it mainly to transfer video files from the PC in my study to the Android TV box in my living room.

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Yes I agree it must be something else that got updated. You could check the packages that bluez & blueman depend on; one of those may have gotten updated.

I’m updating my reply because I neglected to consider the possibility your bluexxx packages may need to be updated to newer versions in which the problem you’re having may have been fixed. If you need help locating & updating them I can help you. They are in the Arch package archive here: Index of /packages/

Over the last 4 or 5 months I’ve have had bluetooth connections drop-outs randomly, and devices show not being connected but they are connected and working, so something in Manjaro has problems which will probably get fixed sooner or later. I only use bluetooth for audio from PC to a stereo system not for file transfers. I realize your problem isn’t random but constant, but I thought I would mention it.

Also transferring files over bluetooth is slower than going over a network connection as KDE connect does it. The only advantage I can think of for using bluetooth instead of a network connection is you can do it anywhere, ie. places where connecting to a network is not possible.

This is strange. Now it works!
PC has not been rebooted since I started this thread. Auto updates are turned off (I do updates only at those times I’m willing to accept a reboot.)
The only thing I’ve done is to turn BT off, disable the service, left the pc running over night, and tried again.

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That’s great! Like I said in a previous post, there are unusual things happening with Bluetooth recently. When you restarted the service it probably reinitialized the Bluetooth hardware. Maybe that’s all it needed.

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I had restarted the service several times while trying to figure out why this was happening. That didn’t help. Maybe what was needed was that service was disabled for hours?

Now, the problem is back.
Well, was… after about 15 tries to stop-disable-mask- delay 3minutes -unmask-enable-start the bluetooth.service, I was able to transfer a file from pc to phone.
From phone to pc worked every time.

I can not find the bluetooth device in /dev/ after the update. :frowning:
bluetoothctl won’t find any device.

After today’s update, the bluetooth seem to work again. :smile: