making a bluetooth speaker work

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Fri Nov 18 17:42:48 UTC 2016

My suggestion then would be to install pacmd and run that in a console 
once you learn how to use it and see if you can change to c2 using pacmd 
as root, then run alsactl store as root and see if that works.

On Fri, 18 Nov 2016, Glenn / Lenny wrote:

> Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:13:09
> From: Glenn / Lenny <gervin at>
> To: Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at>, ubuntu-accessibility at
> Subject: Re: making a bluetooth speaker work
> Hi,
> For Juan, I did not have pacucontrol installed, so I installed it.
> It was easy enough to get around with Orca, but I could only read the name
> of the bluetooth speaker with the review controls, the actual cursor would
> never let me navigate to it to control it.
> Jude, I ran alsamixer, and it seemed unusable with Orca.
> When I do aplay -l
> I get a list, but bluetooth speaker on or off, there is no change, and it
> does not show up in the list.
> On another note, I did:
> speaker-test -c 2
> and the bluetooth speaker did the speaker test, but not the wired speaker
> that Orca runs through.
> Glenn
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jude DaShiell" <jdashiel at>
> To: "Glenn / Lenny" <gervin at>;
> <ubuntu-accessibility at>
> Sent: Friday, November 18, 2016 9:44 AM
> Subject: Re: making a bluetooth speaker work
> That's a pulseaudio/alsa problem depending on what you have on your
> system.  So pactl or alsamixer will be an intermediate tool for you to
> use to adjust output.  A primary command to run for output is aplay -l
> since that will tell you about all available devices.  What I would do
> is first shut the bluetooth speaker off and run aplay -l and check
> output.  Then turn on bluetooth speaker and make sure bluetooth speaker
> is paired and run aplay -l again.  See if the output is any different.
> If so, you probably know which speaker to set as the default.  Next,
> study pactl (good luck figuring out their terminology) and learn how to
> use that if you have pulseaudio installed on your system.  If not, you
> don't have to deal with pactl or pacmd.  Next study alsamixer and if you
> don't have pulseaudio installed, adjust your speaker with alsamixer and
> test with speakertest once adjusted with connected speakers attached and
> on.  If the connected speakers are silent but your bluetooth speaker
> runs then run alsactl store as root and then reboot and if all works
> well, your problem is solved.
> On Thu, 17 Nov 2016, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:42:12
>> From: Glenn / Lenny <gervin at>
>> To: ubuntu-accessibility at
>> Subject: making a bluetooth speaker work
>> Hi,
>> I am running Ubuntu 16.04 on an Intel NUC PPYH.
>> I have been using a regular speaker on it, but I want to use an Anker
>> pocket Bluetooth Speaker.
>> I got it found and configured from the Bluetooth manager, and in sound in
>> control center, I can test it fine.
>> But I cannot get system sounds or Orca to speak from it, the audio only
>> comes through connected speaker.
>> So how does one get it to default to the bluetooth speaker?
>> As mentioned, it works, as the left and right test sounds come from it,
>> but that is the only thing I can get it to do so far.
>> Thanks for any assistance.
>> Glenn


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