FIXED: Intel 7265 bluetooth issue

I’ve been searching the Internet and this site for several days, read a ton of stuff, and found many similar issues which mostly resolved. None of the threads on the right (“similar to”) helped. I apologize for having something that seems similar to dozens of other threads but my issue remains intractable. The Arch wiki seems to have the best info on troubleshooting bluetooth but I was not able to correct the issue using that page.

Any help would be appreciated!

My Manjaro KDE system is up to date. I have a working bluetooth dongle so I know the bluetooth subsystem is fine.

I’ve recently added a TP-Link Archer T5E card. This PCIe card hosts an Intel Wireless 7265 M.2 card.

Wifi is working perfectly with this card. Bluetooth on this card does not work nor is it recognized. The small BT USB dongle has been removed.

$ sudo dmidecode -t 2

dmidecode 3.5

Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 2.8 present.

Handle 0x0002, DMI type 2, 15 bytes
Base Board Information
Manufacturer: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd.
Product Name: B360M PRO-VDH (MS-7B24)
Version: 2.0
Serial Number: I416953111
Asset Tag: Default string
Board is a hosting board
Board is replaceable
Location In Chassis: Default string
Chassis Handle: 0x0003
Type: Motherboard
Contained Object Handles: 0

*** Firmware updated to 7B24vAC (newest firmware from MSI)

I do not see a fastboot option in the BIOS. Current boot is set to “Legacy+UEFI”.

No Windows on this machine or any ability to boot Windows.

$ mhwd-kernel -li
Currently running: 6.1.41-1-MANJARO (linux61)
The following kernels are installed in your system:

  • linux419
  • linux61

$ sudo lspci
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7265 (rev 59)

Card is recognized. Wifi working perfectly.

lsusb does not list the device

The KDE bluetooth manager shows “No Bluetooth adapters found”

$ inxi -Fazy
Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac:
Device-2: Intel Wireless 7265 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel pcie: gen: 1
speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:095a class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac:

  • No bluetooth

$ sudo lshw
description: PCI bridge
product: Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #7
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 1c.6
bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.6
version: f0
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=pcieport
resources: irq:122 memory:a0100000-a01fffff
description: Wireless interface
product: Wireless 7265
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
logical name: wlp3s0
version: 59
serial: ba:7b:fd:70:79:c4
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=6.1.41-1-MANJARO firmware=29.4063824552.0 7265D-29.ucode latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
resources: irq:129 memory:a0100000-a0101fff

  • Again, no mention of bluetooth

$ lsmod | grep bt  :heavy_check_mark:
btusb 69632 0
btrtl 28672 1 btusb
btbcm 24576 1 btusb
btintel 45056 1 btusb
btmtk 16384 1 btusb
bluetooth 937984 12 btrtl,btmtk,btintel,btbcm,bnep,btusb

If someone could point me in the right direction, I would love it!

This was an old card of mine and indeed bluetooth was working. Let’s see what rfkill list say.


:point_up: I have a ThinkPad with such card - no issues

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It doesn’t find the card. Nothing in “rfkill list”.

I’ve tried booting from the Manjaro install USB, also. It doesn’t find the BT, either.

$ rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

I see, I don’t want to go this far so quickly, but it’s also a stupid experience of mine. Can you check the card to see if both antennas are properly connected? One case I had back then was one of them was loose, forgot which one but basically both need to be connected.

If that’s fine, then I will need another output from sudo lsusb -v | grep -i bluetooth -A 2 and inxi -E. This card, despite connected through PCIe, will have its Bluetooth functionality registered through USB.

Let’s hope you don’t get a hardware defect, though.

Perhaps the man-in-the-middle - the Archer card does not identify the BT on the 7265.

To correctly troubleshoot this, you should attach the card to another system - a laptop preferrably - and verify if BT then works.

It is entirely possible that bluetooth is disabled an you have to enable it.

You have not mentioned what backend you are using for bluetooth … or the environment as a whole.

I appreciate the help.

leledumbo, the antennas are connected with tiny wires which seem to be properly secured.

$ sudo lsusb -v | grep -i bluetooth -A 2

$ inxi -E
Message: No bluetooth data found.

I appreciate your note, linux-aarhus.

It will take me a few days to test the 7265 M.2 card. I have a buddy who may be able to help and this system does have an M.2 slot that may prove helpful (but no Windows OS with which to test).

For what it’s worth, the box this card came in is literally labelled “AC1200 Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.2 PCIe Adapter”.

Just a quick reminder… Many PCIe cards with M.2 have a USB port that you must connect to your motherboard’s F_USB connector. I believe that card is one of them. Check the manual that came with it.

Good luck


You are hella correct.

Sorry to take so long to circle back. It took a few days to find the cable.

It works well with the cable. This was never an OS problem.

I really appreciate the help. Hopefully, this thread will help someone else in the future.

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