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How to install a bluetooth keyboard in Fedora 20?

asked 2014-01-05 21:15:17 -0500

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updated 2014-09-28 10:13:51 -0500

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In the past (pre-Fedora 20) I had trouble installing (bluetooth-connect) the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000, but at the end I managed to connect it with blueman. Now there is no blueman in Fedora 20, and the canonical way of connecting ends with a message "Setting up 'Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000' failed"

The bluetooth works because I was able to connect other things (headphones) but the (this?) keyboard is problematic.

Any workaround that can be used with this or other keyboards?

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Out of desperation, what I did (for the first time) is to choose the option "Don't pair" (when it asks for the keyphrase to be used). Guess what... it worked. But I am not sure if this is a permanent solution (re-pair every boot)

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2014-01-05 23:24:14 -0500 )edit

Not that this is any help, but I haven't had much luck pairing things in Fedora (haven't used Ubuntu in a while). I would file a bug report to help the devs test things.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2014-01-06 21:44:29 -0500 )edit

I had the same issue with an HP Bluetooth Keyboard. It just would not connect. Then I used your hint and clicked "Don't pair" in the PIN options. This time the keyboard began blinking frantically. Pressed the blinking key and voila, it works just fine. Many thanks!

dcpust gravatar imagedcpust ( 2015-04-17 03:51:06 -0500 )edit

@dcpust, Yes, the problem I have is that I have to do this very often. It won't connect automatically after the next disconnection. Bluetooth always gave me problems, nothing like the good old (wireless) usb.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2015-04-17 22:56:32 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-01-14 05:05:53 -0500

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updated 2014-01-14 05:25:19 -0500

I had the same issue and was somewhat frustrated by the complete lack of logging.

It turns out that the problem is that the wizard doesn't enable the agent so the pin is never displayed. To solve this issue just pair using "bluetoothctl"

Here' what I did more or less, at the bluetoothctl prompt it will list the id's of the discoverable devices. type the following:

agent on trust <dev id=""> // not sure if this is really needed but that's what i did pair <dev id=""> // it will ask you for a pin entry connect <dev id="">

After that the keyboard is paired :-)

Good luck

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Also one frustrating issue is that after you managed to pair your keyboard it's only repaired after login. Which is, well, useless when you have a password set on your account.

Teitr gravatar imageTeitr ( 2014-01-14 06:13:00 -0500 )edit

Thanks that works for me. Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 realived!

knot gravatar imageknot ( 2014-02-10 00:58:45 -0500 )edit

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