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Help getting BCM 43142 bluetooth to work, wifi works fine

asked 2014-08-24 01:29:20 -0500

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updated 2014-09-28 10:15:56 -0500

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Trying to get my BCM 43142 card's bluetooth to work on Lenovo z50. I followed instructions from this forum to install the akmod-wl to get the wifi working. But I am not able to get bluetooth working.

When I go to Settings -> Bluetooth, it says Bluetooth is disabled.

uname -r

Output from lspci

$ lspci | grep BCM
lspci -v | grep BCM
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)

rfkill says

$ rfkill list bluetooth
2: ideapad_bluetooth: Bluetooth
   Soft blocked: yes
   Hard blocked: no
$ rfkill unblock bluetooth
$ rfkill list bluetooth
2: ideapad_bluetooth: Bluetooth
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: no

Output from hciconfig and hcitool

$ hciconfig 
$ hcitool dev


$ dmesg | grep Blue
[   34.902228] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.19
[   34.902285] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[   34.902292] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[   34.902294] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[   34.902300] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[   34.905466] Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3
[   34.905469] Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast
[   34.905477] Bluetooth: BNEP socket layer initialized

Loaded modules

lsmod | grep 'rfkill\|bluetooth'
bluetooth             429257  5 bnep
rfkill                 21979  7 cfg80211,ideapad_laptop,bluetooth

And finally the installed rpms:

rpm -qa | grep blue
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Same here, but I have a Lenovo G510.

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-24 01:45:14 -0500 )edit

@cx0der - Does it get detected by bluedevil?

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-24 04:35:46 -0500 )edit

is there a directory /var/lib/bluetooth/

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-24 04:39:25 -0500 )edit

I installed Bluedevil, still no luck. When I run bluedevil-monolith and click on the icon, it says no adapter found.

/var/lib/bluetooth directory is present, but empty

cx0der gravatar imagecx0der ( 2014-08-24 09:30:56 -0500 )edit

OK, so bluetooth card is not detected.

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-24 18:45:27 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-08-28 10:42:37 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

See if this fixes it:

sudo yum install bluez-hid2hci
sudo systemctl restart bluetooth.service
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Sorry man, doesn't work :(

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-28 16:45:09 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-01-08 16:52:19 -0500

I had the same problem in a Dell Inspiron 11 3000, with the same bluetooth / wifi chip. Here's how I solved it in Fedora 25:

I hope it helps.

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answered 2016-01-02 05:12:34 -0500

MateuszK gravatar image

I have this problem too. I resolved it some time ago on Ubuntu, but have no time/not enough patience to configure it on Fedora too.

It is (probably) caused by lack of Bluetooth firmware (approriate information you will find in dmesg). Unfortunately, in most tutorials/to-do which I found over the Internet, most people suggest to copy firmware from Windows machine for example here.. Some of them pack firmware, for example here.

Anyway, I think that you need to find binary with firmware, copy it to /lib/firmware/brcm/ and then restart system. Please let us know if you have succeed, and write step-by-step tutorial :-)

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