Yes, I’m still using Maverick, sue me. I have tailored my maverick install to my utmost liking, a little hack here and there, that I couldn’t (or wouldn’t want to try to) replicate on my 12.04 install.
So I’ve noticed that recently (I used to be able) I’ve been unable to pair a bluetooth headset to my 10.10. The same headset works fine on my 12.04, on the same notebook. So this is not hardware problem. I can also connect my Razer Orochi mouse to the 10.10. This happen to all 3 of my “headset” bluetooth devices (a Jabra Clipper, Plantronic Backbeat 903+, and a Logitech Miniboombox). Selecting “Set up new device” from the bluetooth applet, and following the steps always ends up failing.
I solved this by pairing (well, not exactly pairing) the headsets using Blueman, an alternative bluetooth applet for Ubuntu. You can install Blueman by doing:
ikhsan@Mach5-NX:~$ sudo apt-get install blueman
When I tried to pair the headset via Blueman, it gave the “Authentication canceled” error. After some googling I deduced that this has to do with the “Secure Simple Pairing” (SSP) not working as it should be
But oddly, you can do this
- Search for the headset using the search button. Don’t forget to set the headset to pairing-mode
- When the headset is listed on Blueman screen, highlight the headset by clicking it, and press the “+” button to “add” it
- Press the star button to set the headset as trusted
- Right click on the headset, and select “Headset service” to connect to the headset protocol, and “Audio sink” for A2DP stereo output
The next time you need to connect to the headset, just use the default bluetooth applet, by clicking the bluetooth icon on the menu-bar, and select the corresponding function