Bluetooth and Skype

Marius Gedminas marius at
Mon Dec 11 17:28:07 UTC 2006

On Mon, Dec 11, 2006 at 02:58:40PM +0000, Ken Adams wrote:
> I am using Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. I have a working USGB Bluetooth adaptor that
> I use to transfer files both ways to my mobile phone.
> What I what to do is setup my Bluetooth earpiece as a second sound
> device and use it with Skype. This I already have running in windows XP
> and is just about the last thing left to port over to Ubuntu. I can see
> XP being wiped by Christmas if I can get this last bit running.
> Any help much appreciated

This worked for me (Sony-Ericsson HBH-30).  It might work for you:

  sudo apt-get install bluez-btsco

(You may need to modprobe sco and snd-bt-sco, but I'm pretty sure these
get loaded automatically.  /usr/share/doc/bluez-btsco/README.gz contains
the documentation.)

  sudo /etc/init.d/bluez-utils restart
        # Without this the bluetooth daemon cannot open a GUI window to
        # ask for a PIN, IIRC.  A minor bug present in Dapper.

  sudo hciconfig hci0 voice 0x0060

        I don't know what this does.  The readme I mentioned above said
        to do it.

        Now hold down the headset button for 10 seconds to initiate
        pairing.  (The method may be different for your headset, but
        that's what manuals are for.)

  hcitool scan

        Find out the MAC address of the headset.

  btsco XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX   # replace with real MAC address

        A popup should appear for entering the PIN.  My headset wanted

        The popup appears only once.  Every other time when you want to
        use the headset, you'll have to run the btsco command after
        turning the headset on.

While btsco is running you have a new audio device.  ALSA-using
applications like Ekiga should give you a drop-down to choose between
with your sound card and the headset.  Old-style OSS-using applications
can use /dev/dsp1 instead of /dev/dsp.  Skype 1.3 beta uses ALSA, but I
haven't tried to use my headset with Skype yet.  The stable 1.2 version
uses OSS and you have to choose /dev/dsp1 as the audio devices.

It may be a good idea to put this up in the Ubuntu wiki.


Uh, actually, there's already a page there:

The instructions are essentially the same.

Marius Gedminas
Unix is the answer, but only if you phrase the question very carefully.
                -- Belinda Asbell
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